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Sep
02
Ben Rogers @ Just Singin' Round

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aug
10
Ben Rogers @ Havana Theatre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aug
01
Ben Rogers @ Harmony Arts Festival

West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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"Quite a sonic Extravaganza by an ambitious new songwriter." - Paul Myers (TV Week)


Wow. Part of the pleasure of listening to this Vancouver singer songwriter's record is that you never know what he'll do next. It's not predictable and its playfulness is indicative of someone confident in what he is doing. It's a mature record that reveals an awareness that goes beyond the latin feel of "I'll Get By" or the grit of "The (Red, White and) Blues to reveal a writer who knows how to pace and shape a song and therefore an album. Combined with a unified eclecticism and producer Matt Rogers' details he has a great first record. - The Vancouver Province


Too Cool. - Swerve Magazine, Calgary


What do you get when you put the pop insouciance of Ben Folds into the classic songwriter's mould of Stan Rogers? If Ben Rogers doesn't fit that bill, nobody will. The young Vancouver singer-songwriter's album, The Dawn of a New Error, is a playful exploration of style and content, ranging from the techno-bubble-gum sounds of "One in a Million" to the two-step tearjerker "So Broken". - Regina Leader Post


"Leonard Cohen for a New Generation." - Toronto Globe & Mail


"...Ben Rogers could be advancing big time...(He) lists everybody from Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Marcel Duchamp as influences and, sure 'nuff, you can hear it in the music, fresh but well steeped." - The Vancouver Province


"Rogers’ disc is brimming with great ideas, from the summer-sunshine pop of 'One in a Million’ to the Dixieland doodlings of ‘Second Hand Dreams'." - The Georgia Straight


"Ben Rogers' album smacks of unhampered creativity. The melody and instrumentation on this CD are as varied as the stories he sets to them. While he shows funk, soul and pop influences, the most interesting element is the slight country feel to his music. Ben captures the storytelling and poignancy of country music without sacrificing lyrical depth. On the contrary, Rogers' lyrics are a unique collection of metaphors and witticisms."
- Youthink Magazine


"Ben Rogers is as in person as he is on tape. He possesses a unique voice and wit to match." - Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar)


"At the risk of sounding like a 7-Up commericial, ahhhhh Ben Rogers is refreshing. A youthful fella that has to be seen live to really grasp the scope of what he does, he's quirky, clever, quick-witted, talented, and entertaining. That's a range that musicians seem to rarely be able to span so effortlessly - or at least make it seem effortless. - Cord Magazine


Discography

"The Devil Take the Hindmost" [Forthcoming in 2009]
1) The Dealer
2) Once a Wife, Twice a Widow
3) Cowboys and Indians
4) The Bums of Easy Street
5) Wildfire
6) Five Hundred Mile Blues
7) Trouble Me No More
8) The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run
9) Goodnight Forever

"The Dawn of a New Error" [2004]

1) One in a Million
2) Sex, Drugs & Disco
3) Roadblock
4) A Night on the Ghost Town
5) Glory Song
6) Spatulove
7) Second Hand Dreams
8) Jesus and a Jackknife
9) I'll Get By
10) So Broken
11) The (Red, White and) Blues
12) I Hate to Say This

Ben Rogers The Dawn of a New Error

The Dawn of a New Error is young Vancouver artist Ben Rogers' first full-length studio album, a unique collage of folk, funk and rock with influences as diverse as Dylan, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, but a sound and style that is all Ben Rogers' own. The album is an effective vehicle for Rogers' witty, intelligent lyrics, his velvet voice and his captivating performance style. From the rambunctious energy of One in a Million to the enchanting melody of Night on the Ghost Town, Ben's songs cover a wide range of moods and effects, while maintaining a continuous thread from start to finish. Described as the Leonard Cohen of a new generation, his lyrics are full of wit and paradox. Intensely personal, they also tell stories about the human condition and the world we all live in. The Dawn of a New Error is produced and recorded by Ben's brother Matthew Rogers, an established musician and producer. Under his supervision, The Dawn of a New Error is an impeccably orchestrated, well-formulated and artistically inspired creation. The album features many of Vancouver's most renowned musicians including Jesse Zubot (Zubot and Dawson), Robyn Carrigan (Bottleneck) and Alvin Cornista (Sekoya). It also attracted high profile collaborators such as legendary Canadian frontman and producer Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, The Trews), who was involved in co-producing and mixing.

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Bio

My great-great granduncle, George Rogers, was on a hunting trip in eastern Kansas with a friend. After trailing and driving deer for five days they still hadn't fired a single shot. But while canoeing down the Wakarusa River George spotted something hopeful through the brush along the riverbank. He took aim and fired. It was a good, clean shot and through the slow clearing smoke, he could see the foliage shake and spread beneath weight of the kill. He and his partner paddled ashore hurriedly to collect their prize but as they drew near, their minds filled with horror at the sight they beheld. A young squaw no more than sixteen, lay drenched in blood, slain by the bullet from George’s rifle. He had fatefully mistaken her buckskin garments for that of a living deer and shot her through the heart, killing her instantly. What he did not know then was that his victim was the princess of the Osage Indian tribe and when they finally tracked him down he was presented before the entire village, stripped, and then skinned alive.

When my grandfather told me that story, he concluded by saying: “Always know what you’re after, otherwise you might end up dead.” I was only eight years old at the time but I’ll be damned if it didn’t stick with me for the next twelve years. I went to art school and dropped out then tried my hand at film school only to drop out of that too. I never learned much of anything in either of those places. I guess it’s because my true teachers are people whose wisdom is unfettered and free, people who have stories to tell, people like my grandfather.

I can still remember the first time I heard Woody Guthrie. There was a power outage in the neighborhood and the only thing I could do was read Hemingway by candlelight and listen to my battery-powered radio. I turned it on and Tom Joad was playing. I put Hemingway down almost immediately. I had read Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath so I was familiar with the story but something in the way Woody sang it made my hair stand up and my skin get goose pimples. I bought his Dust Bowl Ballads album the following day and listening to it made me feel like I was someplace else. His songs are impeccably simple and poignant, archaic but everlasting. Nothing in his collection of work can be tied to the candied pandemonium of most contemporary music; pitch-shifted musclemen and midriff-bearing demi-divas.

Everyone always asks me why I always write about the past or set my stories in the past. Truth is, I can’t relate to anything today: computers, television, even the wars we’re fighting. It's like I always say: "out with the new, in with the old." That’s not to say I’m oblivious, I’m just not finished with the past and I'm in no hurry to catch up. I'm wandering along dormant railroads strangled by tall weeds in the time of cowboys and Indians. I'm lost somewhere along the Wakarusa River, but instead of a rifle in my hands, I got a '63 Gibson guitar and aside from a few cuts and scrapes, I still have most of my skin to speak of.

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Ben Rogers currently lives in Vancouver where he is recording his debut album, "The Devil Take the Hindmost", that is set to be released in early 2009 under Dragline Records. His songs are redolent with vivid images that tell timeless tales of murder, God, betrayal, war and the human condition through a voice of smoked damaged velvet soaked in Tennessee Whiskey. His advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised goes beyond his storytelling as Dragline has been working in conjunction with various charities and organizations such as Make Poverty History to raise awareness and inspire change. Ben Rogers will be performing abroad in the approaching months, rambling from town to town, hell-bent and dusty, telling his stories to listeners near and far.