Roger Hammer Music

Roger Hammer Music

 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Hand crafted folk rock built on the blues, all original, all the time.


Meet Roger:

What is Hand Crafted Folk Rock built on the Blues?  The hand crafted part refers to our style of original acoustic-oriented songs.  We also recognize the Blues as the basis for so much popular music that have been big influences to us.

Roger’s early musical training began with piano at the age of 5, followed by clarinet, sax, guitar and bass.   He has played in orchestras and bands in hundreds of appearances in Chicago and surrounding Midwest states.   Most recently he has played both solo and with Harrisburg area bands, and currently in the duo, Roger Hammer Music, with JD.   He proudly supports musical organizations like the Susquehanna Folk Music Society and the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Roger says:  "Covers are originals you have heard before, while standards are covers you have heard forever.   I try to write original music and lyrics that sound familiar enough to like right away, but with something new and interesting, and enough substance to last.  The singer-songwriter journey is fun and rewarding."

Meet JD:

JD has been playing guitar since age 10. He took lessons at Trombino's Music in Belle Vernon, PA during grade school and junior high school. He furthered his guitar skills taking lessons for one year in Amherst, MA at The Kevin Jones Guitar Studio, concentrating on Aaron Shearer's Scale Pattern Studies For Guitar. Following that he majored in classical guitar in college for 2 years, completing the Carcassi Classical Guitar Method, and other studies.

JD played in a rock band and a Tijuana brass band in high school. He was a guitar instructor at Osiecki's Music in Erie, PA and at his own guitar studio in Edinboro, PA. He has been in many bands over the years including classic rock, heavy metal, punk, wedding, easy listening, and acoustic duo. He continues to give lessons at his own private studio in Carlisle, PA.

These days he enjoys attending blues jams, playing and practicing during his spare time, and listening to varied types of music, including blues, jam bands, and bluegrass.