Roger Jaeger

Roger Jaeger

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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As Roger Jaeger's first full release since 2004, "Beacon" was forged in many late weekend night sessions in a small room in a church in Tulsa, OK. It is a collection of songs, written both in India and the US, that speak of healing broken relationships, picking up dreams once laid down, and enjoying life. Fascinating lyrical ideas are well-married with stimulating guitar and piano riffs.

Oh, and there's a little sitar in it.

Biography

Roger Jaeger’s reputation precedes him. While it’s easy to be captivated by this Oklahoma native’s tasty originals that would make any food critic salivate, it’s the combination of what you hear, and who Roger is as a person, that makes him a must-see.

 

For the year of 2005, Roger moved to India, where he learned to make the perfect cup of chai but more importantly, it was that same year when after being inspired by a track on Jeff Buckley's “Grace,” he met and fell in love with playing the sitar. Roger developed a strong devotion and passion for India, its people, and its culture. While there, all too suddenly, he became seriously ill with ulcerative colitis. After spending some days in the hospital in New Delhi, and then continuing the healing process for some years in his hometown, Roger developed a renewed sense of purpose, and his music took on a whole new meaning.

 

His debut release “Sunrise” (2004) and his sophomore record “Beacon” (2013), both share a recurring theme of light. A representation of both hope and revelation, Roger’s music is creative, inspiring and thought-provoking. With musical influences that range from Jars of Clay, One Republic, Jonny Lang, Foo Fighters and Sting, his songs strike a perfect balance between message and art. With the addition of the sitar, and the stories behind the instrument, an unexpected edge of cultural character was born, and beautifully paired to his guitar driven pop sound.  

 

Roger shares his music world-wide, (Follow him on www.RogerJaegerMusic.com, FB, Twitter, etc. leave links here), while also helping teach young songwriters and instrumentalists how to hone their craft. His latest single, “Rescue,” (Available online February 3rd, 2015) owns a strong, sophisticated, honest message of self-awareness. Extremely relatable, and total ear candy for all the sing-along-ers!

 

So between his unique bond with such a foreign culture, the messages through which he expresses via his music, and a very well respected musician, Roger Jaeger continues to bring an intriguing tone and a warm presence to every room he plays, and every fan he greets. 

Lyrics

Colours

Written By: Roger Jaeger

“Colours”

Crack your whips and chase them out
There won't be quite enough room
You've turned your back on those in need
And they'll see your colours soon
They'll see your colours soon

You try to build a paradise
But you're lost in bubbling trance
This fat-fake paradise
Is the colour of a dead man's dance

Beat them black and beat them blue
As you promise them all the while
They'll give you thanks and kiss your shoes
But they will see your coloured smile
They will see your coloured smile

You try to build a paradise
But you're lost in bubbling trance
This fat-fake paradise
Is the colour of a dead man's dance

They ask for help but you give them hate
And they'll come to know it well
Your greed unfolds a city's fate
And the colours of time will tell
The colours of time will tell

You try to build a paradise
But you're lost in bubbling trance
This fat-fake paradise
Is the colour of a dead man's dance

It’s a place, it’s a place where dead men dance

Stop

Written By: Roger Jaeger

So tell me what's been happening
Why we're facing trouble
I see the fury in your eyes
We throw this blame
This biting bitterness
It won't wait to flood our minds

But stop, stop
Let's unwind
Let's lay this down before we're out of time

I don't know what's got into me
I'm keeping fear in bottles
And every now and then I take a drink
I search for love
Not for loneliness
Though I have seen both of these things

But stop, stop
Let's unwind
Let's lay this down before we're out of time

Dragons

Written By: Roger Jaeger

I’ve been turning over stones and finding dragons chewing bones
And I’m so scared that I keep looking back
They look fierce so I suppose that I could chase some lesser gold
And I’m so scared that I keep looking back
They search my eyes and scan my soul, my chest goes numb, my stomach rolls
And I don’t know what to say; I don’t know what to say
They challenge me to bare my soul, so will I stand or will I fold?
When I don’t know what to say; I don’t know what to say

Face to face and nose to nose, I face the fiery undertones
Of ill intentions that have kept me turning back
I’d like to say I didn’t know, but I’ll no longer play the fool
So I confess that I’ve been holding back
Well search my eyes and scan my soul, search my eyes and scan my soul
Though I don’t know what to say; I don’t know what to say
Search my eyes and scan my soul; I lay it down, I release control
And I don’t know what to say; but I’ll say it anyway

If you gave me clear way I could follow, I could follow
Then I know that the silence would break in the morrow, tomorrow
Do you have a little courage that I could borrow, I could borrow?
‘Cause if I knew that you loved me I would not turn back

If you gave me clear way I could follow, I could follow
Then I know that the silence would break in the morrow, tomorrow
Do you have a little courage that I could borrow, I could borrow?
‘Cause if I knew that you loved me I would not turn back

Discography

Beacon - 2013
1. Not The Same
2. Beacon
3. Dragons
4. Other Side Of The World
5. In The Driest Place
6. No Clouds In Our Way
7. The Words You Said
8. Where The Roads Meet

Set List

Can cover from 30 min to 3 hours

Originals:
All I Need
Breaking Free
Brown
City Soul
Charade
Colours
Come On Down
Confused
Dragons
In The Driest Place
Like It Is
Maybe Soon
New Day
Not Even A Name
Not The Same
Overcome
Remedy
Run Together
Trust No Other
Stop
Sunrise
The Upside
The War Effort

Covers include:
Angel's Son - Sevendust
Apologize - One Republic
Autumn Leaves
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy Times - Jars Of Clay
A Few Of My Favorite Things
I Don't Wanna Be - Gavin Degraw
Kiss From A Rose- Seal
Once - from the film "Once"
See You - Foo Fighters
Survivor - Destiny's Child
Thankful - Caedmon's Call
'Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay