One of Rogers' primary influences is New Orleans music. Whether picking country-style through a one-time Crescent City gem like the Alvin Robinson hit "Down Home Girl," lending a sassy strut to the Willie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf classic "Built for Comfort," or working up Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" with a spirited second-line rhythm, Rogers never strays too far from the town. This goes for his originals as well. While it's impossible not to twinge at any good-timey references to the Big Easy these days, Rogers' stuff can endure the hit. The Kings' trio sound is well crafted: Underneath their leader's phenomenal work lurks extroverted drumming from Jim Sanchez and smart, economical bass from Steve Ehrmann. In Rogers' hands, the blues becomes a party -- and a wild one at that.
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