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Recorded in London, with the exception of a string section played by Tim Lorsch in Nashville. With producer Steve Honest once again at the helm, this is possibly Roger's most powerful album yet, with the lyrics expressing many personal aspects of his life.

The latest album sees Roger once again gravitate towards his natural musical home genre Americana. That road started with his 2004 solo album "Find Your Wings", recorded in Spain and London with ex-Dolly Parton steel player Steve Honest as producer. Roger's songwriting was clearly in rapid ascendancy, and this caught the attention of Nashville veteran drummer Pat McInerney (co-producer of Nanci Griffith's hit Americana album "Hearts in Mind"), who promptly invited Roger to the U.S. to record with him and some of Nashville's finest.

“When you…give yourself over to the songs…it makes perfect sense" R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

"Fantastic songwriting ability" - Maverick Magazine

The resulting work was 2006's eclectic "Dust and Promises", featuring 11 of Roger's new songs resplendent in dobro, banjo, pedal steel and slide guitar arrangements. The songs themselves reflect Roger's unique take on love, life, peace and compassion. Among those taking part were Thomm Jutz (guitars), Mike Daly (dobro and pedal steel), Richard Bailey (banjo), Le Ann Etheridge (bass) and Cathryn Craig (vocals). In Roger's own words: "I couldn't believe the high standard of musicianship and how everyone knew instinctively what each song required. The guys respected the song and played as little or as much as was needed. Plus they were all such great people too!".

For his next venture, Roger secured the services of legendary guitarist/producer Clive Gregson, whose pedigree of work with Richard Thompson, Ian Matthews, Eddi Reader and the like marked him out as the ideal recruit for the project. The ensuing album, "Step Out into The Sun", was recorded in Nashville during January 2007. This heralded Roger's return to Music City, reuniting him with his "natural" band of sessioneers, with the addition of Clive Gregson's superb acoustic guitar and keyboards, multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke and vocalist Nancy Moran. The album was featured by when they chose Roger as their "Spotlight UK Artist".

"A jaunty, observational journey into little America" - FATEA Magazine

The Hertfordshire based songwriter  recorded his fourth album, titled "Been Down That Road", in Nashville in 2008 with producer Thomm Jutz. The core band consists of  Thomm (electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, dobro and keyboards), Pat McInerney (drums and percussion) and  Mark Fain (upright bass). Additionally, Shad Cobb is on fiddle, Jeff Lisenby on accordion and piano, Le Ann Etheridge and Peter Cronin on backing vocals, all in fabulous folk-country mood.

Last year was a breakthrough year, resulting in regular U.S. Radio station features including WAPS-FM 91.3 "The Summit" on the Just Plain Folk  show plus numerous other radio support including BBC Kent.

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