Manzarek & Rogers ready collaborative release, tour

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Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have announced plans for a series of Northeast shows in support of their forthcoming collaborative release, Translucent Blues. Manzarek, best known as the co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, and Rogers, a world renowned slide guitar master and Grammy-Award winning producer, will make their way to Massachusetts this spring. The two will play Showcase Live in Foxboro on Tuesday, May 24. Tickets for the show are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $30.

Translucent Blues, will be released on May 24 and follows their 2008 collaborative debut Ballads Before The Rain. The album, which is said to be a hard driving blues/rock effort, features music and lyric collaborations from Manzarek and Rogers, along with lyric contributions from the likes of Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll and poet Michael McClure.

“This is a head-first dive into American contemporary Blues,” said Manzarek in a press release. “Roy and I take the unique art form of the Blues and add a 21st century twist to the genre. We are working with a group of great American poets… Their lyrics are superb, succinct, now, and salient. What Roy and I have weaved around their words are songs that are not standard 12 bar, but do, in fact, live and breathe in the dark, underground world of the blues!”

Rogers added, “This collaboration with Ray was a joy from start to finish. We found inspiration not only from the music and lyrics, but most of all from each other, to create a great sound. To me, the blues is as complex a music as it gets, either you feel it or you don’t. But when you add the spice of some of these lyrics, it definitely takes you on a different route.”

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