Roy Rogers & Rod Piazza 5/18/01
Braking the Blues at Yesteryears
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
To kick off a beach and blues weekend at Dana Point's Doheny Blues Festival we decided to visit Yesteryears in Pomona. Two of our favorite bands - Roy Rogers, and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - were appearing. Turns out Roy and band were late because en route to the club their tour bus lost its brakes. They had to get a rental to make it to the gig. In similar situations many bands wouldn't show at all, or go off and drink their trip troubles away. But not Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings.
Once on stage they treated an enthusiastic crowd to a great 90 minute set featuring the fast fingers of Roy on slide guitar. Their inspired set included "Vida's Place" from the Rhythm & Groove cd, and "Down at Josephine's" from Pleasure and Pain. Roy's fingers were flying as he played an assortment of stringed instruments - electric and acoustic guitar, and dobro. His slide guitar may be the best on the music scene today.
Next on the bill was Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. It was a late booking and more than likely a warm up for their world tour, and in support of their new cd Beyond The Source set for release July 17, 2001. So... in the style that has become a Flyers' trademark, they proceeded to heat up the house.
It never ceases to amaze how well this band plays night after night. Every member gets into the act - Rick Holmstrom's rockabilly vocals and guitar, Bill Stuve on jump vocals and upright bass, drummer Steve Mugalian's solos, and Rod himself singing and playing a great harmonica. And let's not forget Honey Piazza on keyboards. Her song "California Boogie" is a crowd pleaser and gives Honey a chance to burn the keys.
bluesNotes: Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers will be playing the Railhead at Boulder Station in Las Vegas on June 28, 2001. Roy Rogers and the Delta Kings will play the Raihead on September 13th. Roy, who has both performed with and produced John Lee Hooker, said in Pomona that they may head into the studio to record again. Sadly one month later, on June 21st, John Lee Hooker passed away.
Photography of Roy Rogers by Carol Michaud, jazzScan™ R J Bianchino copyright © 2001 Brown Ink. Photograph of Rod Piazza by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001 Moondog Productions
Yesteryear's Cafe is located at 235 W. 2nd Street, Pomona, CA 91769 tel: 909.629.5264
bluesInteractive™ go to Roy Rogers: Slideways Review
Roy Rogers at Boulder Station
Doheny Blues Festival 2001
Roy Rogers: The Interview
Rod Piazza in Las Vegas