Blind Pig News: Rogers & Buffalo Take Roots To China 12 September 2002

The acclaimed acoustic duet of Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo, virtuosos on guitar and harmonica respectively, have been invited by the government of China to perform at the Beijing & Wuhan International Cultural Festival in late September, 2002. Over 250 artists from 50 countries will perform at the festival, whose goal is "to promote mutual understanding among different nationalities and to enhance the exchange between China and other countries." Since 1998,the festival has been sponsored by the People's Government of Beijing and the China National Tourism Administration.

Rogers and Buffalo will bring their unique brand of American roots music to this amazing cultural exchange in one of the world's oldest cultures, performing on September 21st, 22nd and 24th in Beijing and on September 25th and 26th at the Wuhan Festival.

Although Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo have had outstanding careers individually, their collaboration as a duo performing and recording act has won them additional acclaim and adulation from fans. There is a magic that happens when these two veterans hit the stage together that is above and beyond all of their awards and credentials.

Rogers and Buffalo have just released their first duet recording in ten years, Roots Of Our Nature, on Blind Pig Records. The CD is a sterling collection of thirteen finely-crafted original songs - stories, ballads and strong grooves that only these two can deliver. The music focuses on American roots, folk and blues, covering a diverse range of styles from hot and feisty up-tempo boogies, to down and dirty blues with swampy grooves, and touching ballads. The striking quality of the songs and the dazzling harp and guitar interplay generated an immediate media response. Upon release, it was among the most-added records in the Americana radio format, and within two weeks, was sitting in the upper ranks of the radio charts for that format.

The Associated Press weighed in with this review: "It has been more than 10 years since guitarist Roy Rogers and harmonica man Norton Buffalo released a duet recording but time hasn't dulled the spark between them. That should come as no surprise as both are seasoned professionals. Buffalo has logged more than two decades touring with the Steve Miller Band, and Rogers is an alumnus of John Lee Hooker's band and a Grammy-winning producer. This recording finds the two renewing a friendship of musical styles close enough to be back-porch neighbors. These two to just happen to converse through acoustic blues and roots music. The writing is as simple and direct as Rogers' slide guitar and Buffalo's harp performances are virtuoso. That's a deceptively simple combination."

From high energy upbeat blues, to down-home back porch picking, to beautiful and soulful ballads, these two masters have made their mark on American music. Now, Rogers and Buffalo will serve as outstanding musical ambassadors, bringing their truly American roots music to music lovers on the other side of the planet.