At 6 feet five inches and 240 pounds, with lightning fast hands, you might think James ‘Buddy’ Rogers was a contender for the Heavyweight Crown. And in fact he is, but not in any boxing ring. The hard-hitting Canadian-born blues guitarist is scoring a string of knockouts with his latest CD release “My Guitar’s My Only Friend” (Blue Wave Records).
Released mid-September 2012, the album has steadily climbed music charts around the world. Of nearly 3 million artists on ReverbNation Blues Charts he is currently #1 in British Columbia, #2 in Canada and #2 Globally. In all genres he is #21 and still climbing. Rogers entered the Living Blues Radio Chart for January 2013 at #21, and his rock inflected blues tunes are receiving extensive airplay in Canada, the US and Europe on over 500 stations including many US syndicated National Public Radio programs.
As his summer touring schedule begins to fill with some of the largest blues festivals in the country he seems a shoe-in as a top contender for the WBA (World Blues Association) Heavyweight Crown.
“In addition to the fine lyrics, the guitar playing is top notch modern blues. The whole band is strong, but this is Rogers’ album and he is the star musically. He stretches out his playing on several cuts, only one song is less than three minutes and it is the best showcase of his playing, “Buddy’s Walk.”
– Charlie DuMez, Blues Rock Review
“Choosing favourite songs off of this CD is like trying to pick a favourite child.”
– Richard Amery, L.A. Beat
“”My Guitar’s My Only Friend” was my first intro to James “Buddy” Rogers, and what a great intro is was, one that truly had me not only becoming an instant fan but also has me really looking forward to more of his music in the future, but for now, I am pretty glad I have this little treasure to listen to.”
– John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network
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