Ben Rogers plays guitar. He plays the stuff he cut his teeth on and reinvents tunes from by-gone days that are even cooler now than they were then. Originally from the Sunraysia district (North-West Victoria), Ben is now based in Melbourne after a lengthy sojourn in Perth (Western Australia). He composes and performs instrumental music ranging from Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz through to 1960s influenced surf-rock. This music is home for Ben and showcases the unique style that led to his invitation to make a guest appearance with guitar legend Jeff Healey on his last Australian tour. And the really good news is that his original compositions are just that – truly original!
His power trio Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum, with Nikki Scarlett on bass guitar and Denis Close on drums, has released four highly acclaimed albums:
– Welcome to the Instrumental Asylum
– Reverb Rehab (listed in the top ten roots releases of 2007 in Rhythms Magazine)
– Instrumentally Disturbed
– In Search of Lasseter’s Riff
Available on this website, on popular streaming platforms worldwide, and from US distributor CD Baby at:
A selection of Ben’s acoustic compositions is available on the album Windfarms of Your Mind, (featuring Romana Geermans on violin and Nikki Scarlett on double bass) was included in the Rhythms Magazine writers poll Best of 2011.
Windfarms of Your Mind is available from Green South Records:
Read an interview with Ben in Rhythms magazine.
Read the story of Ben’s encounters with blues/rock legend Jeff Healey.
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