Greg Haymes, Time Union, Troy, New York

Down Under Gunslinger

Hailing from Australia, guitar player Ben Rogers comes roaring into the Capital Region during the next couple of weeks. In addition to catching up with his old pal and fellow Aussie Al Kash, Rogers will be plugging in and cranking out some good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll while he’s in town.

“Welcome to the Instrumental Asylum” is Rogers’ latest album with his band, the Instrumental Asylum, and it rocks from start to finish. Along with a healthy handful of cracklin’ original tunes, Rogers’ power trio blasts through surf tunes (Dick Dale’s “Shake ‘n Stomp,” the Ventures’ “Walk, Don’t Run”), traditional blues (“House of the Rising Sun,” “Saint James Infirmary Blues”) and early Fleetwood Mac gems (“I Loved Another Woman,” “Fleetwood Mac”) with a muscular, lovingly distorted guitar sound that would surely bring a smile to the lips of the late great Link Wray. Rogers even reinvents Django Reinhardt’s classic “Nuages.”

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