Material: Doc Rogers cut no corners in his nearly two-hour live Facebook show, ranging through themes from juggling work and performing, to love, religion, overcoming darkness and the usual trials of just being human. As a performer with his band for over five years, Rogers invests all of himself into his shows, and even on this new remote platform he left it all on the show floor with his gravelly, soulful modern country.
Musicianship: As a solo acoustic singer-songwriter, Rogers delivered a raw, heartfelt performance. Alternating between his Ovation Elite and Rain song Carbon Fiber guitars, his gritty licks over smooth, versatile vocals made for a unique and memorable sound. A graceful performer, Rogers had no problem connecting through the camera and speaking candidly with his audience between songs, explaining each one, and remaining humble and approachable.
Performance: “Time to Have a Good Time,” with its upbeat country feel, highlighted Rogers’ solid, genuine performing style, followed by “Hey Hey Preacher Man,” “Part Time Rockstar” and “Run,” which spoke of the contradictory situations we find ourselves in at times. “She’s My Everything” and “Can’t Stop Loving You” dug deeper into the songwriter’s softer side, and “Everything’s Broken” and “I’m Still Here” touched on the challenges of overcoming fear and depression during life’s inevitable difficulties. Rogers’ storylines revealed a positive, inspiring vulnerability, despite some of the darker themes.
He also shared covers of classics, including Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis,” featuring a beautiful falsetto, and his lilting country version of the 4NonBlondes’ classic “What’s Up” offered gentle octave leaps and melodic lifts. A surprising stripped-down cover of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” followed, along with fan favorite “Two Princes” from The Spin Doctors, including Rogers’ trademark scat solos and steady guitar lines.
Summary: With his humble disposition, dedication to his audience and sincere fan appreciation, Doc Rogers is a natural entertainer. His flair for modern country feels like a combination of Keith Urban and Darius Rucker with an edgy vocal growl. Given the passion and power delivered in this one-man show, the Doc Rogers Band live and in-person would undoubtedly prove a fun night out and charge up any rockabilly/country fan.