Manzarek-Rogers : Translucent Blues

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When former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and lauded producer and slide-guitarist Roy Rogers team up, it’s hard not to have heady expectations for their output.

On Translucent Blues, an occasionally whimsical, often hard-hitting creation, these two musical warriors amply demonstrate the chops that brought them to prominence. From the beatnik lounge vibe of “Kick” and the environmentally timely groove of “Greenhouse Blues,” to the raunchy drive of “Those Hits Just Keep on Comin’” and the loose-limbed, horn-sweetened shuffle of “An Organ, A Guitar and a Chicken Wing,” their collaborations roll deftly on the wheels of blues, jazz and inspired songwriting to get to a sweet and low-down place on the other side of American consciousness.

Translucent Blues gets better with every spin.

Translucent Blues is out now on Blind Pig Records.

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