BEN ROGERS TOUR DATES WITH CITY AND COLOUR BEGIN OCTOBER 10
“ … a damn good tunesmith …well-crafted and impeccably recorded” - The Georgia Straight
“...ranging from the Sixties-tinged psychedelic pop of “Holiday” (love the organ) to the country rock blues of “Stackabones”, Rogers sounds right at home” - The Vancouver Sun
“scorching guitar riffs and anthemic howls .. the listener will also be thrilled to sense Green passing a torch of sorts to Rogers, a songwriter he clearly and rightfully admires” - Exclaim!
This Fall, Ben Rogers will bring his latest record Wildfire to arenas across Canada and soft seat theatres in the US as he sets out on the road to support City and Colour and Jacob Banks. “I'm beyond excited and honoured to be touring with these artists, to play new places, and to spread 'Wildfire' near and far. See you on the road!” Tour dates begin October 10. Full dates can be found below.
Today, Rogers is sharing the powerful new video for “A Changed Man” from Wildfire. “I knew by creating a cinematic retelling of this story I was running the risk of cheapening the narrative but as soon as I started talking ideas over with director Stefan Berrill I knew I was in good hands and that it was going to work,” says Rogers. “I initially wanted it to be a one-shot music video but thankfully Stefan talked me out of it and had better ideas. Working with him and his crew was a continuation of the synergistic experience making the record. It just clicked. We shot it over three days in a few different locations. When I showed up to the studio for the first day of the shoot the scale of it hit me. It was crazy to see upwards of 20-30 cast and crew members working tirelessly. So in that way it’s not so much a music video as it is a short film.” Rogers continues, “I think the toughest part was finding the right actress to play the lead. My wife suggested Eva Bourne and I was blown away by how she brought the character to life and instilled the character with a power and vulnerability that can only be accomplished by a great actress.”
Produced by Dallas Green (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, You+Me) and released on his newly minted Still Records, Rogers’ Wildfire, was marked as one of Exclaim!’s Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019 and one of Amazon Music Canada's Artists To Watch in 2019. Wildfire is available to purchase and stream everywhere and can be found on a limited edition (400 copies) double 12” black vinyl with gatefold and printed insert here.
MORE ON WILDFIRE
Wildfire sees Rogers drifting away from it the sounds of his first two acclaimed solo albums, 2015’s The Bloodred Yonder and 2013’s Lost Stories: Volume One. The sound – still rooted in folk and Americana, though now with an earnest new attitude permeates throughout – is a raw, hazy, rock-inspired swagger that channels the likes of possessed masterminds from Nick Cave to Otis Redding to Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Put simply, it is enveloping, and the authenticity is palpable.
Wildfire was penned by Rogers and brought to life under the guidance of a new collaborator - Dallas Green, sitting in the producer’s chair for his first time. Ironically, their partnership was born during a period that each was overcoming a creative impasse.
Green explains what initially drew him to the project: “I recognized something really special about this collection of songs – this vulnerability from Ben was really moving to me. I think it was a brilliant experience for all of us and resulted in a really beautiful record. Not only do I believe in it and think it’s fantastic, but it also did something for me; it really opened a whole new chapter of my creative life.”
Rogers echoes the sentiment. “I can tell Dallas cares about this project as much as I do. He is just so devoted to the process. He really challenged us, but with a generosity of spirit that you just don’t encounter that often. It was the best experience I’ve ever had on a creative level.”
Rounding out the recording experience were co-producer Karl Bareham (City and Colour, Alexisonfire), mixer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, City and Colour, Tom Waits), and Rogers’ long time band: Matt Kelly (City and Colour) on pedal steel and keys, Erik Nielsen (Dralms, Rich Hope) on bass, John Sponarski (Aaron Pritchett) on lead guitar, and Leon Power (Frazey Ford) at the kit.
BEN ROGERS TOUR DATES
Jun 22 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial | Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Aug 16-18 - Elora, ON - Riverfest
Oct 10 - Nashville, TN @ James K. Polk Theater*
Oct 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts*
Oct 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Ace Hotel*
Oct 22 - Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center*
Oct 25 - New York City, NY @ Town Hall*
Nov 08 - Victoria, BC @ Save On Foods Centre^
Nov 09 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum^
Nov 10 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place^
Nov 12 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome^
Nov 13 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place^
Nov 15 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre^
Nov 16 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre^
Nov 19 - Sudbury, ON @ Sudbury Arena^
Nov 22 - Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena^
Nov 25 - Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre^
Nov 26 - Kingston, ON @ Leon’s Centre^
Nov 29 - Halifax, NS @ Scotiabank Centre^
* WITH CITY AND COLOUR
^ WITH CITY AND COLOUR AND JACOB BANKS
ABOUT STILL RECORDS
Still Records is a record label established in September 2018 by multi-Platinum acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green. An imprint of award-winning independent label Dine Alone Records, which was started to put out City and Colour’s debut album Sometimes. Still Records is a place where Green will curate a collection of projects that he thinks deserve to be heard and enjoyed.
STILL RECORDS INQUIRIES: email@example.com