Steel Guitar Wizard Roosevelt Collier Releasing His Explosive Debut Exit 16 March 9th on GroundUP Music
Produced By Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, The Album Is A Potent Mix Of Blues, Gospel, Rock and “Dirty Funk Swampy Grime”
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January 19, 2018 – A transcendent talent on pedal and lap steel guitars — and so proficient, he’s affectionately known as “The Dr.” — Roosevelt Collier’s debut album Exit 16, out March 9th on GroundUP Music, is a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by producer and bandmate Michael League (from the Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy). “This record is a record about me,” says Roosevelt Collier. “It’s telling a story of who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m going.”
It’s a brilliant reflection of Collier’s life. All of it. Brought up in the House of God Church in Perrine, FL, Collier built his “sacred steel” guitar prowess alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. On his own, Collier’s become a sought-after talent both on record and on stage, performing alongside musical luminaries in the fields of rock, blues and pop, including the Allman Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey's McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and the Del McCoury Band, among countless others.
“Roosevelt channels something spiritual,” says League, who was instrumental in getting Collier to (finally) craft his own album after decades in the music scene.
“He’s a reason I’m talking about this now,” says Collier. “I’ve had offers to make my own music before. But when Mike came along, it just felt right.”
Exit 16 was recorded over three days of marathon sessions by League and a bevy of talented sidemen, including JT Thomas on drums and Bobby Sparks on organ. “You gotta be able to trust your bandmates, and Mike knew the right guys and knows what I’m about,” says Collier. “This could have been a star-studded thing. But that would have overshadowed what we wanted to do here.”
Collier will play a hometown show at the GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL February 9-11th, then head out for a run opening shows for Railroad Earth with his trio. More dates to be announced.
Roosevelt Collier – Spring 2018 Tour Dates
Feb 10 - Miami Beach, FL - GroundUP Music Festival
Feb 22 - Richmond, VA - The National*
Feb 23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
Feb 24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
Feb 28 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre*
Mar 1 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel*
Mar 2 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse*
Mar 3 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse*
Mar 7 - Akron, OH - Goodyear Theater*
Mar 8 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater*
Mar 9 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre*
* w/ Railroad Earth
For more information on Roosevelt Collier or GroundUP Music, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.