"Transcendent Talent” (Guitar World) Roosevelt Collier Releases Solo Debut Exit 16 Today On GroundUP Music, Produced By Snarky Puppy’s Michael League
Pedal and lap steel guitar ace Roosevelt Collier, so proficient he’s affectionately known as “The Dr,” releases his solo debut Exit 16 today on GroundUP Music. It's a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by producer and Bokanté bandmate Michael League (from the Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy).
Yesterday, Guitar World premiered a live in-studio video of album standout “Spike,” featuring Roosevelt on pedal steel guitar, League on bass, Jason “JT” Thomas on drums and Bobby Sparks on keys. Guitar World says it’s “a song that finds Collier shredding in the spirit of Jimi Hendrix,” but on his electrified pedal steel rig.
Watch “Spike” in-studio here.
Brought up in the House of God Church in Perrine, FL, Roosevelt 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 wraps up a tour with Railroad Earth this week, then heads to Colorado for a run of dates. In May, he will join Michael League and his other Bokanté bandmates for six North American tour dates, and a NYC solo show that month is also in the works (with Roosevelt backed by League, Thomas and Sparks).
Roosevelt Collier – Spring 2018 Tour Dates
Mar 9 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre*
Mar 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater*
Mar 25 – Vail, CO – Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down!
Mar 27 – Avon, CO – Tacos N Tunes
Mar 29 – Denver, CO - Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down!
Mar 30 – Winter Park, CO – Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down!
May 13 – Black Mountain, NC - LEAF Festival (Bokanté show)
May 15 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (Bokanté show)
May 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Bokanté show)
May 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore (Bokanté show)
May 19 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall(Bokanté show)
* w/ Railroad Earth