Roger Salloom, featuring Charles Neville and Mitch Chakour
June 19, 2010
Reviews excerpts for his latest cd released Nov. 2009, Last Call Jan. 2010 to AAA:
“There are countless famous story tellers in American history.
If Salloom keeps this up, he'll easily find himself among them.”
Abbey K. Davis <http://akdmusic.blogspot.com/> – MuzikReviews.com
“Superb” -Rolling Stone Magazine
“A wonderful lyricist, he sets the standard for singer/songwriters."
- David Bowling, BC, Blog Critics,12/19/09
“Salloom's voice makes one imagine what Paul McCartney might have sounded like today if he hadn't met up with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.” -Media News Group
"That Salloom deserves stardom (after hearing him, you'll see what I mean) makes the story all that more compelling and poignant." -The Cape Cod Times, Tim Miller
There is a story here. A story so intriguing that it enticed an award-winning filmmaker to make a film about the subject. So Glad I Made It, the Saga of Roger Salloom, America's Best Unknown Songwriter won 6 awards, was on the 2006 Grammy ballot, and received rave reviews across the U.S. Roger Salloom was in the center of the 1960s San Francisco pyschedelic scene, playing the Fillmore with Santana, Van Morrison, BB King and Procul Harum. In the 1970s he moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, then disappeared for 20 years to raise a family as a single parent and draw a syndicated cartoon. Imagine Jack Kerouac, John Belushi, Lord Buckley, Lenny Bruce, The Diggers, and throw in Leadbelly, Jimmy Reed, Lonnie Johnson, Geoff Muldaur, Dan Penn...all rolled into one person, and you have a glimpse of this poet, singer-songwriter. Salloom performed with The Band, Steve Forbert, Doc Watson, John Prine, to name a few. A cross between blues, roots, Americana, country, and soul, Salloom always speaks from his heart. He has a self-deprecating, humorous, everyman quality, mixed with a powerful sensitivity and depth of character.
The show will also feature Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. Charles is a legend whose pedigree extends back to a golden era in American music, a time few of us would remember. He has played in the ensembles with Big Joe Turner ( the original Shake, Rattle and Roll), Jimmy Reed, blues giant, BB King, James Brown and, of course,presently The Neville Bros, American musical royalty.
Mitch Chakour, stellar musician, former music director for Joe Cocker, new stage member of the J Geils Band et al will be with Roger Salloom and Charles Neville.