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"Billy Rogan is one of those rare acoustic guitarists who is open to learning all styles and incorporating them into his original compositions. He is on the track to become one of the pioneers of acoustic guitar. His melodic sense is strong and he's not afraid to experiment with rhythms and textures."
- Al Petteway, Grammy Winning Guitarist and Composer (to doc. films created by Lifetime Emmy Award Winner, Ken Burns)
"Billy's original music is absolutely captivating. As a producer for GMA I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of top musicians, but few can create such drama in their music."
- Good Morning America Producer, Brandon Bodow
"Billy is a fearsome picker, although picker doesn't do justice to what he does with and to the guitar. Catch him live if at all possible, and see what one dangerous man armed only with a guitar can do."
- Bill Kirchen, Grammy nominated guitarist singer/songwriter of Commander Cody, referred to as the "The Titan of The Telecaster
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Billy Rogan is a well-versed guitarist known mostly for his instrumental acoustic work whose influences include the styles and techniques of similar prominent guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Keller Williams and Kaki King.
His shifting rhythms and melodies reflect a soulful and fiery connection conjured out through his battle hardened guitar in an all encompassing execution of dramatic finger style tap guitar and other aggressive hand techniques described by Grammy nominated Americana forefather and Fender Telecaster, guitar god, Bill Kirchen as “Fearsome."
Rogan’s music has been featured on NPR, PBS, Sirius Radio as well as chosen for The American Society of Composers and Publishing (ASCAP) main web page for their highly-acclaimed “Audio Portrait” series, which gives listeners unique insight into the creative process, as told by the writers themselves. His solo acoustic technique has led him to work alongside acclaimed artists in the music industry, opening for Grammy nominated musicians such as jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and most recently with David Knopfler of Dire Straits, Grammy Winning and Americana Forefather, Bill Kirchen, and “I love you Always Forever” International hit Grammy winning songwriter and vocalist, Donna Lewis.
Rogan first began traveling from his home state of PA to New York City performing small evening shows at local venues, large scale corporate events at Terminal 5 and private performances where Good Morning America Producer, Brandon Bodow stated, “Billy’s original music is absolutely captivating". As a producer for GMA, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of top musicians, but few can create such drama in their music.” Rogan also filled his days during his first few years living in the city even by performing the subways after auditioning for MTA’s Music Under New York Arts for Transit program.
He continued honing his craft attending workshops with prominent guitarists such as Al Petteway -Grammy winning guitarist/composer for Emmy lifetime achievement winning director, Ken Burns’ documentaries, Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band, blues great Toby Walker, Patrick Sweany, Gospel Blues legend Spencer Bohren, popular ragtime/blues guitarist Roy Book Binder and New York City’s open mic night scene, most notably Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at The Birdland.
The mesmerising music and guitar performance abilities that Rogan creates is further described by The American Society of Composers and Publishing as, “sweeping sounds of altered tunings with the drama of finger-tapping and other aggressive hand techniques”.
The result is music that is evocative and atmospheric. Now residing in Woodstock, NY, Rogan continues to travel and entertain performing arts venues, concert halls, museums and house concerts throughout the East Coast, most recently with a performance at Daryl Hall of Hall and ‘Oates’ club, “Daryls House”, and also working with film and multimedia background features, such as, most recently, with The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase videos placed in internationally distributed, Acoustic Guitar Magazine.