BILLY ROGAN

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REFLECTIONS : Live at The Palm Beach Theatre

"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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ASCAP interviews Billy Rogan : Audio Portrait Series

Billy Rogan discovered acoustic guitar instrumentals in open tunings after playing electric guitar for many years. "A Loss For Words" is his demo EP, showcasing a half-dozen compositions where he combines the 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.

New Age Guitarist BIlly Rogan Approaching the Unconscious - Luxe Beat Magazine

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Traveling around the world, it is curious how you meet some people along the way. A single solitary incident can alter your existence and in the moment that change is taking place, it may not be evident that your self-existence is soon to be transformed. I had such an experience on my summer holiday in Nantucket, while staying at The Summer House, when I met musician Billy Rogan. .

ABC Channel 25 WPBF - Billy Rogan Interview - REFLECTIONS

WPBF 25 News - ABC affiliate, West Palm Beach with LIVE interview and performance featuring Billy Rogan’s original modern acoustic guitar compositions set to contemporary dance in the new production REFLECTIONS. 

NBC affiliate WBRE-TV - "PA LIVE" Interview

Ralphie Aversa interviews Billy Rogan on WBRE's "PA Live!", just before Billy's acoustic performance.

PBS affiliate WVIA TV Homegrown Music Concerts

Homegrown Music Concerts - Jason O & Billy Rogan on WVIA-TV.

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MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS

Acoustic Guitar Magazine
PBG Lifestyle Magazine
Examiner.com
Jim Caruso's Cast Party News
 
 

BIOGRAPHY

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.

PERFORMANCES

ABC Channel 25 Feature Interview, Palm Beach Fl

Arts Garage

The Arts Garage Del Ray, Fl

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Opening for Randal Bramblett for FarePlay : Palm Beach, Fl

The Birdland

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - NYC

Daryl's House

Daryl's House : Pawling, NY

Daryls House

Daryl's House Club Pawling, NY

The Arts Garage Del Ray Fl

Glenford Church Woodstock NY 2015

Glenford Church Woodstock NY 2015

54 Below NYC : Photo by Taka Harkness

Crest Theater

Crest Theater, Del Ray, FL

Opening performance with David Knopfler of Dire Straits. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

Bill Kirchen, Bearsville Theatre

With "Titan of Telecaster"/Americana Forefather, Bill Kitchen Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

Donna Lewis

Opening Act for Platinum Recording Artist, Donna Lewis : The Falcon, Marlboro, NY

Kinloch Nelson

With Kinloch Nelson at Bernunzio's Music : Rochester, NY

Rockwood Music Hall

Rockwood Music Hall, NYC

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre Palm Beach, Florida

Reflections

The Palm Beaches Theatre, Palm Beach, Florida

Chafin Music

Chain Music 60th Anniversary Celebration

SubCulture NYC

Tim Reynolds

With Tim Reynolds from the Dave Matthews band and TR3 at Jorma Kaukonen's, Fur Peace Ranch - Made possible by Poconotes LLC

Trey Anastasio

Hanging out with Guitarist/Composer Trey Anastasio (Phish) at The Birdland NYC

Backstage with Tommy Emmanuel

With Bill Kirchen

With Bill Kirchen after performance at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

Dave Koz

Hanging with Sax Man, Dave Koz - The Birdland, NYC

Randall Bramblett

Opening performance for Randall Bramblett (Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt) FarePlay Fundraiser, Palm Beaches Theatre, Palm Beach, FL

With Toby Walker - Scranton, PA 2012 - Photo by Jim Gavenus

"Face & Voices of the Blues" :Toby Walker Workshop : Presented by Poconotes LLC : Photo - Jim Gavenus

Jam with Tim

Porch session jam with Tim Reynolds and friends at The Fur Peace Ranch : Made possible by PocoNotes LLC

Sub Culture NYC

Billy Rogan Trio At SubCulture NYC

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Jim Caruso's Birdland Cast Party : Ted Firth Piano, Steve Doyle Bass : Photo : Seth Walters

The Starlight Theater

The Starlight Theater Nantucket, MA

Invitational Luthier Showcase

Woodstock Invitational Luthier's Showcase : The Colony Hotel : Woodstock, NY

Relish Toronto

Relish in Toronto, Canada

Newport Seafood Fest

Newport Seafood Fest Newport, RI

Invitation Luthier Showcase

Invitation Luthier Showcase The Colony, Woodstock NY

VHI Save the Music

VH1 Save The Music with Jim Wolf NYC

 

CONTACT

 
Glenford Church Woodstock NY 2015

Glenford Church Woodstock NY 2015