Originally Inspired by 60's rock and blues, Roger started out performing in local rock bands in the eastern PA/NJ area. Upon joining the legendary Philadelphia area roots rock band Pickins (Capitol/Ariola), Roger received a real deal education in music and life with a hard driving band. This was followed a long span of success with The Sharks (Elektra), Robert Hazard (RCA), The Limits, Pegasus, Richard Bush and mnay others.
In 1991 Roger refocused exclusively on performing, recording and writing contemporary blues. Since then he has fronted his own band at regional blues festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In that time he has also recorded and performed with Gary Allegretto (Los Angeles, CA), Sam Cockrell (Chicago, IL) Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88 (DE) and Jimmy Pritchard (DE).
Roger’s CD releases include:
• Roger Girke and The Funkytwisters – “We Got The Funky Blues” Teletone 2001
• The Roger Girke Band – “My Baby Loves That Stuff” Teletone 2004 "Top 5 Self-Produced CD" 2005 International Blues Challenge*
• The Roger Girke Band – “Shake It” Teletone 2008 “Top 6 Self-Produced CD” award, 2009 International Blues Challenge*
• Roger Girke – “Piece Of Work” RG3Records 2013 - contains nine self penned tracks.
All Roger Girke CD releases are available on the music tab of this website, via iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby.