Roger Girke is a singer, writer and road tested guitarist. With a career including over 4,000 live shows, concerts and festivals and numerous recording sessions and releases, Roger and his bandmates efforts have been validated by fans, writers, broadcast and by being awarded a number of blues music industry awards. The Roger Girke Band was a top 10 finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge and two time top tier CD finalists* in 2005 and 2009 (The IBC is an annual event in Memphis which has been a career launchpad for Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Burks, Eden Brent and many others).
Originally Inspired by 60's rock and blues, Roger started out performing in local 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 the hard driving blues rock band. This was followed by touring and recording with The Sharks (Elektra), Robert Hazard (RCA), The Limits, Joey Saint, Pegasus, Richard Bush and many others. In 1991 Roger refocused exclusively on performing, recording and writing contemporary blues. Since then he has fronted his own band, recording 5 CD's and regularly performing at 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) Jimmy Pritchard (DE), Rockett 88 (DE) and others.
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
- Roger Girke and The Wandering Souls - "Silver Lining" Teletone 2017
Roger Girke CD releases are available at www.rogergirke.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby.
Roger, along with the many talented musicians he works with, continues to evolve each year performing original compositions from his 5 CD’s combined with interpretations of New Orleans R&B classics and blues favorites – all centered by Roger’s strong vocals, established guitar skills and onstage charisma.