Roger Girke is a road tested guitarist, singer and writer with a career including over 4,800 live shows, concerts and festivals and numerous recording sessions and releases.
Roger career began performing in rock bands in the eastern PA/NJ area, eventually joining the legendary Philadelphia area roots rock band Pickins (Capitol/Ariola), followed by many years of touring and recording with Sharks (Elektra), Robert Hazard (RCA), and many other notable artists.
Since 2000 roger has released 5 CD's and has regularly performed 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), Peter Veteska (NJ) and most recently Mike Guldin (PA).
The Roger Girke Band was a top 10 finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge as well as receiving two time top tier Independent CD finalist awards in the 2005 and 2009 IBC.
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
- Roger Girke and The Wandering Souls - "Silver Lining" Teletone 2017
- *NEW* release is fully recorded and in post production. Look for a late 2022 release!
In addition to Roger's blues related work, he has collaborated, providing guitar and/or vocals for:
Jimmy McFadden - jimmyjimmylove.com - https://jimmyjimmy2.bandcamp.com/track/wet-saddle-a-cowgirls-tale?fbclid=IwAR3Sq-zJHhCMWlEnnUNc0W8U3fqcl9CxdWNw5fbsCLNIYyTNSbjbv_JCxTM
Kajamband - Lead vocals and guitar https://kajamband.com
Chris Cummings and The Way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF6Ok0EX3UI&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2DywZCYHdd4OlNvd9mYVcfY5kPXG6r_cbzoY7Drx4ZNKLF-H32ttIXSqM
Special thanks to Gary Bodner for the fantastic main site photo, taken at The Sellersville Theatre, April 2021.