Performing Bio

photo by Rhodene Shauer  2021

Roger grew up surrounded by Bluegrass and what is now known as “Americana (or Roots) music”. His grandpas both were fiddle players and his grandma (on his dad’s side) had many of her own songs published. Roger’s parents, from Missouri and Nebraska were fairly solid musicians by way of tradition. – It was simply a part of the family lifestyle. When Roger was twelve, he started learning guitar, mandolin, and fiddle from his father. By fourteen, he was performing with professional acts throughout the Northwest. A bluegrass band Roger formed back in 1977,  Rural Delivery, is still a working band today!

Roger’s presence in the Northwest music scene eventually lead to performances with the young Mark O’Connor.  Roger and Mark grew up in the same area of Washington State, often playing the same festivals and fiddle shows.  In 1976 they teamed up for several shows performing as a duo. Encouraged by Mark’s mom, among others, Roger entered and won the 1979 National Flatpick Guitar Championship and placed in the mandolin semifinals.

Shortly after that, Roger was recruited by The Shoppe, a seven piece, Texas based Country/Show band.  He toured nationally for two years as multi-instrumentalist (electric/acoustic guitar, mandolin, and fiddle) regularly opening for Country music legends including Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw, and Emmylou Harris.

Roger settled back to the Pacific Northwest with his now former wife and music partner, Lynne Ferguson with Double Stop. Double Stop was a popular duo with Roger on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals and Lynne Ferguson on vocals and guitar.  Roger continued to teach as Double Stop toured and performed for the next 20 years.  Over this time Lynne and Roger raised five children, recorded seven cds (three in Nashville) and made over 2,000 appearances including opening shows for some legendary artists including; Doc Watson, Taj Mahal and Emmylou Harris..


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Roger (middle) with Johnny Gimble and
Paul Anastasio

Roger and his brother, Mike performing at the local Eagles Hall 1971 - his first paid gig.

Roger (left) and his brother, Mike performing at the local Eagles Hall 1971













Roger has since been active playing and recording with various swing, and bluegrass groups in the Northwest acoustic music scene.