Performing Bio

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

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.  Rural Delivery, a band Roger formed back in 1977  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 a while and performed as a duo. Encouraged by Mark’s mom,  Roger entered and won the 1979 National Flatpick Guitar Championship and placed in the semifinals on the mandolin.

 

Shortly after that, Roger was recruited by The Shoppe, a 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.

Off the road, Roger settled back to the Pacific Northwest with his now former wife and music partner, Lynne Ferguson and formed the duo Double Stop. Double Stop was a popular duo featuring 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 legendary artist’s Doc Watson, Taj Mahal and Emmylou Harris
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Roger (middle) with Johnny Gimble and
Paul Anastasio

Roger has since been active playing and recording with various  swing, and bluegrass groups  in the Northwest acoustic music scene.  A nationally recognized artist, born to play… Whether it’s  fiddle, mandolin or guitar, his lines drive through the rhythm, taking listeners right along with them.