Michael Roe masters any guitar put in his hands. Vocally and stylistically he spans the years, yet successfully creates his own style. One can hear a mixture of Blind Willy Johnson, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, and Art Garfunkel, to name a few. Aside from his own personal style, no matter with whom or where he is playing, Roe can cover any genre of music without skipping a beat. That adaptability has made him the perfect session player. In addition to his solo work, he is one of the founding members of the legendary band, the 77s. When the 77s came of age in 1984, with the brilliant calling card of All Fall Down (Exit/A&M), it was evident to those who heard it that this was something new. For anyone truly in love with rock & roll, who loved passion, hooks, harmony, three (or four) chords and the truth, here was a band that delivered.
And if you listened to college radio that year, you could hear it. A look at the college charts found the 77s in the same company as the Cure, Let's Active, The Replacements, The Church, and others. What the 7's had that the other bands didn't was the history of all rock & roll breathing and pulsating under a brand new sound... Jerry Lee, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, all there right in the room with more contemporary influences like The Smiths or the Comsat Angels.
The personnel of that band have changed a few times over the last couple of decades, but Michael Roe has stayed the course and kept that boat afloat, much to the relief of his fans. To show yet another side of his personality, he is the lead guitarist and one of the harmonizing vocalists with the rootsy, alt-Americana band, The Lost Dogs. Michael Roe is also a much-in-demand producer and session player and has spent considerable time discovering, producing and playing on many diverse projects. His additional works have been recorded by both general market players and gospel music’s most popular artists. Over the course of his 25+ years Roe has garnered an international fan base and has written, produced and/or played on many highly acclaimed recordings. Michael Roe has carved out a body of work that is broad, deep and well regarded within the industry and in the hearts of his fans. He is a musician’s musician, but aside from his technical prowess, what makes him sought after is that his songs are born in his heart and he isn’t afraid to bare himself as a down-to-earth, transparent human being, who struggles through life’s difficulties. His songs are personal statements that he creates to share with his audience, in the hopes of bringing joy and promise to a heavy soul.
Bandcamp ~ https://michaelroe.bandcamp.com/
Website ~ http://www.michaelroe.com/