By far my favorite artist at large at the moment is Roosevelt Collier a.k.a. Roosevelt “The Dr.” He’s sat in with so many of the great jam bands out there it would be easier to list the bands he hasn’t sat in with, and he’s coming to The Ogden Theatre this Friday and Saturday with funk master Karl Denson.

South Florida native Roosevelt Collier is a master of the steel-guitar, known for his lighting fast slide riffs and improvisational prowess. Roosevelt got his start playing with the Lee Boys, a sacred steel ensemble made up of brothers Alvin, Keith, and Derrick Lee along with Roosevelt, Alvin Cordy Jr., and Earl Walker. All the Lee brothers were brought up on steel guitar by their father Rev. Robert E. Lee and it’s in this ensemble where Roosevelt really cut his teeth with the steel lap guitar.

Roosevelt Collier has a new trio that he’s formed, the Roosevelt Collier Trio, that features himself, Mofro drummer Anthony Cole, and Shak Nasti bassist Matt Lapham. Together Anthony and Matt create an infectious rhythm section that complements all the nasty slide riffs that Roosevelt puts down.

The Roosevelt Collier Trio with Derrick Lee preforming ‘Foxy Lady’ at The Funky Biscuit.

Here’s preview of what listeners can expect to hear Friday and Saturday at the Ogden where Roosevelt will sit in with Karl Denson. The video is from Bear Creek Music Festival featuring Roosevelt with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe preforming ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’.

If you can’t make it out to the Ogden this weekend don’t freak out, local talent buyer Justin Picard has eluded to several Roosevelt Collier lead super jams at the 1-Up Colfax in the near future.

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