Roosevelt Collier

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Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred ROOSEVELT COLLIER does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances.Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel.
 
At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks, Los Lobos , the Del McCoury Band and countless others. In 2017, Roosevelt debuted his new project Bokanté - a "World Music All-Star Band" created by Snarky Puppy founder Michael League and featuring the vocals of Malika Tirolien.
 
As a bandleader, Roosevelt leads his world famous "get-downs" featuring a mixture of "superstars and church folk", his own "Jimi Hendrix Experiment"-style all-star trio, and in 2018 will release the long-awaited Roosevelt Collier debut record, featuring an incredible mixture of blues, gospel, rock, and funk all rolled up by producer and bandmate Michael League.
 

 
Label |  Ground Up Music 


Management | Nikki at Ground Up Music 

 
Discography | Roosevelt Collier on AllMusic.com
 
 
 
 
 
Man of steel Roosevelt Collier brought his second annual “Brooklyn Get Down” to North 11th Street and blew the roof off of Schimanski. This time he brought Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Bob Lanzetti and Robert “Sput” Searight along for the ride. 
 
Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters and Roosevelt Collier of The Lee Boys have come together on a new album, Let The Steel Play, which is set for independent release June 16, 2017. Let the Steel Play was born out of a love of slide guitar, and a friendship made through music. Andy Hall and Roosevelt Collier met in 2012 on Jam Cruise, and began playing music together when their paths would cross. Both are sought after sit-in players at festivals throughout the country and known for their dexterity, versatility, and intuitive knack for picking up rhythms and melodies.
 
Sacred steel specialist Roosevelt Collier has added 12 shows in February and March which come in addition to his previously announced performances at this weekend’s Suwanee Get-Down & Disc Jam in Live Oak, Florida. Roosevelt will front all-star lineups at each appearance.
 
To an audience, the pedal steel guitar appears to have more in common with a keyboard than a guitar. Positioned horizontally, it produces a strong, twangy sound from its strings, which are plucked by finger or pick. The vibrations then ooze through a magnetic converter and out an amp. Don't let your confusion get in the way of your ears. The pedal steel guitar can be the basis for some dirty, down-home blues.
 

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