Soft-spoken by nature, south Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the sacred steel guitar. Brought up in the tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation playing with 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, to the Funky Meters, to Los Lobos to the Del McCoury Band. Whether it’s with The Lee Boys or international music ensemble Bokanté, bouncing from stage to stage at festivals, or hosting an all-star get-down in Miami, when Roosevelt starts playing, the ear-to-ear grins can’t help but be contagious.
Roosevelt Collier is an official 2019 WOMEX selection, as well as a 2019 nominee for JAZZFM’s Blues Group of the Year. Bear witness as he takes the stage at Pakkahoune on October 24 for the full sonic force unleashed by this Sacred Steel master.
Official WOMEX 2019 Showcase
24 October at 23:15 – 00:00
Pakkahuone Stage, Tullikamari
For your preview of Finland, MWI has teamed up with Uroš Skaza of TIMECEPTION who made an exceptional time-lapse video showcasing the beauty of the country for their 100th Anniversary. Roosevelt Collier’s “Shuffle” from his GroundUP Music debut, Exit 16 is the soundtrack on our version.