December 23, 2021

Lee Rogers is a singer song writer from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland with an obvious love of Americana having an almost perfect delivery aimed somewhere around Van Morrison territory with an eclectic approach to his music that also calls to mind the later works of the genius and much missed Johnny Cash. He is not a musician I have come across before but the six tracks on this EP show an artist with a laid back delivery and a real talent for writing songs that are effective, emotional and real

It seems that Rodgers was drawn to American singer song writers in his youth and his inspirations were classic artists like Bill Withers, Marc Cohn and Tom Waits and I’m sure that the American dream was a way out of what was happening in Ireland when he was younger offering some sort of mythical escape route. He released his debut album Drawing Clocks in 2006 which won critical acclaim but then took a backseat to spend his time as an award winning tattooist but returned to the studio in 2020 and has released a couple of digital singles with this rather delicious EP neatly wrapping them all up in one place.

Dark Notion is easy listening music that takes you on a journey and it is a journey you are actually delighted to go on as Lee Rogers is an ideal travelling companion with a set of stories to keep you ever entertained. Not bubblegum pop by any means but adult rock delivered with a pleasing cynical and rather world weary approach that makes for a delightful music experience and is a great way for Rogers to announce his return whilst we all await his next full album. He will be on tour in Europe and the United States in support of Foy Vance in April and May next year and that should be a real experience.

Five of the tracks are self-penned and there is a real surprise with a cover of The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive which Rogers breathes new life into with his new and different interpretation of a classic pop song and it really does sit comfortably alongside his own songs.

Dark Notion

  1. Hellbound (3:07)
  2. Further On Up The Road (4:04)
  3. Citizen General (3:08)
  4. Stayin’ Alive (3:14)
  5. Blood In Blood Out (3:50)
  6. Ashes And Bones (3:56)