The Gamble Rogers Festival 2024 will feature AJ Lee and John Jorgenson
Gamble Rogers, who passed away at the age of 54 while trying to save a drowning man, was a unique artist….singer/songwriter/guitar whiz and storyteller. He was great friends with Jimmy Buffett, who dedicated an album to him, and he appeared in the legendary documentary Heartworn Highways. The annual festival honoring his memory is always a great opportunity to see some fine music. This year’s festival will be a can’t-miss; the headliners are California’s AJ Lee and Blue Summit, one of the most exciting new bands on the roots music scene, and the legendary John Jorgenson, who played with the Hellecasters and with Chris Hillman in the Desert Rose Band. He toured in Elton John’s band for six years and has recorded with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Earl Scruggs.
AJ Lee grew up playing music with the Tuttle Family, including Molly and her brother Sullivan. Molly Tuttle is now a multiple Grammy-winning artist, and Sullivan is part of Blue Summit. The band, which includes two incredible guitar players (Sullivan and Scott Gates) and renowned fiddle player Jan Purat, is anchored by Lee’s solid mandolin playing and angelic vocals.
Jorgenson fronts three bands, including an electric band, and a bluegrass band. For this festival, he’s bringing his Quintet, which is a gypsy-jazz band that includes virtuoso fiddler Jason Anick. It’s worth noting that Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the 2005 film Head in the Clouds.
Additional acts include acoustic bluesman Jerron Paxton, singer/songwriter Verlon Thompson, mandolin prodigy Wyatt Ellis and his band, bluegrassers Remedy Tree, the swamp/folk trio the Krickets, and Red and Chris Henry.
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