Wesley Rogers Band
Camden New York
After a bit of a break from Small Axe, the Wesley Rogers Band was formed. Out of it came a new direction. We called it Rock n Reggae. Not Roots Reggae, but a hopped up version of it. After the dissolution of Small Axe, George Wesley continued to work with various bands in North East Pennsylvania while Don Rogers retreated to his farm in Upstate New York to just take a break. Wesley convinced Rogers that he should venture out of the woods and return to the wild life of Rock n Roll. Rogers took him up on the offer, and so the Wesley Rogers Band was born. By this time, Wesley had become heavily influenced by Reggae. Each of them agreed that the music would have to be an Americanized version of Reggae. So, as you can hear from the CD “Strong”, you get a different version of Reggae. While making the album “Strong” Wesley and Rogers some how managed to enlist the services of Reggae Greats Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. You will hear the contribution of the Riddim’ Twins on “Terror In The Streets” and “Angel Of Mercy”.
George Wesley began his music career as an under aged bass player behind his Dad in country bars of North East Pennsylvania. While playing bass, he expanded his horizons to guitar. To this he added vocals to become a self sufficient solo artist. Though he began playing 30’s and 40’s Jazz in Scranton Pennsylvania, Rogers became an incurable Blues Hound influenced by Clapton, Hendrix, and Bloomfield. The two had close encounters with each other in the late 60’s, introduced in the early 70’s, to instantaneously form a life long bond.