From the series “Jazzthing At The King”
Pedal and lap steel guitar ace Roosevelt Collier, so accomplished that he is affectionately known as “The Dr”, has released his solo debut “Exit 16” on GroundUP Music. It’s a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, as he says, “dirty funk and swampy grime”, courtesy of producer and Bokanté bandmate Michael League (of Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy). Roosevelt grew up in the House of God Church in Perrine, Florida, developing his skills on the “sacred steel” guitar alongside his uncles and cousins in the band The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, rousing live performances. On his own, Collier has become a sought-after talent, both on record and on stage. He can regularly be heard at festivals as an “Artist at Large” alongside musical luminaries from the rock, blues and pop worlds, including the Allman Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey’s McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band and the Del McCoury Band.