Garnet Rogers to Keynote Saturday Night at NERFA

Want to hear about “every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots … naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living?”

As a kid, Canadian folk musician Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, Stan. By 18, he was a full-time road musician, part of one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music from 1973-1983.

A producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Garnet Rogers has since established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “one of the major talents of our time,” his vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with lungs to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post), his incredible range, and his thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, his music (like the man himself) is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit should make him a keynote for the books.

We’re talking cop chases, pot dealing, biker bar brawls with “beer and blood everywhere,” living in a hippie school bus with a wood stove inside it. Breeding thoroughbreds. Witnessing an all-out brawl with guys “ripping each other’s beards off” at a Bob Dylan concert level interesting. We cannot wait to hear what he’ll have to say as one of our three keynote speakers this year!”