Roger Hughes is a guitarist/singer-songwriter with a gift for melodic hooks and arresting lyrics. A professional musician in the late 60s and 70s, he recorded on the Mercury, Smash and RCA labels, was under contract with Milt Okun (John Denver, etc.) and had two songs published in the Best of Modern Folk Music (Cherry Lane Music, 1973). He was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 as a songwriter. Leaving the road in the late 70s, Roger has continued to practice his craft by making CDs in his professionally equipped home studio. 'Mind Dancer' is his fourth CD to be found on CDBaby as well as iTunes. Roger describes his latest CD this way: 'Like the rest of my work, this compilation of songs defies easy classification. It combines rock, folk, jazz, country and what some might call 'art' songs, with an emphasis on the lyric line. Most of the tunes here were written within the past two years, although a few songs, like 'The End of an Age,' were rerecorded from earlier works in the 70s. I approach song writing as a craft, and tend to think of each tune as a separate entity in it's own right, as distinct from producing music in a defined style with static themes. I simply do what interests me at the time. It's a process of self discovery and learning.' Roger's music is much too eclectic to ever make him a household name. Still, it's worth getting to know. Here are some comments from listeners (past CDs): 'How come you're not famous, man?' 'Slick lyrics. '503' and 'City of Dreams' [Beyond the Reach of Reason] alone are worth the price of admission.' 'Love 'Big Picture Man.' You ought to send it to President Bush.' 'I keep coming back to the instrumentals [Big Picture Man]. You ought to do a CD of just that.' ''Para Lingua' [If I Knew Myself] really zones me out. How did you do the Gregorian Chant?' Give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.
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