Rogue Johnsen has performed and studied and with artists whose roots dig deep into the history of Rock and Blues. In addition to studying with Chuck Israels and Ron Thompson, Rogue holds the rare distinction of being the only student of the great Charles Brown.
He’s toured extensively with W.C. Clark, Archie Bell and the Drells, and Miss Lavelle White, and has been a sideman for such legends as Bo Diddley, Johnny Adams, Norton Buffalo, Larry “Arkansas” Davis, Sam Andrew (Janis Joplin) and Will Scarlet (Hot Tuna).
Rogue and his trio have been the opening act for B.B. King, Albert King, Earl King, Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland, James Cotton, Maceo Parker, Luther Allison, Dave Mason, Koko Taylor, Robben Ford, A. C. Reed, Syl Johnson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Gospel Hummingbirds.
Heart of Gold by W.C. Clark
Texas Tattoo by Jessie “Guitar” Taylor
Trouble Blues by Rogue Johnsen
Way Back by Rogue Johnsen
20/20 by Rogue Johnsen Project
“Cathouse piano and a roadhouse voice...”
“If you like New Orleans Style, Boogie-Woogie Blues, then you’ll like this.
”Blue Cat Blues
“With his rough, roadhouse voice, and an ability to pen a strikingly poetic lyric...Johnsen is a superb pianist, mixing technique and emotional commitment in equal measure.”
Blues Blast Magazine, October 2016 review of Trouble Blues
A great musician, and my student.”
Charles “Merry Christmas Baby” Brown
Formed at the onset of 2020, Rogue Johnsen Project plays a diverse blend of original instrumental blues, groove-jazz, and American roots music.
Band members: Mike Dutton (guitars), Joe Wells (drums), and Rogue Johnsen (keyboards / keyboard bass)
Thirteen original compositions influenced by a range of American music styles from Jazz/Blues, Southern Soul, Blues, and vintage Rock & Roll.
Rogue Johnsen: Keyboards / Keyboard Bass
Mike Dutton: Guitars / Percussion
Joe Wells: Drums
Jeff Covert: Percussion
Dean Dalton: bass for tracks 2, 5, and 8-10
Recorded 23 February to 23 November, 2020
Wally Cleaver’s Studio, Fredericksburg VA
Produced by Jeff Covert, Rogue Johnsen, and Mike Dutton
Jeff Covert: Engineer
New Blue Soul is a five-piece ensemble with an impressive collective resume. Best described as, “Original old-school blues and soul,” New Blue Soul combines great vocals, solid grooves, and world-class musicianship with an obvious love for playing blues and soul music together
New Blue Soul is comprised of veteran D.C. area musicians with a diverse wealth of experience.
Mary Shaver on vocals
Rogue Johnsen (keyboards, keyboard bass, and vocals)
Michael "Jr." Tash (guitars)
Joe Wells (drums)
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