Roger "Hurricane" Wilson - The Rainbow Up Ahead
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Release Date: July, 2010
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THE RAINBOW UP AHEAD is the 9th CD from
Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. This project takes an Americana and Folk direction, which is where his writing has taken him. All of the tracks on this CD are Roger’s own compositions, covering a wide variety of moods. The songs can be interpreted as telling a story. His past CD’s have alternated between acoustic and electric formats, and this one follows that pattern, being predominantly acoustic and singer/songwriter oriented. The underlying Blues influence is still detectable.

was written while on tour for days on end,and has a rootsy Southern Rock feel.

encompasses a Blues feel while citing the frustration of contacting businesses to obtain information or assistance via phone.

3)GEORGIA SPRINGTIME(4:23)is a Folk/Country song revealing the excitement of the approaching warm weather after a cold winter.

is more of a Country ballad touching on the present day issues of information overload and political correctness.

5)TODAY IN KENNESAW (5:24)is an anthem type tune that deals with the story of the famous Georgia Civil War town with a colorful past and a positive future.

RV enthusiasts will relate to , whether they are full or part-time nomads on wheels, regardless of the size of their rig.

speaks of the Atlanta area joints that no longer exist since this musician put the plug in the jug many years ago.

This song tells the story of Roger’s personal friend, a household name, and CBS 60 Minutes legend,Andy Rooney,of his longtime journalism career that began in print during WWII and continued up until the time of his passing in November of 2011.

Passenger abuse and inconsideration by this airline warranted this song, which is also a frequently viewed video on Youtube.

A Piedmont Blues style song that deals with some modern day problems.

11)SAM THE BBQ MAN(3:19)
Roger pays tribute to a close friend and successful Georgia attorney turned award winning Bar B Que pit master and restaurant entrepreneur, Sam Huff.

After driving through a severe thunderstorm in Colorado during a cross-country tour, the sky brightened up to reveal a beautiful rainbow up ahead (no other connotation needed), which is the most Folk oriented song in this collection, and could be considered a campfire type tune.

After some lengthy time on the road, one begins to get the feeling that, it’s time to go home. This is an up-tempo piece bordering on Bluegrass, but has quite a little kick to it.

14)For A Thousand Trails (3:18)
The CD closes with a mellow acoustic instrumental called FOR A THOUSAND TRAILS, which is dedicated to the many friends met by way of all of the clubs, festivals, house concerts, and RV resorts performed over the course of many years.

P.O. Box 1212
Kennesaw, GA 30156

Wilson was born in Newark, New Jersey. Wilson's family relocated to Keansburg, New Jersey, when Roger was one year old, before the town was badly damaged in September 1960 by Hurricane Donna.[1] He attended his first guitar lesson in January 1963, at age nine. Later on, Wilson started taking trumpet lessons in order to join his elementary school marching band, although he would have preferred to play the drums.[2] In February 1964, Wilson witnessed the Beatles make their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Wilson acquired his first electric guitar, and for the next two years he played in various garage bands.[2] With no local high school alternative, Wilson travelled to Woodward Academy (formerly the Georgia Military Academy) in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1967.[1]

By 1970, Wilson saw the Allman Brothers play free concerts in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.[1] During his final year in high school, Wilson became drum major in the school's marching band.[2] Following Duane Allman's death in 1971, Wilson investigated Allman's love of Delta blues musicians such as Robert Johnson and Elmore James.[1] In 1972, Wilson worked at a college radio station and acquainted himself with the work of other bluesmen including Roy Buchanan, Freddie King, Albert King, and James Cotton. The following year he opened his own 'Roger Wilson Guitar Studio' in Atlanta and subsequently taught guitar there for 14 years. In 1974, Wilson worked as a freelance music journalist, writing for The Great Speckled Bird. As part of this work, Wilson went to Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom and interviewed Roy Buchanan.[1] Having played professionally since 1972, he started the "Roger Wilson Band" in 1978, which opened for both Albert Collins, and 38 Special, before breaking up in 1983. They also played at the Electric Ballroom, some four years after Wilson had interviewed Buchanan at the same venue.[1] He later formed "Roger Wilson & the Low Overhead Band", which shared the stage with Albert King, Dickey Betts, Little Feat, Three Dog Night, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, the Marshall Tucker Band and Roomful of Blues.[2]

Wilson had a parallel career in broadcasting, undertaking weekend work at the local AM radio station, WGUN, a job which lasted for 12 years. Wilson married in 1981. In 1986, he obtained full-time employment with CNN that lasted a decade.[1] His stage work led to confusion over his name and, by 1993, had become Roger "Hurricane" Wilson, partly in recognition of the devastation caused to his home back in 1960.[2]

His debut solo album, Hurricane Blues, was released in 1994 on Hottrax Records. Live From the Eye of the Storm (1996) followed, with Wilson undertaking lengthy touring commitments across the nation. He set up his own record label in 1997, and Business of the Blues (1998) was his first release on that label, with the title track alluding to the rigours of constant travelling and performing.[2] In 2000, he did the recording work for Live at the Stanhope House, which was released the following year.[1] In September 2003, Wilson joined Les Paul on stage to play what became a regular guest spot for the former at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York.A purely acoustic album, Pastime, was issued in 2004, and two years later The Way I Am followed.
In 2012, a collaborative live album was released featuring Wilson and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, which was recorded during one of the four tours that the pair did throughout the U.S. from 2008 through 2010.[6] Over the past decade, Wilson has been involved with the nationwide Blues in the Schools program. At the 2006 Springing the Blues festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Wilson was presented with the 'Key to the City' for his participation in Blues in the Schools in Jacksonville. Wilson performed at the 2015 Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival accompanied by the Checotah High School Jazz Band. A CD was issued based on the live recording.Wilson is currently crowdfunding to raise monies to enable the release of a double live album by Wilson and the Hurricane Homeboys (featuring Marvin Mahanay on bass and Billy Jeansonne on drums). This was recorded on Christmas night 2015 at the Subourbon Bar in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Wilson's autobiography, Hurricane, was released in 2016. Since that time, several other CD's including the critically acclaimed LIVE AT MADLIFE has been released. He currently resides in Kennesaw, Georgia.
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