Roger Earl

Foghat

Roger Earl

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About

Paiste Artist Since
April 1991

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Foghat

Website
foghat.com

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„Paiste are the best sounding cymbals on the planet. The coolest thing about them is their consistent sound, the variety of choices and their beautiful silvery tone. I know what I’m getting with Paiste…they are my cymbals…I don’t play anything else! Thank you Paiste!“

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Biography

Celebrating 50 years of Foghat in 2021, Roger Earl is still ferociously banging away! Born in London, England (Hampton Court & raised in Hounslow) in 1946 to a musical family where his father played piano at home and local pubs and there was always music in the house. Although he wanted to play piano, his older brother Colin Earl (keyboard player with the band Mungo Jerry of ‘In the Summertime’ fame) won that right. Roger began to play drums at the age of 12, took lessons for two years, and played with local bands around London while working as a commercial artist. He had a measure of success before auditioning for and joining the British Blues band Savoy Brown at age 20, with whom he recorded 5 albums (1967-1970) and toured the U.S. extensively. In 1970, Roger and Lonesome Dave Peverett decided to leave Savoy Brown to form Foghat. They enlisted former Savoy bass player Tony Stevens and Slide guitarist Rod Price and the rest has been rock n’ roll history. Moving from England to the North Shore of Long Island in 1973, the band settled around the Port Jefferson area since their manager lived there. Roger loved the area and being an avid fisherman, especially enjoyed the fishing. During the 70’s Foghat had a series of hit records such as “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, “Fool for the City”, “Slow Ride”, “Stone Blue”, “Drivin’ Wheel”, “Third Time Lucky” and more. They were known as the hardest working band in Rock n’ Roll since they toured 10 out of 12 months during this period. In the mid 80’s, Lonesome Dave moved back to England and decided to take a ‘break’. Roger continued touring as Foghat. In 1993 the original band got back together and recorded “Return of the Boogiemen”. They toured on and off until late 1999. Rod Price left the band in early’99 and been replaced by Dave’s good friend &former band mate Bryan Bassett. Unfortunately, Lonesome Dave became ill and passed away on February 7, 2000. It was an incredibly sad time. To continue after this great loss was the question. But after much thought Roger decided to go on, and called in vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn, who had previously worked with Ted Nugent, Humble Pie and Victory. Both Lonesome Dave and Roger Earl had seen Charlie perform a few years earlier with Humble Pie and were impressed. Since 2000, the band has continued to tour relentlessly, and it just keeps getting better and better. They recorded a studio album in 2003 called “Family Joules”, released a DVD in 2004 “The Official Bootleg DVD Vol.1”, a double Live Album in 2007 called “LIVE II”, and yet another Live CD “Live at the Blues Warehouse” in 2008 which was recorded on Long Island, NY for a live Radio Show with Mark Klein of the Blues Warehouse. In 2010, the band released a Blues CD called “Last Train Home”. Roger (and Lonesome Dave) had been wanting to do this for many years. It was recorded both at EKO Studios on Long Island and at Foghat’s studio in Florida. Roger’s brother Colin Earl joined in on Keyboards as well as Long Islander Lefty Lefkowitz on Harmonica. He also invited his old friend Eddie “Bluesman” Kirkland (87 years old) to play two of his songs on the CD. (Eddie was unfortunately killed in a car accident on February 27, 2011). 2013 saw the release of a live DVD “Live in St. Pete” and in 2016 the band released another studio album “Under the Influence” with included many special guests (Kim Simmonds, Nick Jameson, Scott Holt & Dana Fuchs). In 2017 they released another Live performance “Live at the Belly Up” and as of this writing are planning a 2021 release of a new CD/DVD/Vinyl project called “8 Days on the Road” which was recorded live at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY. All the releases since 2000 have received incredible reviews and band is doing very, very well. They tour constantly, doing fly ins and playing 60-75 shows per year in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Roger and his wife Linda have also partnered with a winemaker in California and become involved in the wine business. They have thus far released several offerings of their ‘Foghat Cellars’ wine all from Central Coast, California. A 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Chardonnay, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 Pinot Noir and the most current offerings 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Pinot Noir and 2014 Chardonnay with more to come. They are very involved in all aspects of the business from picking the grapes to designing the labels. With eight Gold, two platinum and one multi platinum record under his belt and many other projects in the works, Roger Earl quotes the late Lonesome Dave when he says “I’M GONNA ROLL ‘TIL I’M OLD, GONNA ROCK ‘TIL I DROP”.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.

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    Sizes: 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Aggressive, bright, energetic, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Responsive feel, explosive attack. Powerful, cutting effect cymbal for exotic accents. A good cymbal for noisy crash riding at higher volume levels.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, full, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Responsive and soft feel. Clear, yet very warm sounding crash sound for medium loud musical situations.

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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, warm. Medium wide range, balanced, clean mix. Even feel. Clear, full open sound. Clean, balanced chick sound. A very good all-purpose hi-hat.

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    Sizes: 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, soft, warm, exotic. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, highly responsive feel, very controllable. Broad silvery, wooden stick sound over a highly complex, deep, exotic wash. Low, smoky, dark crash. Lively cymbal for soft, sizzling ride patterns in lower volume styles. Also well suited for mystical mallet swells.

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