And I Ain't Lyin'
Roger with Robert Jr. of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and friends at The Catherine Hotel after a performance with special guest stars Laurie Morvan and Paul Oscher.
"The Rooster Crows On Catalina"
"Roger "The Rooster" Connelly & The Blues Merchants opened in their electrifying style, performing originals and blues standards to a full house of enthusiasts.
"And I Ain't Lyin"
"The balcony doors opened into the Casino, a spectacular ballroom packed with blues fans. Roger Connelly greeted them in a white silk zoot suit with a large brimmed hat, as Roger Connelly & The Blues Merchants prepared to take the stage and open for Spencer Davis. Sugar and Junior congratulated both Spencer and Roger and everone for a job well done."
Roger Connely Plays the Casino Dock Cafe
"Local group Connelly & The Blues Merchants played at the Casino Dock Cafe, the place was full, from locals to vistors, dancing, singing and cheering in a big way for Roger and his band".
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine
This article contains a brief Bio and a Q & A Session between Roger and Big City's Rhythm & Blues Editor In Chief Robert Jr. Whitall. Roger is also on the cover with a whole lot of other great Southern California Blues Artists.
A Wonderful Weekend of Blues
Saturday night at the Casino Ballroom was the place to be, if you love the blues. The first group to perform was Roger Connelly & The Blues Merchants were awesome! You can truly say that Avalon has some outstanding musicians.
Oasis Blues Sampler
Volume 4 Oasis Blues Sampler. Roger is one of the featured Artists with his song "Angel Tree".
Hollywood's Magical Island
This is the 2003 sound track release for the movie Hollywood's Magical Island by Director Greg Reitman. Roger's song the "The Rooster" is featured during a interview with Fender's Del Breckenfeld.
Blues Review Magazine
"10 solid no frills tunes. Connelly shows off his guitar prowess with slick, fusion-style changes and a driving back beat, and southern-style acoustic ballad Reason To Cry, with moving and insightfull lyrics."
Reason To Cry
In addition to being an extremely talented guitarist, there is a cast of bravery in Connelly's voice which gives it sincerity and depth. The One In Grey is on my list of the top 25 greatest blues tunes.
John Fallon "Atomic Sossack"
1999 Delerium Records release in which Roger appears on track #11, playing drums on "Rockin' Chair" written by Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
1998 Chicago News Article
"This past spring, the world that we know as "Chicago Blues" just got a little more aggressive when Roger Connelly, highly respected local Bluesman, signed a recording contract with Dag-Nabit Rocords, located on Chicago's North Side.
No Stranger to Bad Weather CD
"This release is killer, multi-personalities, rock 'n blues". Ten tunes, nine by Connelly, shake rattle and roll all the way through. Each side of this gem shines.
Roger's Cameo Appearance with The Steppes"
1997 Rarities CD by the Irish Rock Group "The Steppes" lead by John Fallon. This is a collection described as previously Unreleased Artefacts, Outtakes & Obscurities. Released by the London based record label Delerium Records. Roger is playing drums on a verison of the Oasis song "Rockin' Chair" which Roger and John recorded together in Chicago.
No Stranger to Bad Weather CD
"These simple but powerful tunes speak volumes about this player's talent. It's hard to pick a best cut they,re all pleasing".
No Stranger To Bad Weather
As never before, Connelly 41 has arrived on the National blues scene with a vengeance from the town that put the blues on the map. "Connelly is a one-man wrecking crew with all the technical dexterity and soul of a delta blues Virtuso".
"Defend me Heaven"
1994 Release of the "Shadows" CD by Chicago based Alternative Rock Band "Defend Me Heaven". Featuring Mark Bennett (Guitar & Vocals), Nicki Sznajder (Bass & Vocals)and Roger Connelly (Drums & Harmonica). Recorded at Dr.Caw Studios Glenview, ILlinois for Anger Joe Records. Engineered by Craig Williams.