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Credited as being “one of Cincinnati’s best known and most successful songwriters” (1), ? and “one of Cincinnati’s most treasured singer/songwriters” (2), Roger Yeardley has crafted a unique organic fusion of American sounds from the country, blues, rock and jazz genres. This passionate singer/ songwriter is known for his “witty and penetrating” (3) lyrics.

Roger’s first two CDs ‘Sheepless in Cincinnati’ and ‘Roger Yeardley’s Communal Effort’ received critical acclaim and worldwide airplay. ‘Sheepless..’ was chosen as an essential Cincinnati recording reflecting the blues-rock scene in Cincinnati (4). Roger’s songs have been on several volumes of the “Greatest Indie Artists in the World” international compilation CD series and several local compilations have included his music. His song ‘This Space Reserved’ was featured on the Music Choice cable TV channel. His songs have appeared in movies, including “Mr. ID”, starring Ami Dolenz (daughter of Monkee, Micky Dolenz). The song Rise & Fall of the Blues appeared in the major motion picture, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Roger has several music libraries representing his tunes. His songs have been on the airwaves in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and Taiwan. Roger’s music has shared playlists around the world with Johnny Cash, B.B. King, The Dixie Chicks, Neil Diamond, the Eagles, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, and Dwight Yoakum just to name a few.

Roger has performed at the Cincy Bluesfest, and on the same bills with artists like the Cowboy Junkies, Peter Frampton, and Little Charlie and the Nightcats. Based on extensive airplay in New Zealand, he was invited to play at an international festival there. He has performed live on the radio on WVXU, WNKU, and WAIF, and on TV (including City Nights (9 times)). You can find Roger performing in varied venues from coffee shops to festivals, from Cincinnati to Chicago to Hong Kong. He performs solo and in duos with award-winning guitarists such as Marcos Sastre, Jerry Hedge, and Steve Sigsbee. He is currently performing with his band of veteran Cincinnati musicians, Roger Y & the Quick Replies, promoting his soon-to-be-released (fall 2013) CD, The Same But Different.

This CD is the logical next step in Roger’s atypical, in-reverse musical career. The 1st CD, ‘Sheepless..’, was a faux ‘tribute’ CD, with well-known Cincy groups interpreting Roger’s songs. The 2nd CD, ‘Communal Effort’, had Roger participating more with individual Cincy musicians in performing his compositions and singing a few tunes. By the 3rd CD, The Same But Different, Roger has assumed the role of lead singer, and also included his versions of off-the-beaten-path ‘cover’ tunes previously done by artists such as Wynn Stewart, Ben Vaughn, and Johnny Cash. Recorded in Cincinnati and Nashville, the CD features appearances by guitarist Bill Kirchen (of Commander Cody fame), and Nashville pickers Chris Casello and James LaRitz.

(1) Jim Knippenberg (Cinti. Enquirer) (2)Michael Milton (Everybody’s News) (3) Rick Bird (Cinti. Post) (4) Larry Nager (Cinti. Enquirer)

Roger Yeardley Discography:

The Buffaloes (Played bass. Finalist in 97Xposure contest) tape: 1995
Another Day (song - “Wish You’d Wonder” on local music CD) 1995
Sheepless In Cincinnati (Cincinnati Artists Play the Songs of Roger Yeardley) CD:1996
Texas Twister Radio Vol. 1 (Greatest Indie Artists In the World) (songs “This Space Reserved” and “Talkin In the City” included on international comp CD) 1999
The Jazzcasters - Broadcast (Played bass. Instrumental version of “Back Alley”included) 1999
Texas Twister Radio Vol. 3 (song “Blue Period” included on international comp CD) 1999
Synesthesia (song “Blue Period” included on (Willow Creative Group comp CD) 1999
Our Musik ‘99 (song “Blue Period” included on music festival CD) 1999
Shades of Blue II (song “Big & Bold” included on award winning Cincinnati blues CD) 1999
Roger Yeardley’s Communal Effort (Son of Sheepless In Cincinnati) CD: 2/2000
Texas Twister Radio Vol. 4 (song “The Chill” included on international comp CD) 2000
Texas Twister Radio Vol. 5 (song “Man’s Gotta Do” included on international comp CD) 2000
Texas Twister Radio Vol. 6 (song “Knucklehead Express” included on international comp CD) 2001
Recovering Catholics (The Flock) (song “Rise & Fall of the Blues” covered by local awarding winners, The Flock) 2002
Night Lights (Cincinnati Blues) (song “Coast, Don’t Boast” included on Cincinnati comp CD) 2003
14 Nights (City Nights comp.) (song “Rise & Fall of the Blues” – live version by Balance AllStars)
Trio (EP (3 song CD) – Roger Y and the Balance AllStars)) 2009
The Same But Different: 2013

Selected Radio Play

WNKU-FM (Highland Hgts., KY), WAIF-FM (Cincinnati, OH), WVXU-FM (Cincinnati, OH), WOXY-FM (Oxford, OH), WLW-AM (Cincinnati, OH), WNOP-FM (Cincinnati, OH), WYSO-FM (Dayton, OH), WAQZ-FM (Cincinnati, OH), WCBE-FM (Columbus, OH), WAPS-FM (Akron, OH), WWCD-FM (Columbus, OH), WCSB-FM Cleveland, OH, WUEV (Bloomington, IN), WOUI-FM (Chicago, IL), WMUC-FM (College Park, MD), WRVU-FM (Nashville, TN), WMNF-FM (Tampa, FL), KUNM-FM (Albuquerque, NM), WNCW-FM (Spindale, NC), WGNU-FM (Boulder, CO), KKUP-FM ( San Jose, CA), KUSF-FM (San Francisco, CA), CIUT-FM (Toronto, Canada), CFRO-FM (Vancouver, Canada), CKST-AM (Vancouver, Canada), CJSF-FM (Burnaby, Canada), Radio Marabu (Europe), Texas Twister Radio (Europe), Radio Shanghai (China), Radio Enghein (France), Frequence Verte (France), Radio Viking (Sweden), Radio Pomme (Darnetal, France), RUN-FM (Belgium), PANX/Canal Sud (France),Roskilde Dampradio (Denmark), Countrygein (Netherlands), 2NUR (Newcastle, Australia), Forge FM (UK), Radio Eagle (Holland), C3 Stations (Denmark), Omroep Rijswijk (Netherlands), TLC Radio (New Zealand).

 

 


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