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ABC News Radio; Ray Manzarek’s Last Studio Album, ‘Twisted Tales’, Available Now

For Immediate Release ‘Twisted Tales’



For Immediate Release

Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers ‘Twisted Tales’ CD Now Available!


In our last meeting together before his passing, Ray and I were both very excited about the upcoming release of ‘Twisted Tales’. We signed off on the artwork and agreed that it should be released sooner than later. So, honoring that decision, I have proceeded with the release. We both were proud of this recording and hope that people enjoy it. This recording is dedicated to Ray’s memory- Roy Rogers


Nevada City, CA – Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have received no shortage of kudos since they first recorded together five years ago. Ray Manzarek’s signature keyboard sound was a cornerstone of The Doors – one of the most iconic rock bands of the 60’s. An inductee into the R&R Hall of Fame – he certainly needs no introduction. In the pantheon of music, The Doors’ music continues to be one of the most revered rock song catalogs of any band. Slide guitarist Roy Rogers has been lauded not only for his own recordings but for his long-time collaboration with harmonica master Norton Buffalo as well as his producing of 4 CD projects for blues icon John Lee Hooker and folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He is well known worldwide for his mastery of slide guitar and has received 8 Grammy nominations for his work as artist and producer.


In 2011 Manzarek-Rogers released ‘Translucent Blues’- a blues-rock collection of songs tinged with poetry and literary references. The project reached #1 on the Americana Roots chart and debuted at #6 on the Billboard blues chart. The lyrical contributions came from such diverse co-writers as Jim Carroll, Warren Zevon and poet Michael McClure, among others. ‘Twisted Tales’ draws from some of those same writers to tell very different stories. Featured musicians are Kevin Hayes on drums, formerly with the Robert Cray Band; Steve Evans on bass who has performed with the Elvin Bishop Band; and George Brooks on saxophones, who has performed with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain.


The new release is a collaboration of keyboard and guitar sounds that merge with stories, images and art. These two amazing musicians create an intoxicating; plush sound that is – more than unique. Manzarek and Rogers are seemingly an odd pairing – but their new recording unleashes a stunning musical landscape for the listener – this music will ‘take you for a ride’… There is a full-length documentary film to be released examining their unique collaboration and friendship in depth this fall.


‘Twisted Tales’ is destined to become a classic, not only as Ray Manzarek’s last recording, but also as a definitive work of two great artists. Available at Amazon and iTunes and retailers nationwide.



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Street Date For New Manzarek-Rogers Album “Twisted Tales” June 18th, 2013

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BAM Magazine Interview: One of the Last With Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers

RIP Ray Manzarek

“Ray Manzarek was a great friend and collaborator.  He was one of the true rock icons that had heart, intellect and talent.

It was wonderful to make music with him these past 7 years….and I shall miss him.”

-  Roy Rogers

Third Collaboration ‘Twisted Tales’ In the Can

“Ballads Before The Rain” , “Translucent Blues” and now in their third collaboration “Twisted Tales”

Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers continue to integrate great songwriting and arrangements in this unique pairing.

We will be announcing release plans soon.  Thanks for your support!  Stay tuned…..

Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers’ Band In The Hawaiian Islands This Week!

“You can hear echoes of The Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock.  It’s hard to put into words the magical music world they’ve created – but it works.”  ~  Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Aloha!   If you are in the islands, do not miss Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers and the band

(Steve Evans on Bass and Kevin Hayes  on drums)  on tour to 4 Hawaiian Islands in February.

See the Tour Dates tab for more details.



Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers’ Band Starts 2013 With A Bang! & Hawaii!! :)

Look for the new release “Twisted Tales” in 2013 – a fantastic collaboration of new songs that merges the sounds of rock/blues and integrates some very interesting stories, images and art.  These two amazing musicians have created a plush ‘intoxicating’ new sound that will resonate with global audiences.  This collaboration is more than unique – it’s unusual, quirky and just plain fun. There is a full length feature film documentary that has been shooting for more than a year in the works as well.  Lots in store for MRB in 2013.

About Manzarek-Rogers Band:
Americana music magazine No Depression wrote of the CD, “The two artists are true masters of their craft and they are at their absolute best here,” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “You can hear echoes of The Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock.  It’s hard to put into words the magical music world they’ve created here, but it works.”

The Manzarek-Rogers Band has been wowing audiences with their dynamic live show.  Elmore magazine observed about a recent performance, “They tore through a set like they carried the apocalypse in their back pocket.  They stomped and swung through a gauntlet of roadhouse-style blues cooled by their wizened years.  Rogers’ slippery grit cuts through Manzarek’s indelible bell-toned keyboard like tequila through lime and the result is just as intoxicating.”

Manzarek Rogers Band in Washington D.C. on 10/12/12

Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers Head to the East

This October Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers will head to the East Coast for a run in New York,  New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Sellersville, Pa.   This is a rare chance to see this truly amazing collaboration – and fans will hear some fresh new material from their past two recordings “Ballads Before The Rain” and “Translucent Blues” which reached the #1 slot on the Americana Roots charts and debuted #6 on the Billboard Blues Chart!

Ray and Roy have also just completed their 3rd project in the studio “Twisted Tales” which will be out in 2013 and a long form documentary about their collaboration is in the works.  Check the site often as we post their rare performances.

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