Bud Rogers Biography
Born in Birmingham, but having lived in Bedford most of his life, BUD ROGERS initially took up drums at school but then at the age of 17 (partly due to his parents refusal to let him have a drumkit at home!) Bud took up guitar, a change of direction which was to carve his future.
His first band "Sphynx” included keyboard player Tim Ashford (who has since sadly passed away) who was later to co-write "American Dream" with Bud - the only collaboration on the "Whiteout" album.
In 1986 the band performed at a Live Aid spin off, and at around this time Bud wrote his first serious song "Token Of Gold". Deeply saddened by the loss of his sister in a car crash, Bud says the song almost wrote itself.
The band had another line-up change, a new sound and a new band name "Big Brother". A couple of band changes later, in 1988 they went their separate ways, and subsequently Bud had a break from music for a couple of years, but the normal life never felt quite right for Bud, he desperately needed to make a noise again… This time a loud noise! So along with the singer from his previous band, Mark Whitlock, they formed "The Cut". The band went from strength to strength and in 1993 recorded the album "Emotional Suicide". The opening track "Keep Your Demon Down" was played on Radio One’s Friday Rock Show during that year.
After a few more difficult times Bud decided he needed to learn more about this thing called music and at the age of 34 went to Derby University to take a degree in Music.
During his time at Uni Bud continued playing in bands in Bedford, travelling back and forth for gigs etc. and eventually helped set up the band “Numb” (which included drummer Pete Hancock, whom Bud still plays in bands with), resulting in 2 albums "Sentient" and "Inter City Mars", before they too split.
Having completed his music degree (2-1 hon’s), scored two short films and composed a concerto for the guitar (Eclipse Guitar Concerto No.1) in the late 90s Bud tried his hand at teaching for a few years. He helped to set up a Rock School in Northamptonshire but although it went well, Bud decided teaching wasn’t his thing and went back on the road with several function bands including "Blue Train" and "The Blue Renegades".
The young bass player with Blue Train, Ben Swidenbank, introduced Bud and drummer Pete Hancock to his brother Joseph Swidenbank who had just completed his solo album "Roads" who needed a band to promote the album on a tour. The band hit it off straight away and very quickly started writing the follow up album "Scattered" together. The band Joseph Swidenbank are still going strong with Bud playing lead guitar, and will be out promoting the new album Scattered in the near future, including playing the main stage at Bedford River Festival
Having being inspired by Joe’s ability to put together a great album on his own Bud decided it was time for him to step forward and sing his own songs. The idea for "Whiteout" the album was born. He wanted to not only record new material but also rediscover some of the old songs that had become like children to him.
Included on the album are the afore-mentioned Token Of Gold and American Dream. Both of these songs had never been properly recorded so Bud thought it was only right that they, along with other never heard before songs, should live and breathe. A fitting tribute to all those who were a part of their creation.
The term "Whiteout" is meant to signify the 18 soul searching months and long journey the album has taken to reach its completion, the many twists and turns the road has taken and the barriers that have been overcome
The songs were written over a 20 year period, Bud plays all the instruments on the album, (around 20 in total) all of which were played live, he sings all the vocals, and he produced the album.
On February 4th 2012, Bud was delighted to received the Twirl Radio Male Vocalist of the Year 2011 Award for his "Whiteout" debut album and at the start of 2013 listeners of Take 2 Radio voted him "Acoustic Artist of the Year" and "Whiteout" as "Album of the Year"
In April 2013 Bud released his 4 track EP "Setting Sun" for broadcast and is currently writing his second album
In June 2013 Bud Rogers became a Lampifier Microphones Endorsement Artist
On July 14th 2014 the album "Bud & The Bullet" was released, featuring Bud on vocals and lead guitar, Ben Swidenbank on bass and Pete Hancock on drums
Following interest from radio stations Bud recorded acoustic versions of a couple of the tracks from the "Bud & the Bullet" album - "Chameleon Days" and "Pictures Of A Modern World"
Bud regularly performs David Bowie's "Starman" live and decided to record the song properly in the summer of 2015. The intention was to release the track along with three other new tracks on an EP at the beginning of 2016. Sadly David Bowie tragically passed away unexpectedly in January of 2016 so it didn’t seem appropriate to release the track at that point.
Bud has now decided to release the EP in memory of the great man so that his music lives on, and he felt that as David Bowie died of cancer in January, and Dave, my husband died of brain cancer in February, it would be a fitting tribute to their memory to donate all proceeds from the sale of the EP to the Marie Curie charity, who provide care and support for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. The EP will be released in Autumn 2016.
For more information, enquiries about use of the songs for placement, radio airplay etc please contact Bud's personal manager and publisher, Melanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Bud online at:
Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/BudRogersUK
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BudRogersMusic
Bud's Awards include:
TAKE 2 RADIO INDIE MUSIC AWARDS
(voted for by listeners)
Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year
and TWIRL RADIO ~ Male Vocalist of the Year
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