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Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Brittain Thompson


Local Musician Spotlight: Cody Rogers

Name: Cody Rogers

Current Project(s): Cody Rogers

Where are you from? I’m originally from a little town in the northeast corner called Corinth. A lot of bibles and a lot of meth there. I now live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Your music Style/Genre: A little bit Country/Western, some rock n roll, some folk, and a lot of weird.

What is your preferred approach to making sounds? When I was young I used to disappear to a shambley cabin on my parents property when I would write. I like loneliness when I write. Now, that’s harder to do in the city but I still find a way to close myself off. As far as recording an album goes I prefer a spontaneous, faster paced space. Cutting everything live on the floor, everyone buzzing with ideas, long days and nights, and everyone not being too comfortable with the songs. That were I tend to thrive.

Early music experience: I cut my teeth on playing wherever I could as a teen in the Tupelo/Corinth area. Hole in the walls, dives, and small clubs. A lot of driving, places with weird vibes, and no money. I started a band called The Holy Ghost Electric Show that kicked it in Oxford for a while. We started in that cabin I mentioned earlier. We had a lot of good times and a lot of bad times like most bands but we carved a small path for ourselves. I met a lot of the people involved with my current project through that and fell in love with Oxford during that time.

How has the music you create changed since the first song you wrote? It’s been a long path since jamming four chords with my school friends in my dad’s shop. I hope to God it’s somewhat better. I can’t remember what my first song was. I’m sure it was sad and melancholy and I was being a know-it-all with it. Maybe with a title like “My Heart Is the Most Lonesome Rodeo.” Nothing has really changed.

Why did you start playing? I always gravitated towards music. I grew in the pews of my dad’s church and energy around the music was always magnetic. Everything drenched in gospel tones and pounding Pentecostal drum beats. I’ve been chasing that same fever feeling since then.

What are some of your favorite bands? Hank Williams Sr., Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Felice Brothers, and Fred Mcdowell were huge influences on me when I was starting out. The artists I was spinning the most while writing, recording, and mixing the album were Link Wray, Andrew Bryant, Townes Van Zandt, Kendrick Lamar, Robert Ellis, Johnny Cash, Daniel Ramono, Guy Clark, and Dennis Wilson.

Some artists I’ve been listening to lately are The Kernal, Ron Gallo, The Dexateens, Faye Webster, Ian Felice, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and my son Ben Ricketts.

Most memorable person you’ve jammed with: That would probably be Simone Felice. He and his band The Felice Brothers were a huge influence on me starting out. I’ve done two albums with him and we found the time to play and sing together a few times between the work. He’s somewhere between a vagabond poet and a shaman. The dude is a killer and taught me lot. Watching him produce is one reason I chose to produce mine.

Do you have a “day job”? If so, where? I have a day job as a graphic designer at a screen printing shop called Pollchaps outside of Jackson.

Aspirations: I guess they would be to keep writing, hitting the road, making records with friends, and to someday be able to do this for a living.

Got a website? cody-rogers.com The Local Voice Ligature

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About the Author

Brittain was an associate editor of The Local Voice from 2015-2018, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, Mississippi.

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