|Birth name Maurice Rodgers|
Years active Mid 1960s–present
Name Mighty Rodgers
Record label Blue Thumb Records
|Instruments Vocals, keyboards|
Website Official website
Genres Electric blues
|Born July 24, 1942 (age 73)
East Chicago, Indiana, United States (1942-07-24) |
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
Labels Various including Blue Thumb
Role Musician · mightymorodgers.com
Albums Mud 'n Blood - A Mississippi Blues Tale, Cadillac Jack
Similar People Stephane Guillaume, Pierre Perchaud, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Anthony Wilson, Lee Thornburg
Mighty Mo Rodgers - Jazzfestival Bern 2002
Mighty Mo Rodgers (born July 24, 1942) is an American electric blues musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, who has released six albums to date. He has been influenced by the work of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Bland, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Willie Dixon.
- Mighty Mo Rodgers Jazzfestival Bern 2002
- happy as a runaway slave by mighty mo rodgers
- Studio albums
Bonnie Riatt noted that "Mo Rodgers' music is a breath of fresh air in the blues/R&B world. He combines sly social commentary with a great funky sound...I love his voice. He's a welcome original."
happy as a runaway slave by mighty mo rodgers
Maurice Rodgers was born in East Chicago, Indiana, United States,
He studied classical piano, but was more influenced by witnessing the blues acts that performed at his father's nightclub. In the mid 1960s, the music produced by the American record label, Stax, also affected his musical ambitions. In high school, Rodgers formed his first band known as the Rocketeers. After entering Indiana State College, he fronted the Maurice Rodgers Combo. His love of playing keyboards led Rodgers to leave college and relocate to Los Angeles, California, becoming a full-time musician.
He played the Farfisa electric organ on Brenton Wood's 1967 hit, "Gimme Little Sign".
In 1973, Rodgers co-produced the album Sonny & Brownie (A&M Records) by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. He also played keyboards on the album's cut. Following a spell as a session musician, Rodgers moved into song writing where he penned songs for both Motown and Chappell & Co. He also worked as a record producer before returning to education and obtaining a philosophy degree from California State University, Northridge. His first solo album was released in 1999 by Blue Thumb Records. Blues Is My Wailin' Wall included Rodgers' philosophical views on mankind in several of the songs lyrics.
In 2000, Rodgers performed at the Notodden Blues Festival. His European excursions have included concerts at the New Morning nightclub in Paris. In 2001, Rodgers performed on the album Memphis recorded by Jean-Jacques Milteau, which also included contributions from Little Milton and Mighty Sam McClain. His own recordings continued with Red, White & Blues (2002), Black Paris Blues a live album issued in 2004, and Redneck Blues (2007). His most recent release was Cadillac Jack in 2012.
Rodgers is due to appear at the 22nd Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in August 2014.
Black Coffee and Cigarettes
Blues Is My Wailin' Wall
Lights of America
John Brown Blues
Motor City Blues
The Boy Who Stole the Blues
The Kennedy Song
Red - White & Blues
Took Away The Drum
Willie B And Me
There but for the Grace of God
Gangs - Guns and Testosterone
Sweet Soul Music
Prisoners of War
Happy as a Runaway Slave
Haunted By The Blues
All the World's Problems
The Freddy Fender Song
Cadillac to Go
Heaven's Got The Blues
Tell Me Why
Boogie to My Baby
West Coast Blues
Truth - Justice and the Blues