Rock & Pop

Kimm Rogers/Marc Lee Shannon/Angie Haze Project

When: Sat., Aug. 1 2015

Singer-songwriter Kimm Rogers took one helluva hiatus. Rogers, who put out a couple of acclaimed albums back in the ’90s, recently released Where the Pavement Ends, her first new studio offering in two decades. “To be perfectly honest, I am just learning the ropes again,” says Rogers, a native Clevelander who plays a rare hometown show tonight. “I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I lost my record deal and slept for a long time and work up to a new music business world. I’m trying to figure out how to tour. I hope to do some touring. I love to play live. When you can feel the energy coming off poeple in a room, it’s an incredible feeling.” Rogers has really been everywhere. As a kid, she moved from Cleveland to California and then to Nashville before moving back to California. She's also done time in Idaho and New Mexico. In California, she spent some time busking on the Venice Beach boardwalk and established a rep as a songwriter. For Where the Pavement Grows, she teamed up with ace multi-instrumentalist Julian Coryell (son of jazz great Don Coryell). Her nasally vocals are well-suited to mid-tempo rock tunes such as “Twenty Three,” an introspective song with Joni Mitchell-like qualities to it. (Niesel)

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