60% and counting! – The interest in the Jess Roden Anthology continues to grow….

15 11 2012

They are out there. The Connoiseurs. The Astute. The true music fans. The ones who instinctively know something is good from the first note. Many of them are of a certain age now. But they don’t forget. They have long memories. Rich memories. And they remember Jess Roden. They remember that voice. Whether it be backed by the cream of New Orleans, delivering a ballad to take your breath away, or by the mighty funk and swagger of the Jess Roden Band, the vocals roaring out above them, this was a man with something special. His career reads like few others, spanning more than thirty years and collaborations with a host of other artists, so there was sure to be something special lurking in the vaults. Add that possibility to the chance to preserve and digitize some of his best known works, and you have a mouthwatering selection now on offer from Pledge music in a host of personalized formats that indeed do justice to the rich legacy of Jess Roden’s recording years.

Hidden Masters in conjunction with Pledge Music have prepared a strictly limited edition release of the Jess Roden Anthology, comprising 950 hand-numbered copies. The Pledge site has only been active since 12 noon on Monday 12th November, and has already realized 60% of its target, which means this little piece of music history is being snapped up fast! Order your copy today and re-live, or perhaps discover for the first time, just how good this guy is.

Order by clicking on the Pledge music symbol below, or visit jessroden.com

Kev Moore


Humans No.1 – a look at Jess Roden’s collaborators – Gary Grainger

5 03 2008

Gary Grainger

Gary Grainger first came to prominence with a band called STRIDER, whose first release on GM records “Exposed” is an undiscovered classic. Mixing original songs with heavy reworkings of old classics such as “Higher and Higher” and “Get Ready”, it is surprising that it didn’t break the band into the big time. With Gary’s guitar prominent, and successful tours with The Faces, however, it was no surprise that, following STRIDER’S second release “Misunderstood”, and it’s subsequent failure to set the charts alight, despite some great songs and a new singer, Gary left for the States as axeman to a certain Mr.Stewart’s escalating solo career. Far more than just a side man, Gary proved to be a valuable and successful songwriter, helping to co-write classics such as “Hot Legs”, “I was only joking” and “Passion”.

Returning to Britain, Gary worked with a number of big names, including B.A. Robertson and Paul Young, which saw him re-uniting with his former STRIDER band mate Ian Kewley, who, via the Q-Tips, had become a mainstay of Paul Young’s band. Gary also got heavily involved in writing jingles and TV themes.

In 1991, with Jess Roden and Jim Capaldi, he formed The Humans, releasing one classic album, that featured a guest appearance from Capaldi’s former Traffic band mate, Steve Winwood on the track “Railroad of Desire” .With just one more album “live at the Robin” released, fans wait in hope for the return of The Humans.

More recently, Gary is to be found playing with Kenney Jones, Rick Wills and Robert Hart in The Jones Gang.

Gary Graingergary grainger now

Kev Moore

Jess Roden’s collaborative Humans!

4 03 2008

Jess Roden

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of views and interaction generated by my unsung heroes post featuring Jess. it confirms what I’ve thought all along, that he remains a much-loved performer. So I’ve decided to begin a short series dedicated to revealing a little more about Jess’s collaborators during his long and varied career. each post will focus on one individual. the first, coming your way soon, will concentrate on guitarist Gary Grainger, a mainstay of Roden’s last serious band, The Humans. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Kev Moore

Jess Roden