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Jesse Roper’s innate and impressive musical talent has served him well in recent years. It has given him the flexibility to play with soul icon Booker T. Jones, rock veteran Colin James, and blues belter Beth Hart, Canadian legend Burton Cummings, then turn around and headline nightclubs and festivals to younger audiences, and look perfectly comfortable in each scenario. Adventuresome doesn’t properly describe Roper as an artist, because when the guitar-wielding dynamo sets out to accomplish something, there’s no telling where his mind will wander, or where his energy will go.
The stage is where Roper shines. It has been his home since overcoming crippling stage fright during his early twenties. Fear is a part of Roper’s past that barely seems real today - especially when you see the in-concert image of a six-string soldier, hair matted to his face, tearing up the stage, without a hint of second-guessing.
Red Bird, his celebrated 2015 recording, pushed the definition of blues rock to its outer limits, with Roper warning listeners on the hit, Hurricane’s Eye, “that you might be surprised at the treasure you find.” A Fan favourite, Jesse is releasing Red Bird on vinyl for the first time this coming summer 2019.