EP 206: The Genius of Roger “Hurricane” Wilson
“The guitar is an orchestra in itself.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven
In this episode, I am pleased to share the screen with one of the most impactful guitar players who has molded hundreds to love and excel in the craft. Meet Roger “Hurricane” Wilson; the more you get to know him, the more you understand why he has an accurate moniker for his fantastic career and how his passion and purpose continue in all these decades.
Key points covered in this episode:
✔️ Roger shares his journey of first picking up the guitar at age 9 and started learning note by note, falling hard for rock and roll, and he never looked back.
✔️ He shares one unforgettable remark from a young student that stuck to him. The critical thing was to “have some fun.” With music and everything else in life, something more amazing comes out when we’re letting ourselves enjoy our gifts.
✔️ From teaching, building the chops to learning to write the songs and figuring out where the history comes from, Roger had his share of being discouraged from”doing this musician thing.”
✔️ Roger shares how the fame and rockstar lifestyle can go to a person’s head many times, but he stood by the belief that humility is the best virtue and there’s always going to be somebody better who can come along. “There’s nothing wrong with being proud of what you do and everything; just don’t let it get to your head.”
✔️ His moniker “Hurricane” was him getting in and out of joints and gigs fast as a passionate musician. “I love playing guitar, and I don’t care if anybody is listening or not.”
✔️ At age 68, there’s more to be done by the Hurricane. “Think about what you’re going to leave behind — that’s more about it now than anything else.”
Roger “Hurricane” Wilson has been playing guitar since 1963 and performing professionally since 1972 in his own band, as a solo artist at home, and on the road. From 1973 to 1985, he owned and operated the brick-and-mortar location of the Roger Wilson Guitar Studio in Atlanta, Georgia, which still operates online today. It was during this time that he taught hundreds of students basic and advanced guitar styles. He has also worked as a radio DJ, music journalist, and broadcaster. In addition, he has been a judge for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as being a 2015 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. To date, he has released over 25 albums and toured over a million miles. Wilson started playing professionally in 1972, and he has jammed with Les Paul, Hubert Sumlin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Savoy Brown, Magic Slim, Michael Burks, and Charlie Musselwhite. He has also shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, John Mayall, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, and Edgar Winter.
Visit Roger’s website: www.hurricanwilson.com
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