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Roger Bartlett

Roger is the original guitarist from Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer band. In the early days it was just Jimmy and Roger; two acoustic guitars and vocals. Later, Jimmy added bluesman Fingers Taylor on harp, Harry Dailey on bass and Phillip Fajardo on drums. Also significant on his list of credits, Roger is infamous as the writer/performer of “Fool for a Blonde,” also known as the sidewalk café song, from the classic, cult horror movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

As a singer/songwriter/lead guitarist Roger leads his own band delivering contemporary music. It has elements of rock, blues with a flavor of jazz. With his distinctive voice, lead guitar work and humor, his music is immediately identifiable and eminently enjoyable. Roger started out in Little Rock, Arkansas playing rock, rhythm & blues and blues in clubs, roadhouses, proms and roller rinks all over the South and the Midwest. Entering the original music scene, his songwriting fueled these early bands. It took him to Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and finally to Nashville, teaming up with fellow songwriter Bill Callery to form the acoustic duo, Lusaza, that took Roger and Bill to Austin, Texas.

Down in Austin, when Lusaza broke up, Roger happened to hook up with Jimmy Buffett for some of the most memorable gigs of his life. When Roger left the Coral Reefer Band, he ended up in New York City, playing gigs with his bands, doing studio work as a guitarist, producer and recording engineer, and writing music for film, TV and albums.

He has earned two platinum and gold records for his work as a session guitarist, played on movie soundtracks for Urban Cowboy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rancho Deluxe (with Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston) to name a few. Played on many albums by Jimmy Buffett (including the Margaritaville album) as well as other many other recording artists, and opened for artists like Little Feat, Three Dog Night, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Lightning Hopkins, Heart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Persuasions, Count Basie, Bill Haley and the Comets, Jackie Wilson and many, many others.

Roger continues to appear at clubs, colleges, concerts, and on TV and video. He is currently writing the music for a Broadway-bound jazz musical about life during the BeBop era in Harlem called “Zinzi.”