As blues music filled his childhood home, Steve Rodgers remembers feeling sad.
“I grew up on the blues,” says Rodgers, the son of Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers. “When I was 12 or 13, I remember hearing my dad’s amazing blues collection. I’d listen to all these old guys—60-year-old, 70-year-old black men singing about their pain, women, death, all the stuff they went through. I got depressed after six months.”
On the heels of his 2018 album, “Head Up High,” Rodgers is working on new material. He’ll showcase his new songs when he opens for his father’s band at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, May 24.
“The songs I’ll be playing are more hard hitting, emotionally,” Rodgers says. “They’re a little more in your face.”
He says the songs were inspired by life, which, he says, has been rough for everyone.
“Being a songwriter, comedian or an artist, it helps,” explains Rodgers, who has been listening to Adele and Sam Smith lately. “It gives us a form of release.
“There’s always something to write about when things are rough. I need to write happier songs, I guess. They’re coming. I’m always upbeat.”
Rodgers has been writing songs on piano and guitar since he was 14. Three years later, he founded the band Lost Sons of Davros and then Boa. Boa’s first single, “Duvet,” was the title track to the Japanese multiaward-winning animation series Manga “Lain – Serial Xperiments.” He eventually left to pursue a solo career.
“Head Up High” was produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini) and mixed by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). His songs reflect his passion for life’s depth, mystery and wonder, recorded with his band of like-minded musicians.
Rodgers needs to write 10 more songs for his forthcoming album. He promises it will have happy songs.
“The last album was really good,” he says. “But these are stronger, more cohesive and more powerful. I’m pleased with what I’ve done so far.”
Bad Company w/Steve Rodgers, The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, tickets start at $35.