Roger grew up playing music at home. Both grandads were fiddlers from Missouri and Nebraska and he learned mandolin, guitar and fiddle from his father. At 15 Roger was performing professionally around the Pacific Northwest. In 1979 he won the National flatpick guitar championship in Winfield Kansas and since has made his living teaching, performing and recording mostly acoustic string music in the Americana vein.
Roger's opened shows for Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and others. Noteworthy stage appearances include Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Orlando’s Disney World Hotel, The Houston Astrodome and The Calgary Stampede in Alberta. Roger has written and recorded on numerous soundtracks for nationally televised PBS documentaries.
He's also been featured on other’s CDs and recorded many CDs with his various bands. An adjunct music professor of over 40 years, he has had several instruction articles published in Guitar Player Magazine.