Nathan Rogers with Ismaila Alfa (CBC)
He was a very gentle human being, a person who was capable of extreme volume with his voice and occasionally used it. But was more often that not, just exceedingly gentle with me and very, very patient, even when I was pulling on what was left of his hair.
—Stan Rogers, musician
Winnipeg musician Nathan Rogers is heading out on tour in mid-November, but this one has a twist.
He'll be playing the music of his father for a series of shows called "Nathan Sings Stan: The Rogers Legacy Continues".
Nathan Rogers spoke to SCENE On Air host Ismaila Alfa about growing up the son of a popular, working musician.
"The thing that was challenging about it, being a little kid, was that Stan was away so much. The guy was touring almost relentlessly in the last three or four years of his life," Rogers said.
As his father's career continued to take off, they didn't see him a lot. Looking back, Rogers recalls his dad trying to balance his public and personal lives. One memory that stands out is that when his dad was home, he went shopping and did chores. To speed up the process, he'd carry Nathan around on his shoulders.
"He was a very gentle human being, a person who was capable of extreme volume with his voice and occasionally used it. But was more often that not, just exceedingly gentle with me and very, very patient, even when I was pulling on what was left of his hair," Rogers said.
Trying to create that separation between his public life and the comforts of home even filtered into his music. "You hear that in his writing. He talks about how it's wonderful to be famous to a group of people for three or four hours at a time for five days a week but really what you're interested in is being famous to three or four people for 12-18 hours a day for several weeks at a time. He was basically anonymous at home, he wasn't a household name at that point. There was an anonymity at home that he cherished."
Now a working musician himself, with a young daughter at home, Nathan Rogers has a clear understanding of the challenges his dad faced.
Nathan Sings Stan: The Rogers Legacy Continues is a one-time only tour of Nathan Rogers singing his dad's music. Dates all over Ontario are listed here.
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