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Bartlett, Roger

He is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer and author occasionally named “Dodger”, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to a family where his father was a radio announcer for the show The Louisiana Hayride and his own jazz and R&B show Groovey Boy the Boogie Master.

He learned to play the guitar while still young and began by performing with The Legends and The Reknown in roadhouses. A while later he began songwriting when he was in the group Baccus and eventually Nashville and other cities beckoned when he was a member of The Outlaw Brothers, Little Richie Jarvis and Good Home Cooking and Lusaza who became active in Austin, Texas.

While in Texas Lusaza disbanded and he joined up with Jimmy Buffett to be the first and original member of the Coral Reefer Band where it was just the two of them before the other members filtered in. He remained with the Coral Reefer Band for many years before moving to New York where he had his own blues band, Hell’s Kitchen, been the lead guitarist for David Ippolito, writes music for TV and film and still performs as a sessions guitarist.

His many recordings include his own Fool For a Blonde which is music for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Reunion – Live at the Windjammer with the original Coral Reefer Band , AiA, the Rancho Deluxe soundtrack, Havana Daydreamin’ and Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Atitudes with Jimmy Buffett , Blue Skies with Milton Carroll and City Streets with Hell’s Kitchen. He has also released a digital short Marty Kills His Sister.

Jimmy Buffett recordings
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (Jimmy Buffett )
(ABC Records AB-12305M 14-17207-M/ AB-12305S 14-17207-S) (US promo 45)
Havana Daydreamin’ (Jimmy Buffett )
(ABC Records AB-12143M 45-16861-M/ AB-12143S 45-16861-S) (US promo 45)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett )
(ABC Records 45-17097-M, AB-12254/45-17097-S, AB-12254) (US promo 45)

Here he is performing “Street Chic”…