Roger is also infamous as the singer and writer of the song Fool for a Blonde from the classic horror movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and for the many incarnations of his own bands, and as lead guitarist for many artists from New York to Las Vegas.Roger was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father, Ray Bartlett, announcer for the nationally-syndicated radio show, The Louisiana Hayride, announced his birth to the coast-to-coast radio audience setting off a chain of events that continues today. His dad, besides sharing the Hayride stage with such legends as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Horton and others, hosted his own show, Groovey's Boogie... with Groovey Boy, featuring the records of rhythm and blues and jazz artists like Muddy Waters, Johnny Otis, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. These were the musical influences that rocked Roger to sleep at night and played throughout the day.
Since arriving in Florida, Roger has taken more acoustic approach. Cuban and Brazilian music, acoustic guitar and Bossa Nova have had a strong influence on the musical direction he's taken. With his distinctive voice, lead guitar work and twisted sense of humor, his music is unique.
Roger has several albums out, the newest being SUNSET. It's a 14-song album filled with Latin rhythms, Jazz influences and Rhythm and Blues grooves. Finished during the pandemic lockdown, it features musicians from New York City and St. Petersburg.Florida. It has been very well received and Roger has just released a new video of a song from the album, Ocean Avenue. It's success has inspired Roger to beging work on a new album that will hopefully be released in 2023.
Roger has shared the stage with many artists. Some of the most notable are: The Eagles, James Taylor, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jackie Wilson, Hoyt Axton, Heart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Doobie Brothers, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doc Watson, Steve Goodman, Charlie Daniels Band, Count Basie, Three Dog Night, Tom Rush, Pablo Cruise, John Hartford, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, the Drifters, Little Feat, and many, many more.
Roger lives and works out of St. Petersburg, Florida, playing with his band, as a sideman and as a composer and songwriter for albums, Theater, TV and film.