For over 40 years I have attempted to write songs that chronicle the human condition. My musical influences include the country blues greats (too numerous to mention), the first two years of Elvis, the Rolling Stones (through Sticky Fingers), Ry Cooder, Captain Beefheart and Lou Reed. In order to write you must read. Literary and cultural inspirations include Hemingway, Jim Thompson, FDR, Ernie Banks, Monty Python, Bob Dylan and Sherlock Holmes, among others. Many others. My songs have aired on radio, TV, the internet, the back porch, the basement, various clubs, halls and gin mills.  I'm a cynical optimist. When I've had a good sleep, I'm hopeful.

Press
- here's an article about Song For Dear Kitty
- You might have heard one of my advertising compositions.  

- Here's an article about my "Thanks Mister Banks" record. 
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Another "Thanks" article from the Daily Herald.
Newspaper Articles 

- 1995 Chicago Tribune article 

All songs ©1974-2018 Roger Bain.