Roger Salloom is an easy-going fellow. The last time I saw him was at Greenfield’s Arts Block, surrounded by friends, where he looked serene and like he was exactly where he wanted to be: About to enjoy local music at a fun local venue.
He sent out an email about his gig tonight, at the Garden House at Look Park, that provided a fascinating synopsis of his long and varied career. Salloom, it seems, is a little bit like how they pitch Maker’s Mark Whiskey. He is what he isn’t.
He’s not a big time recording star. He’s never moved to Nashville, New York, or LA to follow his musical career’s arc, though by some accounts he could have. Rather he’s made a happy life in our Happy Valley, and it has been an interesting enough life to have Chris Sautter make a movie called “So Glad I Made It, the Saga of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter.” The movie’s won 6 awards and airs on The Documentary channel again on March 18.
As Roger said, “Get out of the house. Shut off that tv set. Do not go to see a movie and sit in a seat that is 3 feet by 2 feet. Get together with a friend or loved one. Winter is tough around these parts.”
We’ll be there!