It wasn’t long before Rogers embraced the energy of his new hometown’s musical community, playing drums in a series of local bands. He was temporarily sidelined by a debilitating accident, but emerged from that experience with a strengthened creative resolve, determined to make music on his own terms. He relaunched his musical career with pair of albums as a member of the folk-pop foursome Green Rooftops, before unveiling an unmistakably personal songwriting vision on the solo releases Sunday Fables and You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been. He also released a pair of albums, Rendezvous and The Summer That Changed, as part of Bedsit Poets, collaboration with noted singer/songwriter (and fellow English expat) Amanda Thorpe. While Sunday Fables and You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been featured musical contributions from such notable friends as Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, Zombies members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, and The Church’s Marty Willson-Piper, high-profile guest stars are conspicuous in their absence from Sparkle Lane. Where his prior releases found Rogers co-writing with noted New York tunesmith George Usher, Sparkle Lane was largely penned by Rogers on his own.
Sparkle Lane also draws upon the talents of some notable kindred spirits. Don Piper, who co-produced the album with Rogers, is a celebrated songwriter and bandleader in his own right. Pete Kennedy, who adds stellar guitar work as well as co-writing three songs and mastering the album, is half of the beloved folk-pop duo The Kennedys. Bassist Sal Maida’s extensive resume encompasses stints with Roxy Music and Sparks, as well as his current membership in Cracker. Keyboardist Joe McGinty has worked with everyone from the Psychedelic Furs to Ronnie Spector, and is the mastermind behind the long-running Losers Lounge series of all-star tribute shows, in which Rogers has long been a frequent performer. Claudia Chopek (violin) has toured and recorded with Moby, TV on the Radio and the Jonas Brothers, among others and recently played a show with Bruce Springsteen. And drummer Konrad Meissner’s credits include work with The Silos, Graham Parker and Mary Lee’s Corvette. That unique assortment of disparate talents comes together to bring Edward Rogers’ creative vision to vibrant musical life on Sparkle Lane, adding another dynamic chapter to an already impressive body of work.