Roger Hammer’s bio:

I’m an eclectic kind of Renaissance guy who likes varied kinds of music and other arts and sciences.

With some early training in classical music I performed as soloist on clarinet with Westside High School band. I also played clarinet and alto sax in the Omaha Youth Symphony, Grinnell College orchestra, Libertyville (IL) Village Band, College of Lake County (IL) bands, and rock, pop and blues bands appearing in Chicago and 5 Midwestern states.

Recently in the Harrisburg area I have played in restaurants, clubs and my favorite, outdoor events.

As a singer-songwriter I have over 100 original songs which I perform on acoustic electric guitar. See the links to published CD’s on the Music page.

“Hand crafted folk rock built on the Blues” best describes my music.


Depicted in the Tarot image is my mascot,
Eight of Pentacles.

JD's bio:

JD has been playing guitar since age 10. He took lessons at Trombino's Music in Belle Vernon, PA during grade school and junior high school. He furthered his guitar skills taking lessons for one year in Amherst, MA at The Kevin Jones Guitar Studio, concentrating on Aaron Shearer's Scale Pattern Studies For Guitar. Following that he majored in classical guitar in college for 2 years, completing the Carcassi Classical Guitar Method, and other studies.

JD played in a rock band and a Tijuana brass band in high school. He was a guitar instructor at Osiecki's Music in Erie, PA and at his own guitar studio in Edinboro, PA. He has been in many bands over the years including classic rock, heavy metal, punk, wedding, easy listening, and acoustic duo. He continues to give lessons at his own private studio in Carlisle, PA.

These days he enjoys attending blues jams, playing and practicing during his spare time, and listening to varied types of music, including blues, jam bands, and bluegrass.

Pennsylvania Musician, July, 2016

"Hammer has a way with words, delivering wit-edged, personal observations about people, the world and life’s journey".

"Roger Hammer has handcrafted his own distinctive slant on folk-based rock, and he demonstrates his unique blend and style…wielding acoustic and electric guitars".


20th Annual Millennium Music Conference & Showcase
Pennsylvania Musician Stage


Another repeat performer on our stage this year was Roger Hammer and JD. Another great blues duo from right here in Harrisburg. It was great to see these guys rockin' out on our stage. Both of them have some great guitar skills. These guys had shows on Friday and Saturday night. They were busy this MMC. I'm glad they took time to stop by and play us a few songs.
~ Rachel Rocks

Regular events where you can see Roger and JD live
Blues Society Jam

Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania


Weekly jam every Thursday at 8pm hosted by Champions Sports Bar and Grille, Highspire, PA


Susquehanna Folk Music Society

Susquehanna Folk Music Society


Second Sunday each month from 1-4 pm at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg, PA

Fort Hunter

See the schedule for SFMS Coffee House events