Who was Gamble Rogers?

Gamble Rogers performing at the Florida Folk Festival White Springs Florida

Spring is a gorgeous time of the year in Flagler County and many people are eager to get out of doors and enjoy the days as they get longer and our beautiful beaches. Many people head over to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, nature trails, fishing, and kayaking opportunities in the shady maritime hammock.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/gamble-rogers

Do you know who Gamble Rogers was?

Gamble Rogers was a talented folk musician and a staple and often the headliner at the Florida Folk Festival along the Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. The son and namesake of two prominent architects (his father and great uncle), Gamble chose to become a musician instead of following along in the family business.

He was often featured on public television and public radio in the 1980’s and was a self-described "modern troubadour.” He influenced many musicians including Jimmy Buffett who dedicated his album Fruitcakes to him writing how he "taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with music".

Gamble Rogers died a hero in 1991 at the age of 54 when he drowned in an attempt to save the father of a young girl who was in trouble in the rough surf at Flagler Beach. In honor of his heroism, the Florida Legislature renamed the state park Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. In 1998 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

He’s been described by journalists as "An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."

In St. Augustine, there is a middle school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, named after him as well as the 23rd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival which takes place May 4th-6th at the Colonial Quarter. If you like acoustic Americana music, do not miss this festival.

http://www.gamblerogersfest.org

To learn more about this folk singer, story teller, and hear his music go to http://www.gamblerogers.org

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