About Gamble Rogers
Born in 1937, James Gamble Rogers IV was the son and grandson of prominent architects in Florida. He chose to be a musician instead – blending music with dialogue and storytelling. Gamble balanced a love of balladry and folk songs with a passion for the oral tradition and storytelling.
Described as both a “modern troubadour” and the “resurrection of Will Rogers and Mark Twain”, Gamble was a master performer. He captivated an audience with Travis-style guitar finger picking and relating downright rib-tickling tales about the inhabitants of the fictitious Oklawaha County.
In 1991, just as he was hitting his peak, Gamble died trying to save a man from drowning. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area in Flagler County where the accident happened was renamed after him in 1992.
The Folk Festival was created by Gamble’s friends in his memory and to honor him.
Mission of Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
Dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music.?
Its mission is to keep the folk music tradition alive for future generations.The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival gives back to music programs at area schools and holds a youth music contest at the festival each year.