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Roger "the Mudshark" Shimoff

2018 Sammie Award recipient in the Blues/Rock band category.

Having grown up in San Francisco during the "Summer of Love," listening and admiring groups like Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Tower of Power, Roger decided to make music a career.

He started playing guitar after his Dad took away his trombone saying: "... try this, 'cause you sure as hell can't play trombone." Little did his dad know what he set in motion. After mastering the guitar, at the age of 13 Roger switched to bass harnessing the influence of artists like Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Phil Lesh, Rocco Prestia, and he has been performing professionally ever since. Roger has been in at least a dozen bands which range from Janis Joplin's "Kozmic Blues Band" back in the early 70s, glam rockers "Romance" and "Artist" in the 70s/80s, to a Frank Sinatra tribute band ("Barbara Lynn & Oceans 3"). Bassist/bandleader for "Jasper's Daddy Motown, Soul, and Rhythm & Blues Revue," and "Rye Wit." Roger has also performed as bassist in the stage production of The Who's "Tommy" in San Francisco. Former bassist/keyboardist with the Zach Waters Band (

Over the years, Roger has amassed an impressive arsenal of bass instruments ranging from standard 4-, 5-, 6-string electrics to specialty basses like electric standups and doublenecks.

Onstage, Roger is a performer who just can't stand still, is quite a ham, and adds "a most tasteful bottom end" that enhances the aural experience. He is also an accomplished keyboardist, guitarist, and singer as well.

Most recently performing as bassist/keyboardist/vocalist with "Whoville - celebrating the music of The Who" (, as keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist with "Blame the Bishop" (, and bassist/vocalist with "Rye-Wit" (

And what bassist is complete without his own radio show? From 2005-2011 he was heard on KVMR-FM, Nevada City (89.5FM and 105.1FM in Tahoe/Truckee). The show was called "Blazz, it's where Blues meets Jazz." Hoping to be back on the airwaves in the coming months.

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Member since:
Sep 16 2015
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:


To name a few, and in no particular order: Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Phil Lesh, Rocco Prestia, Chris Squire, Roger Waters, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Geddy Lee, and Victor Wooten.

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Too much to list, but here's a summary:
- Epiphone, Fender, Ibanez, Rickenbacker, Schecter, Ned Steinberger basses
- 4-, 5-string fretted and fretless
- Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Black
- Studiologic Pedal Keys
- Studiologic Numa 2X
- Model D synth
- Arturia Keystep Pro Sequencer
- Novation Bass Station
- tc electronic amplification and speakers (from studio-sized to concert arena-sized)
- Shure Wireless in-ear monitors
- Shure Wireless bass system
- WIC Wireless
- Shure SM58
- Mackie 24x4 mixer, Mackie 12x2 mixer, Mackie powered mains, JBL powered floor monitors. System can handle up to 1K audience
- Bose L1 Mod1, up to 300 audience
- Berhringer RX18