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Steve Rodgers is back on the CT music scene, and he’s releasing a new CD at the State House

Steve Rodgers is back on the CT music scene, and he’s releasing a new CD at the State House

Potent, simple and beautiful truths propel “Lessons That I’ve Learned” off of Steve Rodgers’ new record “Count It All Joy.”

“Treat your body good, mind the words from your mouth, treat the Earth like your garden,” he sings.

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The music is gentle, finger-picked acoustic guitar that brings to mind Nick Drake or even Big Star’s “Thirteen,” with Rodgers singing in a clear and earnest fashion.

Rodgers is a huge figure in the Connecticut music scene, having run Hamden’s Space and the Ballroom at Outer Space for years before those venues were sold and re-opened under a different name: Space Ballroom. In addition to fostering the local music scene, he brought some amazing world-class live acts to the state during a time when many artists were skipping from New York City to Boston without stopping here. The local live music landscape is now an almost unrecognizably rich terrain in large part because of Rodgers’ commitment and perseverance.

That focus and vision comes through in his music, too. Rodgers had to alter course, fearing he might have to give up music, a few years back because of medical problems, and the hardships seem to have brought him even closer to life’s core values: family, love, work, community, creativity, uplift, joy, quiet and healing.

Celebrate the release of Steve Rodgers’ new record at The State House, 294 State St., New Haven, on April 19 at 7 p.m. $15 to $20. statehousepresents.com

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