Real Name:
Roger Alan Kunkel
Profile:
Roger Kunkel spent his 20s touring and recording as an electric guitarist in Thin White Rope, a band out of Davis, California that garnered critical acclaim while producing five albums and appearing on stages from CBGBs in New York, to concert halls in the Soviet Union, to the Reading Festival in England. Even though Thin White Rope disbanded in 1992, interest still percolates with The Guardian labeling them cult heroes in 2015 and all five of their albums remastered and reissued in 2018.

Later in the 1990s, Kunkel took a decidedly different musical direction and formed the eclectic, jazz-surf-rock instrumental group Acme Rocket Quartet. The band was well received in the San Francisco Lounge scene and self-released three inventive albums.

In the early 2000s, Roger largely retired from performing live and focused on family life while simultaneously developing his skills on acoustic instruments studying bluegrass and old-time guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.

In recent years, he has re-entered the live music scene as the lead guitarist of the highly regarded northern California retro classic country band Mike Blanchard and the Californios.
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Vocals

Roger Kunkel - Exploring The Axis album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Exploring The Axis (Album) Frontier Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Moonhead album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Moonhead (Album) Zippo Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
ZANE 005 Roger Kunkel - Bottom Feeders album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Bottom Feeders(12", MiniAlbum) Zippo Records ZANE 005 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - In The Spanish Cave album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - In The Spanish Cave (Album) Demon Records UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
01866 34632-2, 01866 34632 2 Roger Kunkel - The Ruby Sea album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - The Ruby Sea(CD, Album) Frontier Records, Frontier Records 01866 34632-2, 01866 34632 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Ants Are Cavemen b/w Little Doll album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Ants Are Cavemen b/w Little Doll (Single) Sub Pop Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - The One That Got Away album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - The One That Got Away (Album) Frontier Records US 1993 Sell This Version
MR CD 040 Roger Kunkel - Your Invitation To Suicide album art Various Rocket USA Various - Your Invitation To Suicide(CD, Comp) Munster Records MR CD 040 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
31064-1 Roger Kunkel - Spoor album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Spoor(LP, Comp) Frontier Records 31064-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
DIAB 824 Roger Kunkel - Exploring The Axis + Bottom Feeders album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Exploring The Axis + Bottom Feeders(CD, Comp) Diabolo Records DIAB 824 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DIAB 825 Roger Kunkel - Moonhead ...Plus album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Moonhead ...Plus(CD, Album, Comp) Diabolo Records DIAB 825 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DIAB 826 Roger Kunkel - In The Spanish Cave + Red Sun album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - In The Spanish Cave + Red Sun(CD, Album, Comp) Diablo Records DIAB 826 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Lather 020, LATHER 020 Roger Kunkel - Shotgun Silence album art The Graves Brothers Deluxe The Graves Brothers Deluxe - Shotgun Silence(7", Single) Lather Records, Lather Records Lather 020, LATHER 020 US 1998 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Little Love Things album art The Graves Brothers Deluxe My Little Nunavut (Ice Ice Bastard) (as Kunkel) and 1 more… The Graves Brothers Deluxe - Little Love Things Munster Records Spain 2000 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Roger Kunkel - Exploring The Axis album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Exploring The Axis (Album) Frontier Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Moonhead album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Moonhead (Album) Zippo Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
ZANE 005 Roger Kunkel - Bottom Feeders album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Bottom Feeders(12", MiniAlbum) Zippo Records ZANE 005 UK 1987 Sell This Version
OTR1001 Roger Kunkel - Out Among The Cows - The Davis Compilation Album album art Various Valley Of The Bones Various - Out Among The Cows - The Davis Compilation Album(LP, Album, Comp) Off Track Records OTR1001 US 1987 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - In The Spanish Cave album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - In The Spanish Cave (Album) Demon Records UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
VEX 8 Roger Kunkel - Red Sun album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Red Sun(12", MiniAlbum) Demon Records VEX 8 UK 1988 Sell This Version
TRICD 001 Roger Kunkel - Time Will Show The Wiser - The Bucketfull Of Brains Collection album art Various Mother Various - Time Will Show The Wiser - The Bucketfull Of Brains Collection(CD, Comp) Triad Records (4) TRICD 001 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Sack Full Of Silver album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Sack Full Of Silver (Album) Frontier Records Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - A Tribute To Roky Erickson album art Various Burn The Flames Various - Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - A Tribute To Roky Erickson (Album) Sire, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1990 Sell This Version
001 Roger Kunkel - Vera Groningen - Beauty In The Underworld album art Various Mr. Limpet Various - Vera Groningen - Beauty In The Underworld(CD, Comp, Ltd) VERA Records 001 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
Roger Kunkel - Ants Are Cavemen b/w Little Doll album art Thin White Rope Thin White Rope - Ants Are Cavemen b/w Little Doll (Single) Sub Pop Germany 1991 Sell This Version