Plain & Fancy
"Marti Rogers, Plain and Fancy" is a potpourri of the many kinds of 'folk style' music that Marti has collected over decades of performing: traditional ballads and broadsides, Appalachian Mountain tunes, old-timey, old country, classic sixties singer songwriters, and Americana Roots. Seven "Plain" tracks are simply Marti's vocal and instrument on all tracks except 9, "Clark's Tour," which is a dulcimer solo; and track 5, "Fair and Tender Maidens," which is a cappela. Five "Fancy" cuts have back-up musicians, all acoustic: Tom Levy, bass fiddle Tom Wade, Dobro Marianne Tucker, Irish whistle and bones and Tom Tucker, guitar, bouzouki, banjo and mandolin Marti also adds back up guitar DULCIMER songs are all "Plain:" 'Lucid, the Rambler,' Marti's tale of two souls meeting and parting, modern folk 'Pretty Saro,' love song from the Appalachian mountains, and 'Clark's Tour,' an instrumental medley. AUTOHARP tunes are "Plain" "Johnny, I Hardly Knew You" & "Fancy" 'Rambler's Woman,' and 'Piney Hill' for which Marti plays lead on autoharp and double tracks on rhythm guitar with Tom Levy's bass and Tom Wade's dynamite Dobro. And "Shady Grove" with friends, Tom and Marianne Tucker, on banjo, mandolin and bones "Plain" GUITAR songs are: 'Barbara Allen' and 'Birmingham Sunday' by Richard Farina "Fancy" GUITAR songs are: 'The Fourth Day of July' version of 'The Cuckoo,' with Tom Levy, bass and the Tuckers guitar, banjo, and bones, and 'Gold Doubloon' with Tom Tucker guitar and bouzouki, Marianne Tucker very haunting Irish whistle and some sea-faring fun from the studio, too. You can't really get a good idea of what this 'Plain & Fancy' recording will bring you without sampling at least a few different tracks. Better yet, listen to them all. Even better still, buy it now! There is some very special music outside the "29 second limit." "... Plain & Fancy's pleasures will find their way to you. Homey and intimate, in other words, comfortable as an old, faded flannel shirt, a much-occupied couch or a beloved book you return to every few years." -- Jerome Clark, Rambles.NET 'The CD is produced and mixed quite well....reminds me quite a bit of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family.' -- Bill Melody, Country Music Hall, WBCB AM Member Country Music Association (CMA) and The Circle Club of the Grand Ole Opry "Rogers gives new life to old standards like 'Barbara Allen,' 'Shady Grove,' as well as adding four of her own compositions." -- Mary DesRosiers, Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine.