Seven â€œPlainâ€ tracks are simply Marti.
Five â€œFancyâ€ cuts have back-up musicians, all acoustic.
Autoharp tunes are:
"Rambler's Woman," and "Piney Hill" for which Marti plays lead on autoharp and double tracks on rhythm guitar with Tom Levyâ€™s bass and Tom Wadeâ€™s dynamite Dobro.
â€œShady Groveâ€ with friends, Tom and Marianne Tucker, on banjo, mandolin and bones
â€œJohnny, I Hardly Knew Youâ€œ Marti sings and plays autoharp alone.
Dulcimer songs are all â€œPlain:â€
"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.
For "The Fourth Day of July" version of "The Cuckoo," Marti plays guitar, Tom Levy, bass and the Tuckers guitar, banjo, and bones
"Gold Doubloon" (which Marti wrote but sounds like an old broadside)with Tom Tuckerâ€™s guitar and bouzouki, and Marianne's very haunting Irish whistle.
â€œPlainâ€ guitar songs are:
"Barbara Allen" and
"Birmingham Sunday" by Richard Farina
You can't really get a good idea of what this "Plain and Fancy" recording will bring you without sampling at least a few different tracks. Better yet, listen to them all. Even better still, add it to your personal collection and savor all of it at your leisure. There is some very special music after the â€œtwo-minute limit.â€
"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
â€œRogers gives new life to old standards like "Barbara Allen," "Shady Grove," as well as adding four of her own compositions.â€
-- Mary DesRosiers, Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine
Check out the artist's website:
1. Shady Grove
2. Pretty Saro
3. Rambler's Woman
4. Birmingham Sunday
5. Fair & Tender Maidens
6. Cuckoo / 4th Day of July
7. Barbara Allen
8. Johnny, I Hardly Knew You
9. Clark's Tour
10. Piney Hill
11. Lucid, The Rambler
12. Gold Doubloon