Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars | Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Beth Orton Cat Power Mazzy Star

Album Links
Emily Rodgers Emusic GreatIndieMusic GroupieTunes PassAlong QtrNote Tradebit Voeveo - Get it for your mobile MusicIsHere MusicIsHere MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk

More Artists From
United States - Pennsylvania

Other Genres You Will Love
Folk: Modern Folk Rock: Americana Moods: Mood: Dreamy
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars

by Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars

"...a brand of post-rural, ethereal alt-country drenched in primo melancholy and reverb."-PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
cd-r in stock order now
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Going Away
4:12 $0.69
2. Alone
3:41 $0.69
3. No Way Out
3:26 $0.69
4. Lay You Down
3:45 $0.69
5. Winter
4:14 $0.69
6. Last Call
4:16 $0.69
7. Danny
4:18 $0.69
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Emily Rodgers draws influence from such diverse places as 60s garage rock and folkie lo-fi technicians like Iron & Wine.

Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars have shared stages with Jolie Holland, Magnolia Electric Company, Great Lake Swimmers, and Nina Nastasia.

Pittsburgh City Paper
Emily Rodgers & Her Majesty's Stars

Not having her officially pressed CD yet in hand, songwriter Emily Rodgers gave out a burned copy of her eponymous debut album, its cover adorned with a stark rubber-stamp graphic of a single leaf. That sparseness lends itself well to the music she has recorded with Josh Roman's Mindrocket studio in Sharon, Pa., a brand of post-rural, ethereal alt-country drenched in primo melancholy and reverb.

Rodgers lived in Georgia until she was 5 ("which may account for the fake Southern accent," she says), but spent her formative years in the Chicago suburb of Elkart, Ind. After attending the Mennonite college in nearby Goshen, she moved to Pittsburgh a year after her cohorts Susanna Meyer and Hallie Pritts (both members of country-folk band Boca Chica), and has taken up residence with them in Highland Park, as well as common cause with such local folk artists as Kevin Finn and Megan Williams.

"In college, I listened to a lot of Gillian Welch," Rodgers recalls of her earlier influences. "And I had a radio show, which during the day was classical, and in the evening, folk music. We would always go down to Merlefest, that big Doc Watson bluegrass festival in North Carolina."

Nowadays, for inspiration Rodgers faces away from the boomer-folk camp and more toward the indie-leaning elements of the roots scene, such as Julie Doiron, Richard Buckner, and Bonnie Prince Billy. "I started writing songs when I moved here in 2003," she remembers. "I had an apartment all by myself, and it was my first time being where no one else could see or hear me. Some space opened up in my brain that I didn't know I had because of that solitude."

With the band Her Majesty's Stars -- which on record includes Williams (violin), John Paslov (guitar/bass) and Andrew Rishikof (drums), but in a live setting has sometimes featured bassists Meyer and Erik Cirelli, and drummer Dan Baselj -- Rodgers has carved out a shining niche. But while singing, she also confounds her listeners with an impenetrable accent that makes her lyrics a bit indecipherable. "I get a lot of Innocence Mission comparisons, and Kevin [Finn] says I'm like the female Michael Stipe," she jokes. "But honestly, I don't fall into this drawl on purpose. I guess I sing sounds more than I sing words."

Along with comrade Finn, Rodgers and her band recently packed Philly's new World Café venue before WYEP (which plays the syndicated Café program here) had taken any notice of her. Once the CD comes out, though, that might quickly change, especially with the up-tempo twang-rocker "Last Call" slipping easily into a Natalie Merchant-soaked rotation. "Recording this album was a really good first experience," she affirms. "It made me think more about arrangement. I became more of a producer than I thought I ever could be."



to write a review

Kevin Finn

the bare bones of the matter
The CD is a fantastic working of bare bones, real, heartfelt indie-folk. These songs are reflections of the human condition.


I love this CD!
This is a great CD. Emily's voice is haunting and the accompaniment is wonderful.