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Plain and Fancy

by Marti Rogers

For everyone who likes old songs, a patchwork quilt of traditional, country, classic folk, Appalachia & Americana: sweet-voiced & unadorned, accompanying herself on Autoharp, guitar or lap dulcimer; some with acoustic backup
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shady Grove (feat. Tom Levy, Tom Tucker & Marianne Tucker)
2:21 $0.59
2. Pretty Saro
5:13 $0.59
3. Rambler's Woman (feat. Tom Levy & Tom Wade)
4:11 $0.59
4. Birmingham Sunday
5:01 $0.59
5. Fair & Tender Maidens
2:39 $0.59
6. Cuckoo / 4th Day of July (feat. Tom Levy, Tom Tucker & Marianne Tucker)
4:05 $0.59
7. Barbara Allen
6:50 $0.69
8. Johnny, I Hardly Knew You
3:47 $0.69
9. Clark's Tour
2:57 $0.29
10. Piney Hill (feat. Tom Levy & Tom Wade)
3:29 $0.49
11. Lucid, The Rambler
5:46 $0.59
12. Gold Doubloon (feat. Tom Levy, Tom Tucker & Marianne Tucker)
6:02 $0.59
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Album Notes
“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.
“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



to write a review

Margaret Keene

Rich voice--authentic old time presentation
I highly recommend this CD to anyone interested in real folk music. Her beautiful voice is a showcase for her emotional but never overdone presentation.

Harry Eagar

Really traditional
I like my traditional music traditional, and when I read the liner notes for the first song, I knew I was going to like this album. It said: "In most recent versions Shady Grove becomes a girl, but in this one, it's still a place."

You go, girl!

"Plain and Fancy" is folk music with the emphasis on the folk. Marti Rogers has a fine voice but it is not one of those impossibly beautiful ethereal ones that, while thrilling to hear, are far removed from what the "folk" were usually exposed to.

Rogers' lyrics to "Johnny, I Hardly Knew You" are new to me and more touching than even the standard words.

Joy Gwynne Ginther

A lyrical echo of sweeter times gone by.
This CD includes traditional tunes performed in a timeless fashion as well as new songs with an up to the minute folk feel.

I like this album, I like the artist. I recommend buying it immediately, putting your feet up and enjoying a peaceful journey into the magic of music.