Scenic Roots is a sister duo which combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions, and down-home humor. They take audiences on a scenic journey as they weave their many musical influences together to create a unique blend of roots music. Using mountain dulcimer, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, hammered dulcimer, and powerful vocals, they are keeping mountain traditions alive while adding their own creative flair to every song.
Erin and Amber Rogers, from Concordia, Kansas, grew up making music together. Older sister, Erin, plays mountain dulcimers and sings harmony. She won the National Mountain Dulcimer Contest in 2004 at the young age of seventeen. Amber fills out the sound with lead vocals, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, and hammered dulcimer. She placed in the top 5 at the Walnut Valley Fiddle Contest in 2010 and 2011, and her voice has been described as having “a pure innocence to it that makes it instantly accessible and likeable.” Both young ladies are graduates of South Plains College’s prestigious bluegrass music program.
Scenic Roots has been touring full-time since 2010. In that time, they have traveled from coast to coast across the USA, performing at theaters, coffee shops, arts centers, backyards, churches, schools, libraries, and festivals. They also teach workshops on their instruments and lead arts programs for kids of all ages. The band averages over one hundred concerts per year. Additionally, they released a full-length record produced by Nu-Blu Bluegrass band, entitled “Grounded,” in 2012. Erin and Amber are dedicated to studying the roots and traditions of American music. They believe it is important to know where they have come from and carry on that legacy; yet they are passionate about breathing fresh life into the old tunes. Indeed, they are grounded, but not stuck.
Go back in time with Scenic Roots for a musical journey unlike any other.