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Amber Rogers is a talented multi-instrumentalist and band leader for Scenic Roots. She has been immersed in bluegrass and old-time American music since she was a little girl, beginning her music training with fiddle and piano at age four. By high school, she had learned to play most stringed instruments, and even tried her hand at bagpipes for a few weeks. She now commonly performs on fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, and hammered dulcimer; but can be found playing bass, guitar, or mandolin at bluegrass jams across the country. In addition to her instrumental mastery, Amber’s voice is a driving force in Scenic Roots’ sound, with a rawness reminiscent of the old Appalachian hills. Indeed, her voice has an innocence and purity that makes it instantly accessible and likeable.
In 2010, Amber graduated from South Plains College’s renowned bluegrass music program with an Associates of Applied Arts in Commercial Music, plus a Certificate of Music Business. There she honed her skills as a bluegrass fiddler, studied traditional Irish music, and learned about music business. She played in many ensembles, including the bluegrass audition-performance ensemble known as “Pickin’ on the Plains.” She was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year and Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the year during her time there. She has also placed in the Top 5 in the prestigious Walnut Valley Fiddle Contest (2010, 2011) and took 1st Place in the Kansas State Fiddle Contest (2011).
Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry
Geoff has also been seen on ESPN as Buffalo Sabres “Fiddleman!”, and has also released two solo recordings as Fitzhugh and the Fanatics entitled “Blue Standards” (stripped down-revved up “jazz” standards, his recorded vocal debut), and the rockin’-zydeco tinged “Flavor” (on the HotWings Entertainment label).
I have formed several notable bands including Charivari, Tasso, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Racines and McCauley, Reed, Vidrine. In 1992 McCauley, Reed, Vidrine received the Cajun French Music Association President’s Award for Commitment to the Preservation of Traditional Cajun Music. Since 2008 I have performed on four Grammy Nominated albums (including my project band Racines in 2008) and in 2009 I was awarded a Grammy with BeauSoleil for the album “Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival”.
Of course I’m also a Traditional Music Instructor. Besides offering private lessons and online fiddle breakdowns I have taught at Fiddle Camps hosted by Jay Ungar, Mark O’Connor, and Louisiana Folk Roots. In addition I have worked with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs in Louisiana schools as well as International conferences since 1989.
I currently play with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and live in Scott, LA with my wife and daughters where I offer lessons in The Front Room, our working music and art studio. It is here that I proudly pass on the unwritten tradition of Cajun fiddling and storytelling.
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