Musical duo share their Scenic Roots

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Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. The sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle and clawhammer banjo.
Scenic Roots perform 7 p.m., June 10, at Morning Glory Bakery. The show is part of the duo’s nine-state spring 2013 concert tour. Both women have degrees in commercial music from the renowned bluegrass program at South Plains College.
Amber’s musical journey began when she started playing fiddle when she was only four. Her contest successes include the prestigious Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship.
Erin’s musical journey began when she started playing piano at age five and mountain dulcimer, a string instrument, at age seven. She won the National Mountain Dulcimer Contest at age 17, at that time the youngest ever to win this title.
In 2007, Erin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As she went through chemotherapy and battled her cancer, music became an important part of the healing process. Erin would take her dulcimer to play during her chemotherapy sessions and later learned other patients would ask to schedule their therapies at the same times just so they could enjoy Erin’s music. She is now cancer free and works to share the healing touch of music with others.
The Scenic Roots connection to Los Alamos comes by way of Mountain View, Ariz. There the duo met Los Alamos musicians Tessa and Jonathan Dowell at the Southern Regional Dulcimer Championships.
Scenic Roots has recorded eight CDs. Their latest CD, “Grounded,” includes the original songs “Orphan Girl” and “Road to Damascus.” These songs are also available as music videos through YouTube. More information about the duo is available through the Scenic Roots Facebook page and through their website, scenicroots.com.
Morning Glory Bakery will serve fresh pastry and beverages for the performance to support the Los Alamos music scene.
Tickets $5, at the door.


-Jonathan Dowell