To Roger Marin the vision of white lines on a highway is a very familiar sight. Raised by his musician father, Roger saw many different schools and towns throughout his childhood and grew accustomed to new places.
By the time he had turned thirteen he had already played his first gig. Performing alongside his Father and Uncle, he would be forced to wait in the kitchen between sets, because he was too young to be in the bar. It was an excellent opportunity to learn his chops though and it left him with a passion to be a musician.
For several years Roger covered mile after mile on the Fred Eaglesmith bus where he was the band's electric and pedal steel guitar player. On the Eaglesmith bus, Marin had once again found himself being mentored, though this time as a songwriter. sharing 210 square feet with fellow singer/songwriters Fred Eaglesmith and Willie P Bennett has paid off. In fact, co-writes with both appeared on his debut CD "Roger Marin Jr"
The CD, features 12 tracks giving insight to the mechanics and road warriors he was raised with. Marin is no stranger to the rough men and tough lifestyle he writes about. A mechanic himself, he has spent his fair share of time masked in grease and has even been known to crawl under the Eaglesmith bus on occasions when it breaks down.
These days Roger has his own travel plans to arrange, with the release of "Roger Marin Jr." he has been touring with his own band, Phil Bosley on bass and Matt Keigan on drums. With the pending release of his 2nd CD, "HIGH ROADS", Marin's songwriting and production growth are evident. From the co-written title track, "High Roads" (written with Texan songwriter Adam Carroll) and its metaphoric imagery to "Rollin On", "Hang this Hat", "Broken Glass and Busted Songs" and "City Girl", this album paints a cinematographic portrait of life on the road. There is a sincerity and authenticity to this artists writing that is unmistakable.
"HIGH ROADS" includes two excellent covers as well, Adam Carroll's "Blondie and Dagwood" and Fred Eaglesmith's "49 Tons". Featured guests include the vocals of Serena Ryder and Romi Mayes, and musicianship of Jaxon Haldane, Dan Whiteley, Scott Nolan, Dan Walsh and many others.
The 31 year old Marin has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Junior Brown, Del McCoury, and Delbert McClinton. While Roger fulltime job was backing the songs of others he has recently changed gears from sideman to frontman.
It's not just the miles under Roger's shoes that measure how far he's come.
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