In 2017, Mark released his first solo EP entitled “Rearranged”, an album that has received wonderful reviews in “No Depression” and other prominent music blogs and publications. Now Mark has released his follow-up EP entitled “Qualifiers” representing his very best work to date. This album is one to be heard, and we have, what we hope is an insightful review for you, as well as we have included the Bandcamp link where you can buy this “will be” groundbreaking EP.
In Review: Qualifiers by Mark Rogers
Qualifiers is the work of a man with two distinctive sides, a seasoned and experienced artist that creates music that weaves a story of hope, love and life’s journeys, and the 2nd, a man that has somehow found the fountain of youth, Marl Rogers sings with the voice of a young man still searching for answers, with a strong “devil may care” sound and a joyful bounce.
The album Qualifiers opens with a song called “No Bigger Fool” which sets the tone for the album, in this we hear the young man within, searching for his place in life and accepting his choices, which is the first step in being a man. Next we have the title track “Qualifiers”, which is again, a story of how life gives you options, and a person’s expectations, and what can suddenly change. “Imagining” is an introspective piece, how does one fulfill their own expectations, the “flights of fancy” that can distract us from our own lives. The next track, “The Blues Are Passing By” is a fun piece, and the title is misleading, it sounds like a breakup song, a song of separation, but also a song of “closure”, possibly when a break up is the only and best choice for both involved, parting as 2 people that tried, there is sadness deep in the lyrics, but it can’t be helped. The next track, “You Can Lead me On” is another fun and frolicking track, one where you know you are heading into trouble and this may not be the best of ideas, but oh what fun is there to be had. The album rounds up to a intense finale with “The World Changed Forever” with a ballad in the “Americana Bard fashion, a fitting tribute to the musical legend John Lennon, and how he, Mark Rogers, quantifies the beginning of the fall of the American Dream, the hope for a Utopian Future came to a sudden and abrupt end the moment the bullet pierced the flesh of the man who would “Imagine” a better life for us all.
Mark Rogers music reestablishes the boundaries of Americana with a healthy dose of Pop, Folk/Rock, and some cool Bossa rhythm, just to keep things in order. Mark resides in eastern Virginia and tours with a 5-piece band.
Mark Rogers is a BMI-published singer/songwriter with unique pop sensibilities. His musical heritage, dating back to his youth, is what is now considered pure Americana. After college, Mark followed the chime of McGuinn’s 12-string in search of Zevon’s Los Angeles. In the 80’s, he headed a Cosmic American band in LA and played some of the loneliest clubs in Hollywood. An experience that contributed to his decision to spend the 90’s and 00’s raising a family in Washington, DC. In 2010, a number of factors conspired resulting in the modern proliferation of his songwriting, not the least of which was reconnecting with “the one who got away” a long time ago. Life’s funny that way.
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