Following a youth of accompanying his roaming country musician father, and years of touring the world non-stop with Canadian alt-country luminaries Fred Eaglesmith and Willie P Bennett, and working with acts such as Willie Nelson, Junior Brown, Del McCoury, Hayes Carll, Adam Carroll and Delbert McClinton, Roger Marin now delivers his own distinctive voice and an honest, razor sharp sound that cuts through the manufactured pretense of commercial music.


existing outside the establishment
not mainstream
the un-genre of genres

When it comes to learning how to make a name for yourself as an independent music artist, Roger Marin has been a life long student. Living and breathing music for most of his life, as a teen playing guitar alongside his father - a roaming country music artist, then several years as pedal steel and lead guitar with Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels. More recently on his own and ramping up to record, promote and release his third album, the lessons learned have paid off in many ways for the Thorold guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Marin's stage performance is well honed, engaging and brimming with his zest for life. His song writing resonates with his belief that "You only find satisfaction in music by doing it your own way. Right or wrong, you should do it the way you feel it. Don't rush, just work hard and do it right." He has made a world of friends in the business and has an enthusiastic and growing audience. Marins no-nonsense approach has earned him the respect and camaraderie of many fellow singer-songwriters. He has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Willie P. Bennett, Hayes Carll, Adam Carroll, Scott Nolan and Gordie Tentrees.

Constantly evolving as songwriter and performer, Marin's eagerly anticipated third album has just been released. His debut album, Roger Marin Jr., 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. The sophomore album, High Roads, with 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 sincerity and authenticity to this artists writing that is unmistakable.

Whether performing solo or with the band, the Roger Marin Band, including Phil Bosley (Bass/Vox), Mike Tuyp (Lead Guitar) and Matt Keighan (Percussion/Vox), from reaches around the globe to perhaps your very own backyard, do not let an opportunity pass to experience this talent.

Reviews & Interviews

    2004-07-22 Niagara Pulse Magazine - Shain Shapiro - Feature Article
    2007-07-25 Yukon News - Genesee Keevil - Marin mixes country folk with Zappa punk
    2007-08-23 Toronto Star - Greg Quill - Festival Takes Root In Niagara
    2008-06-01 St Catharine Standard - Don Fraser - With a little help from his friends
    2009-08-13 Edmonton See Magazine - Tom Murray - Scenes From A Marin
    2010-06-01 Welland Tribune - staff - Everyday experiences inspire Marin's latest
    2010-06-24 LA Beat - Richard Amery - Roger Marin bringing real country to Lethbridge
    2010-06-29 Lethbridge SunTimes - staff - Strong lineup of local music for Canada Day
    2010-07-01 BeatRoute Magazine - Spencer Brown - Roger Marin prefaced with pedal steel
    2010-07-05 Welland Tribune - staff - Everyday experiences inspire Marin's latest
    2010-07-07 LA Beat Magazine - Richard Amery - Roger Marin has a knack for a country hook and a catchy song
    2010-07-10 Welland Tribune - staff - The road to growth Extensive touring gives ...
    2011-07-04 Niagara This Week - Cicada Fest at Five
    2011-07-04 Welland Tribune - An Original Concept

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"Roger Marin gave us the countriest rock and roll I've ever seen."
Phog Lounge Blog

"Oh, the good ol' days of country music. When Johnny Cash would make you walk the line, Elvis Presley would break your heart and Carl Perkins would sing about them blue suede shoes. If one were to envision today's Cash, Presley or Perkins then Roger Marin brings it home."
Jordan Nunziato
Welland Tribune

"Another young cat who grew up playing Country in Canadian bars (Roger Marin), a really fine player on guitar and steel."
Pure Music

Saw a great band called the Roger Marin band who are from the Niagra region of all places, apparently I need to go out west to take my head out of my ass and hear good Ontario music.
Joshua van Tassel's blog

Roger Marin isn't so much the kind of songwriter who's heard as much as felt. With his combination of honest lyrics and rough-and-tumble life experience, Marin aims for the heart and hits it every time.
Spencer Brown
Beat Route

When your father's a roaming country artist, it's hard not to become a lifelong music student. That's just what Roger Marin is.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"...and Roger Marin flooring them with his acoustic solos."
Redeye USA

Adam Carroll and Roger Marin play the middle of nowhere
For some inexplicable reason Texas singer songwriter Adam Carroll (of Blondie and Dagwood fame) played PK's, a tiny hole-in-the-wall Irish pub in Bellows Falls, VT with Ontario musician Roger Marin (formerly of Fred Eaglesmith's band) on Sunday. They did a small tour of Canada and god knows why but they drove 18 hours to play a room with a capacity of 30 max and literally passed the hat for gas money. Plus they blew a tire on the way in.

They went on a little after 5 and alternated songs for two sets, stunningly good stuff (I was already a Carroll fan) including the co-written Whiskey Take Me Off the Shelf which Willie Nelson had them write for him.

Aside from that and a late appearance by the town crazy lady who would not SHUT THE F**K UP it was a pretty magical night, two world-class songwriters playing in an as out-of-the-way venue as you're ever going to find. Or not.

Imagine if John Prine and Steve Earle pulled up to your local pub in a beat-up Ford Escort and then traded tunes back and forth for a couple of hours. It was that kind of an evening.

Johnny Black Trio blog

...the roger marin band shook off the effects of months of winter touring, setting up, tearing down, driving for hours, to entertain the fine folks of stony plain. entertain - hell, they rocked in the best sense of the word...
The Tom Murray Reader

The young man is a modern day traveling minstrel. He is the epitome of roots music because he gets to the soul of the matter: a song that everyone relates to because he's tapping into the human condition. He charms his audience by singing about Texas moons, road trips....

I went once with Roger Marin from Ontario over to Manitoba in the summer, Once to Niagra Falls in the summer, it was great, once from Niagra over to Nova Scotia in January great music... bad weather... They, (the canadians) are some of the most whiskey drinkin hard partyin frendliest and life loving people i've met on the road so far, i'm glad i've met them
Adam Carroll
Lone Star Music

"Roger Marin is a constantly-evolving, highly entertaining and increasingly powerful songwriter and performer.

We first heard Roger accompanying Fred Eaglesmith on lead and steel guitar, and it has been a joy to get to know him and his music, first under Fred's tutelage and now as he steps out on his own.

It's always a privilege and a joy to have Roger be part of Roots on the River, and we hope he is a part of it for years to come."

Charlie Hunter
Flying Under Radar
Roots on the Rails/River

"...and Roger, with a wonderful John Prine-y approach to song."
Flying Under Radar

Eternally scruffy, (his 8x10 literally looks like John Dillinger's death photograph), country singer Roger Marin looks the part of the mechanics and modern cowboys he eulogizes. Marin's backup band, on the other hand, looks like he stole them from the mosh-pit of a Gwar concert. Buy a schooner of Yukon Gold and see them both this weekend...
Yukon News

"On Friday I played a place called P.K.'s with Roger Marin... We did two sets and I think it was the first time I've ever had people sitting on the floor in a bar to see the show."
Hayes Carll's Road Journal

Roger Marin Jr has come into his own as a really talented and appealing singer-songwriter. Marin, who toured with Fred Eaglesmith for many years, has released his latest fantastic, almost more mainstream CD, "Silvertown." Rather it would be mainstream in country radio played authentic country rock music rather than pop music with steel guitars.
Richard Amery
LA BEAT Magazine

The Wood Wouldn't Burn

Typically, I get inspired by stories that I can relate to, stories that I can picture myself in. In the case of the song, "The Wood Wouldn't Burn," it was quite the opposite.

In 2006, I was playing at Cicada Fest, a little folk festival up in Ontario, Canada put on by my friend and fellow songwriter, Roger Marin. One evening, we were all over at Roger's house and I spotted this old guitar leaning up against his couch. Roger has some beautiful guitars, but this one was in really bad shape. It had obviously been in a fire. The finish on it was blistered and peeling, the neck was warped and there were a couple tuning pegs that were missing.

When I asked Roger about it, he said that he used to have a fan who would come to every show, go up to Roger and say, "Roger, man, I love your music. I have this great, old Gibson guitar that you would sound awesome on!" Roger told me he thought the guy was just being gracious. Musicians often get the "my uncle has a pristine Les Paul under his bed" banter from fans and it's just a part of the conversation that connects musicians to their audiences.

Some time went by and Roger didn't see the man at his shows. Then one evening, a woman went up to Roger, handed him a burned-up Gibson guitar and told him, "You know, my husband was a huge fan of your music and he always wanted to hear you play this guitar. He died last year and now I'm getting his belongings where they belong."

As I said in the beginning, I can't imagine being this woman who was honoring her husband's wish by letting go of the souvenirs of his life after he was gone. I know how tightly I would cling to the artifacts of a long marriage. This song is my attempt at telling a story that I almost can't imagine. All of it is true; except I found out later that I might have gotten the year wrong on the guitar (it was 1963-66 instead of '52). When I went back and played Cicada Fest in 2009, I got to perform this song on that very guitar.

"The Wood Wouldn't Burn"
My old man had a dying wish
Bought it with his bones and flesh
That you should have this old guitar
We pulled it out of the fire

He always liked the way you played
He knew the sacrifice you made
To leave your family for the lonely road
And send the money that you made back home

It was a 1952 Gibson FlatTop
Blisters on the neck and ashes on the headstock
Held together with some rusty wire
The wood wouldn't burn in the fire
No, that wood wouldn't burn in the fire

My old man didn't play that much
He let the strings get rusty when he lost his touch
So down in the basement it went
With the baby books and Christmas ornaments

The fire started on the ground floor
Took my husband and my son before
It crept down the basement stairs
Then I guess it just ran out of air


He was a regular at all of your shows
He knew your daddy and he watched you grow
Into the man that you are today
How I wish that he could hear you play

So sing about him in your sad, sad songs
Play your hot licks and let him sing along
And when the crowd wants a little more,
Bring him out for an encore

by Susan Gibson
Susan, an established singer/songwriter musician, wrote the hit song "Wide Open Spaces". Check out Susan's new CD, TightRope, at Amarillo Magazine