Marci grew up at bluegrass festivals and knows a great deal about “high and lonesome,” but she is a storyteller both lyrically and vocally—ranging from high and lonesome to cute and sweet as well as fun and feisty to low and sultry. She sometimes calls her music “Astroturf”, since it’s a lot like real grass.
Bluegrass Unlimited hails Marci as "a creative singer and songwriter."
"Marci's got the charm and delivery that audiences want. Her music is bluegrass that's bluesy and sassy, and her lyrics are entertaining and thoughtful," says Mike Dunbar.
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November 12, 2007
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Salyer’s first single to fund scholarship
‘Black Collar Workers’ to benefit coal miners’ daughters, sons
She may not be a coal miner’s daughter, but Marci Salyer is hoping her new single “Black Collar Workers” will help some miners’ daughters and sons.
The song “Black Collar Workers” will be included on the upcoming CD Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, Vol. 90, a compilation album of current bluegrass singles, scheduled for release Nov. 15. Select proceeds from the song will fund the Black Collar Scholarship, set up by Salyer and designed to assist the child of a coal miner by providing him or her the opportunity to attend Morehead State University in Kentucky.
Salyer, an alumna of Morehead State University, and a lecturer on the speech communication faculty at East Tennessee State University, will donate all airplay royalties of the song and 20 percent of the song’s sales to the scholarship fund that she has started. In addition, a minimum of five benefit concerts are planned to raise additional funds, Salyer says.
“We are always excited and proud when one of our alumni realizes the importance of giving back,” Mindy Highley, director of development at Morehead State University, says. “Marci is using her talents and the education she gained at Morehead State to benefit future generations of students in eastern Kentucky.”
The scholarship will help the child of a coal miner, or a student from a coal-mining region, to attend Morehead State, with the understanding that the student will use his or her degree to make a difference in the community and the Appalachian region. “I hope my efforts will allow others to exert their own efforts to effect change,” Salyer says. “I call it ‘advocacy breeding advocacy.’ ”
“Black Collar Workers,” a song that examines the emotional impact of coal mining on individuals and families, is the first single off of Salyer’s latest recording, Charmed & Dangerous, which is scheduled for national release in early 2008.
The song, written by Salyer and co-writers Bill Warrington and Allan Frank in Nashville in 2001, is a culmination of Salyer simply expressing her emotions about the subject of coal mining to her co-writers. “We were sitting around one day trying to come up with an idea, and I started talking about coal mining and my family in Kentucky. I said ‘I guess they were just black collar workers.’ We immediately knew the idea was black gold.”
Growing up in the small eastern Kentucky town of Salyersville, coal mining was a part of life for Salyer. “This song means a lot to me,” Salyer says. “Many members of my family, my grandpa, uncles and cousins were all coal miners. I watched an uncle die of black lung disease. But I also have a nostalgic affection for the big coal trucks and the trains, as seen through a child’s eyes.”
Salyer says she wants to help provide potential scholarship recipients with an opportunity to better themselves and help others. “I’m not in any way against coal mining,” she says. “I just want to give these young people choices and education.”
Salyer feels very strongly that “Black Collar Workers” is a timely first single. “I feel like this is a great time and opportunity to help out,” Salyer says. “There has been so much about coal mining in the news lately, and I hope that this song and scholarship can capitalize on that public consciousness, not for my sake, but for the sake of the miners, their families and their communities.
“I would love for my scholarship to become an endowment one day.”