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Martha's Mistake -- a group of four women, Karyn Morgan, Tracy Kinney, Elizabeth Schmeltzer and Kathy Camille -- will perform with a new lineup at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Rusty Nail, 7291 S.R. 43.
"We have been together for four years now, but this is the second time we've played out with this lineup," Morgan said. "Tracy, the bassist, is new to the band. I've played a duet with her in a Celtic band called Liafial before. She and I have been playing together for nearly 20 years. We laugh about that sometimes because we just know each other so well we know what the other person is going to play next."
Morgan has been writing and performing music for more than 25 years.
"There's really a host of people I have been influenced by," Morgan said. "Joni Mitchell, Heart, Ann Wilson and these days I've been listening to a lot of Sarah McLachlan. You would hear that if you heard our band because we do music that covers so many different genres and its because we have four women and we all have different influences."
Martha's Mistake covers a range of genres from folk, rock and bluegrass to gospel, classic pop and original music.
"Lately I've been writing a lot of songs that are gospel oriented and Christian oriented," Morgan said. "In some cases, and I've heard other musicians say this too, sometimes you write songs and you pour over them and sometimes they are given to you. I really do believe with some of the songs I have been writing in that genre they are being given to me."
The name of the group was inspired by a Biblical story of Martha, who was so busy taking care of all her womanly duties that she was missing what was important in life.
"The story is where Mary and Martha, who were sisters, were entertaining Jesus in their home and Martha was doing all the things that women do, like she was preparing the meal, getting everything ready and being busy. Martha was upset because Mary was just sitting and listening to Jesus and not helping her do her duties and Martha's mistake was that she didn't stop and listen. Martha had things that needed to get done and we all relate to that, but then you lose sight of what's important because you get too busy with all the little things you think you need to do."
Whether Martha's Mistake is singing gospel or pop rock, beautiful harmony is the heart of any style of music they perform.
"We have four female vocalists who all sing," Morgan said. "Regardless of what genre we're singing in, there are bound to be lots of harmonies and everybody in the band is passionate about those harmonies. It's not uncommon to have songs with three of four-part harmonies and we do popular songs and make our own arrangements of the songs so they have more harmonies than the originals."
Martha's Mistake prides themselves on their animated live performances.
"We're a very animated group," Morgan said. "Everybody in the group brings a different stage presence, but we are such good friends that I think the audience gets to see that when we play. We know each other well enough that we joke with each other and tell stories on each other. You can really see the foundation of our group is strongly rooted in deep friendship."
Martha's Mistake returns to the Rusty Nail, where they performed last September as a part of the Kent State Folk Festival in the "All Around Town" concert series.
Wendy Fiebig, third-generation owner of the Rusty Nail, said Martha's Mistake always attracts a large crowd.
"They are extremely talented and have wonderful voices," Fiebig said. "I would say everyone and anyone would really enjoy their music. There's usually a more mature crowd Friday, especially people in the 30 to 60-year-old range."
Fiebig said people can come see Martha's Mistake perform in a comfortable environment.
"Live music here is awesome," Fiebig said. "We set up our entertainers in our main dining room so they are easily seen and heard. We hope to have a great turn out. It's nice for guests to be able to enjoy a great meal, some drinks and music."
For more information, call 330-673-2297.