“A cut above the plethora of acoustic singer-songwriters. Joe Martin shows an abundance of promise” – Americana UK
Lancashire -based singer songwriter Joe Martin is deservedly gaining major attention on both sides of the Atlantic. September sees Joe beginning an impressive series of supporting performances, along with a solo performance at The Betsy Trotwood in London and at the much-respected Backstage At The Green in Kinross, Scotland.
As a child Joe was brought up listening to artists such as Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Songs that tell a story played a big part in what Joe would be listening to in his formative years. All this can be heard in the music he’s making now.
As a teenager Joe fronted a Country band whilst living in Leeds and studying at University. The band played original songs and toured the UK opening for artists like The Shires and appearing at festivals such as C2C: Country to Country. But now as a solo artist, Joe has found himself performing more shows around the UK and further afield in Europe and Stateside.
The past few years have been an experience-rich journey helping Joe refine his song writing and storytelling craft. Playing the preeminent Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee was a profound moment for Joe, the feeling of coming full circle, after being inspired by the TV show ‘Nashville’ - in which the Bluebird was regularly featured. Meeting and taking advice from his song writing idol John Paul White of The Civil Wars a week before his Bluebird debut was also an inspirational moment.
“The night I was at the Bluebird a young Englishman with a rich, resonant voice named Joe Martin seemed primed for bigger things.” - Jeremy Egner, New York Times.
Other Nashville experiences include guesting on Carl Jackson’s show at the Station Inn, Carl produced and performed with Glen Campbell for years, so for Joe to sing Glen’s universally-known ‘Wichita Lineman’ with Carl and his band was a special moment.
Another of Joe’s musical idols includes Producer Dave Cobb, and the artists he records, Brent Cobb, Jason Isbell, Colter Wall and Chris Stapleton, to name a few. So, it was a humbling moment when he was asked to co-write at RCA Studios with one of Cobb’s writers, Aaron Raitiere and given a personal tour of RCA’s ‘Studio A’, where musical legends from The Beach Boys to Dolly Parton to George Strait have made history.
In 2017 Joe released his debut EP ‘Small World’ to much acclaim and has recently recorded a suite of singles with the Champs of the much respected UK Americana band, ‘Danny and the Champions of the World’.
"Joe Martin is an artist who knows who he wants to be and has a voice of his own, a rare original glimmer in a sea of Nashville wannabes” - Six Shooter Country