Joe Martin is a Country and Americana singer songwriter from the Ribble Valley but has for the past few years been based in Leeds. Joe has always been surrounded by music, brought up listening to artists such as the Beatles, the Eagles, James Taylor, Bob Dylan. And since his interest in the genre of Americana and Country music has developed, he has taken influence from more contemporary artists such as Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, John Paul White and Kree Harrison when writing his own songs. He started writing when he was fifteen and focused his efforts exclusively on Country before moving to Leeds to study music. While in Leeds Joe founded the band Fitzwallace in 2013, who, over the past couple of years have gone on to perform at some of the most recognised and respected Country, Folk and Americana festivals the UK has to offer. Including, Country to Country, the Great British Folk Festival and the High and Lonesome festival to name a few. They also supported The Shires and Ward Thomas as part of their joint headline tour late 2014.
Joe recently attended a songwriting writing retreat in Normandy France hosted by ex vice CEO of Warner Chapel, Judy Stakee who mentored a handful of selected songwriters from around the world. (Visit the demos page to hear collaborations from the retreat).
While visiting Nashville in Autumn 2016 Joe collaborated with London producer Sue McMillan and hit songwriter Jill Colucci, and also recorded at Sound Emporium Studios. Having left Fitzwallace in 2016 Joe is working as a solo artist, planning on releasing an EP early next year and returning to Nashville in 2017.