Joe Martin is an upcoming singer songwriter deservedly gaining attention both in the UK and the US. Brought up listening to artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Story telling songs were a big portion of what Joe would be listening to in his formative years, which can be heard in the music he’s making now.
While living in Leeds and studying at University, Joe fronted a country band, playing original songs to crowds around the UK, opening for artists like the Shires and appearing at festivals such as Country to Country. But since gigging as a solo artist Joe has found himself performing around the UK, Europe and Stateside.
The past couple of years have been an experience-rich journey helping Joe refine his songwriting and storytelling craft. Playing the pre-eminent Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Tennessee was a profound moment for Joe, the feeling of coming full circle, after being inspired by the show Nashville on which the Bluebird was regularly featured. Meeting and taking advice from his songwriting 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.
His 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 well known Wichita Lineman with Carl and his band was a special moment. An other 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.
Last year, 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 is set to release his next single ‘Love Strong’ on October 1st 2018 and the following two singles in the first half of 2019.
“A cut above the plethora of acoustic singer-songwriters. Joe Martin shows an abundance of promise” - Americana UK
“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