Bob Martin w/ friends Sandy Goulet & John Spano (BALLROOM)
Celebrate 40 Years of Bob Martin with friends Sandy Goulet & John Spano.
Spend a night of stories and friends with Bob to celebrate his 40 years of writing and performing; a great night for all ages. Bob Martin's 2011 CD, "Live at the Bull Run" entered the Euro Americana Charts at #13. And though we may be biased, for obvious reasons, we think it is one of the best folk albums we've heard in awhile. Bob is an amazing songwriter, telling stories of ordinary folks in familiar surroundings. His turn of phrase and rich imagery put him in the company of Dylan and Cohen.
Martin hails from Lowell, Massachusetts, the same New England city as Jack Kerouac, who heavily influenced Martin's writing and career. In 1972, fifteen years after Kerouac's "On The Road" was published, Bob made his first album "Midwest Farm Disaster" for RCA Records in Nashville. He worked closely with Chet Atkins, an executive at RCA at the time and drummer Kenneth Buttrey, a key player on Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album. In 1974, he moved to a farm in West Virginia with his family and continued to write songs, poetry, novels and other artistic endeavors. In '82, he recorded his second album, "Last Chance Rider". This record was recognized as one of the top three folk albums in the country by the National Assoc of Independent Record Distributors.
It was another ten years, until the release of his third album, "The River Turns the Wheel", in 1997. This album hosts backing vocals by Bill Morrissey and Cormac McCarthy and was released on Martin's own label, Riversong Records. It may be considered Bob's most commercially successful album to date. Reaching #16 on the Gavin Americana Chart, it was chosen one of the top ten albums in 1997 by Brad Kava of The San Jose Mercury News. Dave Perry of The Lowell Sun chose it as the "best folk album of 1997" and Tom Flannery of The Electric City News also picked it as the best CD of that year. He toured nationally and opened for Merle Haggard in 1999. Martin released his fourth album, "Next To Nothin" in 2000, and in 2006 he completed his first non-fiction novel.
"He is really one of the genius songwriters of the Northeast." - Dave Palmetier - WUMB-FM, Boston.
"Where did this guy come from?" - John Calkins - Acoustic Musician Magazine