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As a child in Appalachia Mick Martin grew up listening to the mountain music that was a natural part if his surroundings, which is evident in his unique sound and guitar picking style - it's true "Country Blues". During the 1920’s and 30’s Mick’s mother (Mildred) was a singer. Her sister (Dorothy) played the harmonica and the third sister (Annie) a guitar player and singer. "The Daneker Sisters" had played on the radio and opened for medicine shows when they came to town. Other close relatives who lived in the deep and rolling hills of Appalachia played the fiddle and banjo while calling square dances. Mick's aunt (Annie), who is 90 years old, still sings "Old Southern Gospel" music as she did in church more than 80 years ago. As a young adult Mick toured the country playing music and performing as both a solo act and with a band. He also has a passion for teaching and taught acoustic guitar for several years at one of the first vintage instrument music stores in the country.

On his new album titled "Revelator" - Mick Martin has reworked old blues and jazz songs by the likes of Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. Musicians of this kind are quite a rare breed today. They played with true emotion and played because they loved to. They had no ulterior motives, no hopes of glory and fame7 they played the blues.

It takes someone special, someone that has lived a particular type of life - to relate to this type of attitude and rewrite music of this kind while maintaining its integrity. Mick Martin has done just that.

When asked in an interview why he chose to make an album of classic blues songs, Mick replied “to reveal some hidden gems, to present classic blues and folk songs in a new and different way.”

From birth, to childhood, through his travels as a young adult and time spent playing music, Mick has lived the life of a true blues musician. He is a rare specimen that provides us with a glimpse into a time where music was about something more than money, corporate sponsorships, fame and all the other distractions that are a part of today’s industry. Mick resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

 
 

 


 

PAY DAY

BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY

BROKE DOWN ENGINE

PARCHMAN FARM

RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND

JOHN THE REVELATOR

WININ’ BOY BLUES

MY BABE

MAMA, T’AIN’T LONG ‘FORE DAY

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