Philip Martin’s honest, stripped-down songwriting shares common experiences with his audiences. “No one is as different as we think we are – we all have things in common,” said Martin. This personal connection is what allows Martin’s fans to take ownership of his music, because it’s tells their story.
Martin’s strength is in his performances. The seasoned veteran has honed his craft during thousands of stage performances, both solo and while sharing the stage with a diverse range of music icons. In any given set, you’ll see him bounce between blues harp and guitar, driving home the catchy melodies with engaging vocals that you will play over in your head.
Martin is never as comfortable doing anything else besides playing and creating music. It has taken him years to finally realize not to fight his natural instincts. Some artists need a cataclysmic event to validate their decision to be a musician, but this moment came to Martin one night as he loaded his guitar in for a gig. It was at this moment clutching his case that he realized he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing. It was at this moment he decided to follow his desire to be an artist and just go for it.
Martin has enjoyed a healthy touring career, both in his native Australia and abroad. He has shared the stage with: Dave Alvin, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ed Robertson, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Michelle Shocked, Canned Heat, Long John Baldry, Kevin Welch, Kenny Neal, Hothouse Flowers, Dutch Tilders, The Waifs, Kevin Borich, Phil Manning, Geoff Achison, and The Flood.
Philip has also won the "Hohner National Harmonica Championship 1998, Professional Champion"
Review. Rhythms Magazine. December 2010.
…..You can hear why American southerners fall in love with Australian singer-songwriter Philip Martin. He sounds like he was born and bred there, his love of country, blues and Cajun/Louisiana rhythms shines through his music. One of those strong, unhurried, gentlemanly crooners who seems able to occupy the spotlight in any song without apparent effort. Martin managed to tee up some recording time, and a bunch of willing and able US players (including Allison Moorer guitarist Joe McMahan and CC Adcock’s brother Eric Adcock) to document 12 of his own compositions.
The title of the album comes from the three studios it was recorded at – Nashville, Atlanta, and Lafayette. You can’t fault the production and the playing and though Martin is deliberately exploring well-worn paths, his writing is generally strong enough to exhibit originality. Oh, and he’s no slouch on the harmonica either !