Stan Martin is a keeper of the traditional country music flame. He’s a Don Rich/Danny Gatton-schooled Telecaster-loving guitar picker, a virtuoso who is not a showoff. And he’s a skilled writer and musician who is unabashedly, unapologetically country.
Martin’s original songs have a moving, sometimes comic, honesty. He retains a romantic toughness, as with some of Waylon Jennings early 1970s tunes written before the outlaw stance became a circus act.
As usual, Martin is supported by well matched players like steel player Pat Severs. He adds Dobro to complement the melancholy of Martin’s languid waltz, “Damn This Town,” then returns to the steel to trade light-hearted-but-serious licks with Martin’s Tele on “Reasons For Drinking You Gone,” the honky-tonk dance tune that follows.
A darker, almost sinister rocker, “Running Away” hints at the mood of the album’s powerful closer, “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” which is one of the best tunes Martin’s ever released. It’s big and dramatic without being overblown or overwrought.
This song is a dramatic example of how Martin’s playing resonates emotionally as much as musically. And that’s what the really good ones are going for. – Rick Allen- Vintage Guitar
Stan Martin- “Whiskey Morning”
Stan Martin and his faithful Telecaster are back in the limelight with album number five in a discography full of great country music. The offspring of a tradition that is now shared heritage almost exclusively from the independent market, the so alive and vital “Whiskey Morning” is a collection of clear country songs between California and Texas. With strong ties to the more traditional Music City heritage, the trip is all the more surprising considering Stan Martin comes from the east coast and was raised in South Boston, Massachusetts. “Whiskey Morning” was almost inevitably conceived; recorded old school without additions or digital enhancements, played with great heart and passion and co produced with bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam). The names involved are veterans of a thousand sessions who capture the essential spirit along with the simplicity and sincerity inspiring the raw sound to be credible and effective. The rest is accomplished by the talent and the skilled composition of Stan Martin, the author of all the material on the disc in tribute to his country legends and their roots. Honesty and high sensitivity are the common denominators of a selection that approaches from time to time to Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam and Kris Kristofferson while maintaining a pleasant contemporary aura. From the great acoustic ballad, “Damn This Town” to a series of pedal steel and telecaster in “Running Away”, the classic bittersweet charm in “Singer of Songs” and the connections between country and pop of “The Note” help in outlining the more than clear intentions and desire of Stan Martin to act as a true traditionalist. Music to sip and enjoy in its entirety. www.stanmartin.net
-Remo Ricaldone – Lonestar Time
Raised in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, Stan Martin’s music sounds more like the country music of Nashville. His first EP: “Wicked Heart” (2001) served as an attention grabber. The previous studio albums: “Cigarettes and Cheap Whiskey” (2002), “Love Ain’t That Tough” (2009) and “Distilled Influences” (2012) also delivered the pedal steel soaked country tunes of this versatile singer/songwriter. But with his new album: “Whiskey Morning” (2014) he is doing this all again in the superlative.
Stan Martin wrote eleven songs for this new album and he executed a sincere tribute of the great ones in this musical genre. The experienced listener will discover the influence of Merle Haggard or the sobbing voice of Dwight Yoakam (or even Chris Isaak) in these honky tonk songs and also legends like Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams have left clear traces in the work of Stan Martin, as in the song: “Come On Trouble” that you may hear on the attached video.
Also, there are sad country ballads that deserve notice with the songs “If”, “Singer of Songs” and the title track “Whiskey Morning”, just like the very danceable country rock via the song “Little Bit Right”, something similar of Raul Malo on melodramatic “The Note” and Buddy Holly-rhythm on: Wrapped Around Your Finger”. “Damn This Town” is a nice old fashioned sounding Waltz, and after has you dancing on the delicately, gently swaying “Reasons for Drinking You Gone”.
Bass player Dave Roe (Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam) not only coproduced “Whiskey Morning” with Stan Martin he also played bass guitar for the album.
The pedal steel guitar is played by Pat Severs and the accordian by John Deadrick (Dixie Chicks and Patty Griffin) provides for an extra cheerful note, while Michelle (Mrs.) Martin provides vocal support. If you still want to enjoy more of the good old country sound then we propose this plate of Stan Martin be hereby warmly recommended.
Stan Martin: Whiskey Morning
The Cream of the Crop!
Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine, said about Stan Martin, “He is a celebration of all that is best in country music”. And he is right. We have already had the opportunity to speak with Stan on Music Box, to pass his songs and say how much we enjoyed his previous album, Distilled Influences.
He is back with a new album, his fifth, Whiskey Morning. Album notes reveal:
-This CD was “a l’amcienne” in honor and tribute to all the legends of country music who are my heroes. We put some mics up, gathered the band in the studio and captured the moment on tape with NO digital enhancements-
All the tracks on the album are written by Stan Martin. Born in Boston – nobody is perfect…- Stan is, by his own admission (and cela the de’bonstonise…), the disciple of two legends: Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. But he owes as much to his mom who played with local groups of country and bluegrass.
At the age of 11, he was offered his first guitar and taught himself to play. By 15 he was playing in honky tonks. He explains:
-I grew up as a poor child. I was never looking for a musical genre. I was raised and fed country music and this is what I play.
He played lead guitar for a country rock group, The Merles, and also for John Lincoln Wright and the Sour Mash Boys. And he began to write and compose while refining his passion for playing the Telecaster.
His album, Cigarettes and Cheap Whiskey received a good reputation from the media and recognition from his peers that led him to share the stage with Patty Loveless, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Billy Joe Shaver, Jim Lauderdale, and Martina McBride.
For Whiskey Morning, he collaborated with legendary bass player Dave Roe (Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam), and also other elite – the crème de la crème – of Nashville musicians: drummer Dave Dunseath (Lee Ann Womack), pedal steeler Pat Severs (a monument of the Grand Old Opry, sideman of Bill Anderson) guitarist Mike Baker (Vern Gosdin and Dottie West) and accordionist John Deaderick (Patty Griffin and the Dixie Chicks).
What is best in country music according to Vintage Guitar? Yes. With a blink of an eye, but just a wink, to the country pop way of the Mavericks with The Note, Kris Kristofferson’s touch with Singer of Songs and Damn This Town. And a zest of country-rock with Running Away.
Stan Martin is true to his roots. Because He still says, “People will always love; they will sometimes lose love and still drink…and people still love to listen about it in a song”. He adds:
Willie Nelson said the most sensible thing when he said: “music gives people a chance to enjoy something together.”
A chance also, as he sings in Whiskey Morning, to chase the devil that is in us…
A new CD (his third if I’m not mistaken) with Stan Martin (who I heard at the Ydre Country festival a few years back) arrived a few weeks back. Stan has, as usual, written all the songs himself and also produces it together with Dave Roe. Stan writes in the liner notes that this CD was recorded in the “old school” way to honor the legends that are his heroes. The band played live and was recorded in the studio without any overdubs or digital changes. How’s the result? Well, a good mixture between faster and slower songs with very good musicians backing him up. There are a few real killer tracks here that I want to mention. Among them are the 4/4 shuffle song “Come on Trouble” which is one of the better. I also like the ballad “If”, “Damn this Town”. The standout track in my opinion is “Reasons for Drinkin’ You Gone”. Two other good tracks are the ballads “Singer of Songs” and title track “Whiskey Morning”. If you’re interested in acquiring this album you can contact Stan on his website www.stanmartin.net
Alongside such notables as Dave Gleason and Kenny Vaughan, Stan Martin is a singer, songwriter and notable guitarist. All three are Telecaster exponents of the highest order. They understand the nature and truth of twang. Martin follows up his last album Distilled Influences with this latest alcohol flavoured collection of eleven original songs. On this occasion he took the advice of bassist Dave Roe and recorded in Nashville. Roe co-produced with Martin and they have delivered a fresh sounding album that is steeped in the classic country sounds of Merle, Buck, Dwight through to contemporary Americana at its rootiest edge.
Roe has gather some notable players such as Dave Dunseath on drums, Pat Severs on steel guitar and John Deadrick on accordion, to mention but three. They are taught, focused support group who know how to make this music work the way it needs to. The opening Champagne Wishes is a steel infused riff that has a power twang that is built around some tight melodic phases and choruses. Like some of the great 80’s to early 90s albums that blended, among a number of influences, some British invasion tautness with a trademark Bakersfield twang. A blend that finds much favour, as it has in the past, with these particular set of ears. Come On Trouble and Little Bit Right also follow this template. There is however a lot of variety on the album with the solid love song If taking a more acoustic route with dobro and accordion. Damn This Town express the frustration of a man living far from home trying to make his way against the odds. A troubadour unable to make achieve his ambition or find a foothold to build a living from. A feeling many have had in trying to follow a that particular dream. As with a lot of country songs these song will seem familiar and are easy too make friend with. Singer Of Songs is about a man who has used up his favours in trying to be true to his hopes and to follow in the footsteps of his idols.
Martin has never been one to stray too far from what is a perennial theme in traditional country music for the subject matter for some of his songs -that is drinkimg. The title track and the self explanatory Reasons For Drinking You Gone, The Note and the aforementioned Champagne Wishes are ones that deal with issues related to the powers of booze. Love and life are the other regular stalwarts of country music and music in general. The closing song Wrapped Around Your Finger talks of a relationship that provides solace of sorts. It that has the rhythm feel of a Paul Kennerley song and close the album with upbeat confidence.
Stan Martin has been perfecting his craft and this, his fifth, album is his best. His vocal are more assured and his playing and integration with the pedal steel and with the rhythm section assures that all flows along with ease. This is something for those who like their country straight up but not restrained to any one strand. Rather this album is an amalgamation of on number of influences delivered as a satisfying whole.
STAN MARTIN “Whiskey Morning” (Twangtone Records)
"This record was made ' old school ' in honor and tribute to the legends of country music," says Stan Martin himself beforehand about his recently published fifth studio album "Whiskey Morning." And in one of the legendary Dave Roe shared production serves the best man here actually eleven songs that justify such a claim. Songs, which although "en passant" explicitly the influence of reputed Kadam as a Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam, a betrayed but which on closer inspection however, especially underline Martins own no small talents. Songs, "en passant" although clearly betray the influence of reputed boys as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam, but on a closer to underline especially Martin's own considerable talents. On the other hand (sometimes a tiny bit reminiscent to Yoakam) vocal tricks, on the other hand, skilled fingers. On the one hand (sometimes a little bit reminiscent or Yoakam) vocal tricks, on the other hand his deft fingers. Skilled with the pen, but especially on the strings of his Telecaster and a host of other guitars. Proficient with the pen, but also on the strings of his Telecaster and numerous other guitars.
What Martin makes this particularly interesting, is the fact that he both on lovers of classic country and Americana seems to want to take aim. What makes Martin then particularly interesting is the fact that he seems to want to aim. Both lovers or classic country and Americana It makes from "Whiskey Morning" by all means a particularly varied whole. It makes "Whiskey Morning" certainly is a very varied group. Opening track "Champagne Wishes" is so for example countryrocker a nice twangende, "Come On Trouble" classically trained honky tonk and "If veritabele" a Pearl of a ballad. Opening track "Champagne Wishes" is so for example a nice twang-income country rocker, "Come On Trouble" classically trained veritabele honky tonk and "If" a gem of a ballad. "Little Bit Right" then again a nice away rocks, "Damn This Town" appears to be a textbook example of narrative Americana and "Reasons For Drinking You Gone" is just sublime Bakersfield country today. "Little Bit Right" then rocks back quite a distance away, "Damn This Town" shows an example of narrative Americana and "Reasons For Drinking You Gone" is simply sublime Bakersfield country nowadays. As far as we are concerned, the most beautiful song here, that last. For us also marks the most beautiful song here that last. Then it goes through the nervous, sixties country clearly important bearing "Running Away" about the us full masters such as Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot and Rodney Crowell and the slow "Singer Of Songs" reminiscent countrypopgewijs careful to the waterway of the Mavericks afdrijvende "The Note" to the heavy melancholy title track and the closing, pretty Everly-esk completed "Wrapped Around Your Finger". Afterwards it goes through the nervous, sixties country obviously still very important bearing "Running Away" about us plenty of legends like Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot and Rodney Crowell remembering slow "Singer Of Songs" and country pop or the Mavericks just until the water wise gently drifting "The Note" to the closing title track and properly when heavy melancholic Everly-esk completed "Wrapped Around Your Finger".
Together for just under forty minutes topcountry of a man who fully deserves to be heard as far as we are concerned. From here very warmly recommended! Together account for just under forty minutes topcountry of a man who, in our opinion fully deserves to be. From this very highly recommended
Martin’s affection for fermented grain mash is a pretty good guide to his albums, Cigarettes & Cheap Whiskey (Twangtone, 2002), Distilled Influences (Twangtone, 2012) and Whiskey Morning show him in crackling honky tonk form, whereas I thought he was off the reservation a bit with the more country pop/soul Love Ain’t That Tough (Gibralter, 2009).
Though based in Boston, he went to Nashville for this album, co-produced with Dave Roe, the last Tennessee Three bassplayer, bringing in Nashville cats including Patty Griffin’s accordionist John Deaderick and Grand Ole Opry steel and Dobro player Pat Severs to back his eleven originals. A perennial problem with Martin is that while he can write and, with a deep, emotive baritone, often compared to Chris Isaak’s, sing a great honky tonk song, what he does with his Telecaster tends to hog the spotlight. Martin was raised on records featuring Don Rich, James Burton, Roy Nichols and Grady Martin, but, heretical as it may sound, he’s on the same level. As Rick Allen said of Distilled Influences in Vintage Guitar, “This boy sure can play… solid material, excellent singing, a great band, and best of all, killer country guitar.” JC
Stan Martin’s music is a celebration of what’s best about country music. His rolling, popping Telecaster runs are the kind that cause players to adopt that beloved plank as their ax of choice. This boy sure can play. Martin makes wonderful noise on any guitar, however: his acoustic playing on “I Do” proves the point. But when he’s playing his Tele, it sounds like he’s riding his horse and doing what he was meant to do. Even within “I Do,” the electric solo feels like a none-too-soon return to the right way of things.
His country-rock licks in “He’s Not There With You” give A nod to the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and California Pickers like Glenn Frey. Catchy originals like “Walk Away” also Bring to mind the Heartbreakers, but its thumping mid-tempo rhythm and one of the albums’ several impressive turns from fiddler Scott Joss land the songs squarely on the honky tonk side of town. In fact, that tune and “You Got Me Singing The Blues” are so honky tonk it’s hard to believe there’s no one in the band named “Smokey,” “Lefty,” or “Tex.”
The competent touch of the Rhythm Kings’ Ducky Carlisle in the Producer’s chair keeps Distilled Influences uncompromisingly country without being either too retro or artificially modern. The result of the equation is an album that’s 100% on the money. This album has it all: solid material, excellent singing, a great band, and best of all, killer country guitar.
Stan Martin has too often slipped through the cracks of the country-rock scene. Let's hope that changes with this excellent new batch of songs that glide and twang along to honky-tonk heaven. Martin's Boston-based trio are the stars -- as his Telecaster magic fronts the driving rhythm section of bassist Mark Hickox and drummer Ducky Carlisle. They're aided at times by world-class fiddler Scott Joss, a Bakersfield legend who has toured with Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam. Martin wrote all the songs and a couple of the more rocking tracks would fit comfortably on Dwight Yoakam's searing "Gone" album from the '90s. Besides flashing enough hot licks to rival longtime Yoakam guitarist Pete Anderson, Martin also shows gritty touches of the Rolling Stones and the jangle pop of R.E.M. and the Gin Blossoms. The song themes revolve around the love-losing, love-starving, love-cheating and sometimes love-finding souls who often don't know what hit them, good or bad. Martin has a great feel for honky-tonk music ("I just drank my last dollar/ I'm still sober, just my luck" he sings in "Mr. Lonely Me''), but he remains a romantic at heart. And his guitar solos are dazzling as he puts on a veritable guitar clinic throughout. In a more perfect world, Martin would have folks in Nashville, Bakersfield, and just about anywhere else recording his songs.
STEVE MORSE, former longtime Boston Globe staff critic who has also contributed to Billboard and Rolling Stone and is currently teaching an online course in Rock History at Berklee College of Music
Looking at the influences represented by the album covers featured in the cover artwork, there seems one missing to me: Dwight Yoakam. For as well as featuring former Yoakam sideman Scott Joss on several tracks. Stan Martin has also included some other of Yoakam's influences. Martin's eleven original song all stand up as solid honky-tonkers and dancefloor heartbreakers, with touches of additional elements from the more broad-minded 60s and 70s artists. Working with a tight bass, drum and guitar set-up that adds Joss' fiddle to the core band on six cuts, gives the songs an economic and focused sound with Martin's Telecaster well to the fore over Ducky Carlisle’s solid drums and Marc Hickox's propulsive bass. The former also co-produced the album as he did with the previous Cigarettes and Cheap Whiskey album so this is exactly how the band want to sound and it's pretty good.
Martin is not as distinctive vocalist as Yoakam (but then who is?) but does a fine and believable job of delivering these songs. Some sound like they come from a time when Buck Owens was played on radio next to The Beatles. There's also a touch of pub rock in the mix (Right Now) when musical influences were crossing back and forth across the Atlantic.
The overall influence is true old-school country filtered through a rock solid base which results in some enjoyable and entertaining music. It isn’t a stretch to hear Dwight singing You Let Me Down. The distilled influences on Stan Martin and his band have resulted in an album that, while it may not push any envelopes, is neither overtly retro or bad country-pop. For that Martin deserves credit. Long may he continue to lead his team to produce a musical mix that seemed to vanish at the end of the 90s, a musical direction that, I for one, thoroughly enjoyed.
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When told that Stan Martin, whose fourth album, Distilled Influences, just released, is originally from Boston, you say (as I did): "by Boston? Ah, good... They do the country in this corner there? »And then you listen to it. And there – and this was the case in 2009 with the album Love is not That - all your prejudices, all shots, all assumptions, fall. Who knows if, in Boston, they do for the country, but what is known is that Stan Martin in fact, him, and the real! And it is no coincidence if the label producing Distilled Influences is called Twangtone Records. The twang, it is this "accent" who are you country. The twang of Stan Martin, it's hardcore. And it is the first truly country artist out of New England.The title even album comes from a phrase that Stan uses to describe his "sound": "all my influences are as distilled through me, it says well how I have evolved to become an artist that to finally found her own voice.» His voice. And his way.What is on this CD of 11 titles? That's good. For example Mr. Loneley Me which brings back us to the heyday of "Cowboy" Jack Clement and Johnny Paycheck. The Bluebird superb that "sounds" very Irish. The very Texas Good Bye Houston. Of country blues with You Got Me Singing The Blues. Of country rock with He's Not There With You, You Let Me Down, Should've Been Gone.Stan Martin, of course, grew up in Boston. But it was fed by that listened to his mother. Namely the Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. Hard to find better. And, to make things quite clear, include musicians, in addition to Marc Hickox (bass), Ducky Carlisle (drums, percussion), Michelle Martin (harmony vocals), a certain Scott Joss. Who was the fiddler by Merle Haggard.In The Boston Globe, Steve Morse wrote: "Stan Martin is a not yet famous country hero whose the honky tonk button should hang the ears of Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, and all those who love the music that moved. Since his debut with The Blackbirds, Stan has cultivated his passion, singing and doing the picking with a talent that should push Nashville, knocking on his door. "What would be even better (but that, a journalist from Boston is not obliged to know), this would be it Austin who knocks at his door.On the cover of Distilled Influences, there are 33 T of George Jones, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzel, the Outlaws (Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash), Tammy Wynette, etc.As long as Stan distil us such influences, we are taker!Alain Sanders
You don’t hear of many country artists emerging from Boston, let alone one with a love of traditional country.
Stan Martin’s new album Distilled Influences takes me not so far back, but far enough to remind me of the ground breaking sounds of a young Dwight Yoakam. The cover artwork says it all, his influences in full view. With sparse but full instrumentation, it’s refreshing music to hear. Stan’s Fender guitar leads the way through tunes in styles that range from Lefty to The Mavericks. Merle Haggard’s long-time fiddler Scott Joss joins Stan’s regular line-up to top it off . The classic country shuffle sound of Mr. Lonely Me to the driving 4/4 rocker He’s Not There With You will satisfy your appetite for good country music. Stan’s smooth vocals manage to make the classic but unique styles of country blend well. Stan has written every song and is doing his best to get some heart and direction back into Country Music.