Fresh from a whirlwind trip to music city Nashville, Tennessee, collaborating with hit songwriter Jill Colucci and experiencing country music’s roots first hand, Joe Martin announces his arrival with the release of his debut EP ‘Small World’, affirming him as the one to watch in the blooming Country & Americana UK music scene.
After performing and releasing his debut solo EP at Nashville’s pre-eminent Bluebird Cafe, Joe Martin has won over audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his Americana/Country-tinged five track EP ‘Small World’. The effortlessly organic EP encompasses the perfect mixture of fact and fiction from Joe’s own experiences of west-coast America as well as the reveries of places he has yet to visit.
It comes as no surprise that Joe has converted the likes of Steve Leslie to a fan. After seeing Joe perform at the Bluebird Café, the legendary hit songwriter Leslie invited Joe to write with him on his next visit to the country music hub in Tennessee. Martin has also seen his music land him in the presence of his hero in John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The Grammy Award-winning White pulled out all the stops to give Joe a personal tour of the famous Muscle Shoals studio.
The rapid rise of Joe Martin has caught the attention of BBC2 Country music talisman Bob Harris, who has spun Martin’s song ‘The You You’re Gonna Be’, written in collaboration with Luke Yates and Kailey Swanson. Martin, with his band, has previously supported Country duos The Shires and Ward Thomas as part of their UK tours. With appearances at Country to Country, The Great British Folk Festival, High and Lonesome Festival and Underneath the Stars Festival, it’s clear to see why the UK should claim ownership over the future Country music icon before the Americans pinch him for themselves.
Martin allows his warm vocals and honest lyrics to shine, becoming the focal point of his artistry and songwriting. Adding double bass and pedal steel guitar to create a subtle, yet welcomed sonic soundscape, the songsmith weaves waves of warmth and melancholy to craft his unique blend of poetic and musical imagery. Recorded at Eve Studios, Manchester, ‘Small World’ is bound to strike the right chord with listeners both at home and stateside.