Alex Martin

Alex Martin

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandBluesSoul

Exciting and engaging both as a solo performer or with his new trio existing of Los Angeles session players Gerry Mattei (Keys) and Tony Hampton (Drums), LA transplant Alex Martin is quickly winning over audiences and critics everywhere his soulful blues based music music takes him.

Biography

"At the advanced age of 21, Alex Martin is a seasoned vet with a world-weary voice and a heart-breaking guitar." -Angela Jossy, The Weekly Volcano, July 12, 2007.

Alex is elated to be nearing completion of his pending debut album, a diverse mix of original soul, gospel, blues, merengue and bachata. It is a sound that Alex has, at the ripe old age of 26, been slowly conceiving over years spent touring everywhere from Alaska to Bogotá, Colombia, and all places in between. “I love experimenting with different rhythms and am constantly searching out new music. I wanted to create an album that I would enjoy listening to and to push myself to do justice to each style while putting something of myself into them.”

It’s clear that Alex delves deep into whatever style catches his ear, with influences ranging from the delta blues of Robert Johnson, to the Memphis soul of Otis Redding and Stax, to neo-soul singers like Anthony Hamilton and latin artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, a fellow Berklee College of Music alumnus. “The music we listen to and enjoy reflects our culture and experiences. I’ve lived a lot of places and like many people these days I’m a mix of everything I’ve come into contact with.”

The result is an impressive collection of 12 songs that Alex wrote after recently relocating to Los Angeles from Boston. Although he arrived in California practically broke with no place to live, he hit the ground running and soon assembled a group of seasoned Los Angeles session musicians. While he mapped the songs out on his computer in his living room, programming all the drums and recording guitar, bass and vocals, his group began rehearsing and Alex’s vision slowly began to take shape. A long time coming, this will be Alex’s first professionally recorded release.

Exciting and engaging both as a solo performer and with a full band, Alex has been touring off and on since his late teens. Armed with his gritty yet supple vocals and funky, soaring guitar solos, at this point he has shared the stages of festivals and clubs with many of his heroes from the worlds of Blues, Soul, R&B and World Music, including Grammy winners David Honeyboy Edwards, Michael Doucet (BeauSoleil), Canned Heat, and Terry Evans of Ry Cooder fame.

Along the way, his playing and singing gained him a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where his insatiable appetite for new music was fed an increasingly diverse diet of Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and African styles.

Alex alternates between his Gibson, National Resophonic, and Martin guitars.

Alex Has Shared the Stage With:
Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Tinsley Ellis, Michael Doucet (Beausoleil), Canned Heat, Trombone Shorty, Terry Evans, Randy Oxford, Alpha YaYa Diallo, Lil’ Dave Thompson, Carolyn Wonderland, Terry Robb, Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies, Lauren Sheehan, Matt Anderson, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Nicole Fournier, Little Bill & the Blue Notes, Billy Stoops and Junkyard Jane, Del Rey, Steve James, Lurrie Bell Band, Sonny Rhodes, Sir Mack Rice, Chicago Bob Nelson, Dennis Brennan and many more…

Festivals and Fairs:
* Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival- Portland, OR * Boston Blues Festival- Boston, MA * Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival- Electric City, WA * Rock Cut Blues Festival- Kettle Falls, WA * Tacoma Old Town Blues Festival- Tacoma, WA * Relay For Life-Cancer Tunes For a Cure- Mineral Lake, WA * Alaska Oceans Festival- Anchorage, AK * Girdwood Forest Fair- Girdwood, AK * Alaska State Fair- Palmer, AK * Houston Founders Day- Houston, AK * Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival- Seldovia, AK * AWAIC Summer Solstice Festival- Anchorage, AK

Venues:
Humpy's Bar and Grill- Anchorage, AK * Blues Central- Anchorage, AK * Borders Books and Music- Anchorage, AK * Snowgoose Restaurant and Brewery- Anchorage, AK * The Peanut Farm- Anchorage, AK * Hot Licks- Anchorage, AK * UAA Student Union Cafeteria- Anchorage, AK * Café Felix- Anchorage, AK * Taproot Cafe- Anchorage, AK * ADP Outdoor Coffeehouse series- Anchorage, AK * ADP Concert & Cultural Series- Anchorage, AK * Anchorage Market- Anchorage, AK * The Down East Saloon- Homer, AK * Brown Bear Saloon- Indian, AK * Rendezvous Bar- Kodiak, AK * Jitters Coffeehouse- Palmer, AK * Yukon Bar- Seward, AK * Fairview Inn- Talkeetna, AK * Great Bear Brewing Company- Wasilla, AK * Schwabenhof- Wasilla, AK * Hermann’s Jazz Club- Victoria, British Columbia * Ska Brewery- Durango, CO * Millwood Junction- Mancos, CO * Crab’s Centro de Rock, Arte y Blues- Bogotá, Colombia * Korner Pocket Bar and Grill- Kealakekua, HI * Mixx Bistro Bar- Kailua Kona, HI * Music of the Vine- Caldwell, ID * Crusty’s Pizza- McCall, ID * Forester’s- McCall, ID * Guitar Night Jazz and Blues, Berklee Performance Center- Boston, MA * Hatch Shell- Boston, MA * Dodge Street Bar and Grill- Salem,

Set List

1 to 3 sets, 45-60 minutes each