Clory Martin
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Clory Martin

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States
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I sat to the side of the stage next to two young-looking guys with matching buzz cuts. “You’re going to like this band,” one said to me. I smiled and nodded but thought, “Am I?

Because I’m a strictly into indie pop ... well, plus maybe the occasional apocalyptic neo folk album as a guilty pleasure

Though Runaway Sun certainly wasn’t indie pop, frontman Andrew Karnavas won me over with his weathered, bluesy voice and songs chronicling a life of whiskey and heartache. Daniel de Luna’s explosive guitar work had the heat of a sultry summer kiss, and a wa-wa pedal added sad longing to his intricate solos. Brian del Castillo played warm bass and Marshall West kept time with jazzy drum beats.

All combined for a decidedly sexy sound. Perhaps the highlight of their set was Clory Martin. A petite brunette with hair piled in a bun took the stage and belted out the soulful “Sweetheart.” The awed crowd stayed silent except for one stunned man who shook his head and whispered, “That girl, my God she’s good.” - CultureMap Houston, Jennifer Patterson


Last Concert Cafe is one of the city's last bastions of roots and jam rock, and since 1949 it has been serving some of the best Mexican food in town as well. Each night of the week, just yards from I-10, you will find someone out on the back patio strumming a guitar or holding court on the venue's large backyard stage. During happy hour, you can snag $2.50 margaritas and $2 Shiner Bocks. Lately Wednesday nights have been graced by local singer-songwriter Clory Martin, who is a frequent collaborator with Runaway Sun's Andrew Karnavas. - Houston Press


The granddaddy of the bunch, Last Concert Café not only has amazing Mexican food in front, but two stages out back for music. Wednesday nights Clory Martin has been holding down the fort starting at 7 p.m. She is a frequent collaborator with Runaway Sun's Andrew Karnavas at some acoustic duo shows they put down around town. Imagine a smokier Norah Jones and you get the idea. - Houston Press, Craig Hlavaty


Discography

Featured vocals on Runaway Sun's album The Bridge

Summer Spent EP Release Date Set for Tuesday, December 14th 2010

Summer Spent EP Release Party at Rudyards in Houston on Friday, December 17th 2010

KPFT 90.1FM - RadioActive, Night Sounds and Wide Open Spaces programs

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Originally from Austin, Texas, Clory Martin is a singer songwriter based out of Houston, Texas. Clory Martin grew up singing in choirs and playing piano, but began writing songs and playing guitar years later during college. Her simple chord progressions blend with her strong alto voice and come forth as indie-folk with a bluesy feel -- "a smokier Norah Jones," as Press Assistant Music Editor Craig Hlavaty once wrote. She cites her strongest musical influences as: Bob Dylan, Cat Power, Ray Lamontagne and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Martin has been spending her Wednesday nights at Last Concert Cafe (opening for jam band institution Potroast), and her debut album, Summer Spent, was released in December 2010.

She has collaborated with Houston’s Andrew Karnavas, front man of blues rock americana band, Runaway Sun, and is featured on their album, The Bridge. Clory Martin was nominated in four categories during the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards: Best Female Vocals, Best Songwriter, Best Folk, Best Song.

Clory Martin was featured as Houston artist of the week November 15, 2011: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2011/11/artist_of_the_week_clory_marti.php

Performance highlights include opening for the Heartless Bastards at Houston’s Warehouse Live in February 2010, performing at House of Blues for the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase and at Austin’s SXSW 2012 Unofficial showcases: Taos by Southwest and Invasion of the GoGirls.

Clory Martin has built up her songs with a 5 man band including her twin sister Beth Martin (vocals), Cash (bass), Ryan Galbraith (drums) and David Odea (lead guitar).