Martha's Trouble

Martha's Trouble

 Auburn, Alabama, USA
BandFolk

“With its 10th album, ‘Anchor Tattoo,’ the Alabama-based husband-and-wife duo Martha’s Trouble continues to intensify the mystery as to why it remains a hidden gem.”
~ BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Biography

The clamor and shouting are over, yet they buzz in the eardrum like a lingering memory. Outside, couples still high on the music laugh and call out in the cool evening. But inside the mood fades. A bartender swipes a damp towel across shiny wood. A lone figure coils amplifier cords on stage. She hunches over a robin’s egg blue suitcase as she works, her platinum faux-hawk standing at attention. She is Jen Slocumb, a woman of one-thousand haircuts, a singer of a thousand songs, a dreamer of one thousand dreams, lead vocalist for the Alabama-based Martha’s Trouble. The crowd screamed for her.
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Founding band/soul mates Jen and Rob Slocumb met 15 years ago with a twist of fate inside a Houston, Texas, coffee shop where Jen worked booking bands. Rob was home to see his parents after a music venture fizzled. It started as a simple bond over music. Time led them to realize it was something much more. The two fell in love and were married. They continued to write and play music, building up enough of a repertoire to start producing albums and touring around the country and the world.
Their work has not gone unnoticed. Some of the most influential and well-respected music critics of our time have paid tribute to the duo. They have been listed and featured in Billboard Magazine, USA Today, AOL Music, XM Satellite Radio and Performing Songwriter. Their songs have received awards and have been featured in made-for-TV movies shown to national audiences, such as:

-"Some Peace Tonight" was used in an episode of Army Wives
- “Brighter From Here” was part of the soundtrack to the Lifetime Network’s made-for-TV movie “Playing House” (original air date May 15, 2006)
- “Some Peace tonight” featured in soundtrack for CBS made-for-TV movie “It Must Be Love.”
-Best Americana Album of the Year (Just Plain Folk Awards)
-Forget October Charts at #3 on XM Cafe's Nude Music Reviews, XM Satellite Radio
-Christmas Lights selected USA Today's Top Holiday Albums of the Year list.
-Cover of "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now" selected Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Cover Songs of the Year.

     And all of it is part of a dream that is still in the works. A dream that Jen and Rob keep on dreaming.  The duo now lives in Auburn, Ala. Not exactly where they pictured themselves, but they wouldn’t give it up. Jen, from Ontario, Canada, and Rob, from Nashville, TN, are sure they’re where they are supposed to be. Everything the couple has done has been in pursuit of a musical dream, one that, so far, has paid off.

“I think about the years we spent living in a van, traveling across the country and it’s hard to believe that we did that,” Jen said. “Now we have two children, a mortgage, bills, a dog … things that wouldn’t fit in the van. But those times help us remember what Martha’s Trouble means.”
      Martha’s Trouble comes from a story in the Bible about two sisters, Martha and Mary. Jesus came to see them one day. Martha was running around, trying to clean up and prepare food while Mary was hanging out at Jesus’ feet. The story says Martha was “troubled” because Mary wasn’t helping. The story, the duo says, is a reminder to stop and smell the roses, the idea of keeping an eye on the bigger picture and the important things in life.

Indie folk duo Martha’s Trouble has completed its album of lullabies for children entitled “A Little Heart Like You.”  Featuring 10 songs (see full track listing below), the album includes four original songs, four traditional songs, one “mash-up” (of “You Are So Beautiful” and Brahm’s Lullaby,” dubbed “Slocumb’s Lullaby”), and one song that includes three bedtime prayers put to music.  The duo created a very organic, acoustic record, utilizing soothing, calming instruments and repetitive beats (with only hand percussion such as djembe, cajon, kanjira, and frame drum) for a sound that is both feel-good and relaxing.

Says Jen of the album:  “Since we’ve been touring the country for years, I’ve had mothers come up to me all the time and say, ‘My child knows your voice,’ ‘We play your music for my children and it calms them down.’ We’ve been asked time and time again, ‘When are you going to do a children’s CD?’ Well, this is it.  These are the songs that we sing to our kids and have since they were babies.  The Martha’s Trouble lullaby album is a collection of music that works not only for babies, but for older children as well. In this busy world that our kids are growing up in, we all need a little peace and we hope that this music will bring a little of that to children at bedtime.”
 
The duo plans to embark on a summer tour in support of the new album (tour dates will be announced later this spring).  Martha’s Trouble most recently completed the “At Your House” concert tour in the fall of 2011, which saw them performing at house concerts ranging across the East Coast and Southeast.  The “At Your House” tour w

Lyrics

City Skyline

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

When I see the sunrise on this town
It’s going to be a perfect fall day
We’re all packed up and nothings left
Oh times have really changed

Waiting to leave this tiny space
It’s been my home now for a while
No looking back I’m leaving here with a suitcase and a smile

Close the door I want to feel
Drive away, away from here
‘Till I see the city skyline

Now that I finally have an answer
I will hold it close inside
And take that drive down Wilson Street
Cross the bridge I’ve crossed so many times

Close the door I want to feel
Drive away, away from here
‘Till I see the city skyline

Everyday I see something new
That’s the beauty of me and you
Letting go and losing all control

Close the door I want to feel
Drive away, away from here
‘Till I see the city skyline

Waverly

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

As I sit by the light of the moon
I’m reminded of the life that I knew
The good life they call it I guess
But I tired so quickly in my loneliness
And it’s me in Waverly tonight

Memories of the parties I threw
The champagne, I had more than a few
When the night ended I was alone
I could hear my own heart and it ached for a home
And I’m here in Waverly tonight

With some good friends who know who I am
We’ll escape by the bonfire we have on the land
And I’ll sleep on my front porch
Here in Waverly, where I found myself

My friends would say let’s go dirt road
And we’d drive for miles. It would never get old.
Like the promise I made to myself
On that day in the city when the world fell apart
And it’s real in Waverly tonight

With some good friends that know who I am
We’ll escape by the bonfire we have on the land
And I’ll sleep on my front porch
Here in Waverly where I found myself

Yes these good friends they know who I am
We’ll escape by the bonfire we have on the land
And I’ll sleep on my front porch
Here in Waverly where I found myself

Anchor Tattoo

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

The ink upon her skin had no black lines
just softer shades, pretty and fine
flowers in the middle, two stars green and blue
She got an anchor tattoo

Blackwatch skirt, ribbon in her hair
the daughter of a millionaire
country club, horses, lake house with a view
She got an anchor tattoo

Ooh, ooh

Old station wagon held all they own
the bank took it all 20 years ago
she packed up one suitcase like she was told to do
She got an anchor tattoo

Her kids tucked in at night, a bedtime kiss
a silent prayer, a painted wrist
reminds her of all that she holds true
She got an anchor tattoo
She's grounded in what is good and true
She got an anchor tattoo
Ooh, ooh
She got an anchor tattoo

I Saw An Angel

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

I am blowing out the candles
and I owe it all to you
willing and unselfish
not something anyone would do
not just anyone would do

I've been waiting for a long time
hoping I would find you soon
praying for an answer
what I was looking for was you
I was looking just for you

I saw an angel last night
he was sleeping by my side
I didn't know he's change my life
I am thankful
I saw an angel

I am smiling for the moment
you and all our friends are here
beautiful beginning
you gave me another year
not just another year

I saw an angel last night
he was sleeping by my side
I didn't know he's change my life
I am thankful

I saw an angel

I will never be able to say
I could never repay
the gift that you gave

I saw an angel last night
he was sleeping by my side
I didn't know he's change my life
I am thankful

I saw an angel
Yes, I am thankful
I saw an angel

Some Peace Tonight

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

Looking out the window at this blanket of snow,
At the peacefulness of this cold wonder
My body’s aching, but right next to you it’s warm, unlike the air out there this cold December.

I can’t sleep, for my mind is not at rest and I know there’s something stirring in my heart
Let me run and hide from the fear that is in me
My head is spinning and I need some peace tonight

Far away places keep me here in this daze
I can’t tell which way the wind is blowing
It won’t be long until the sun will appear and I can start all over in the morning

I can’t sleep, for my mind is not at rest and I know there’s something stirring in my heart
Let me run and hide from the fear that is in me
My head is spinning and I need some peace tonight

Goodnight Sweet Child

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

It's quiet out, the moon is sleeping
The stars take their place up in the sky
Now close your eyes, it's time for dreaming
As I sing to you this lullaby

Goodnight sweet child goodnight
You are Gods delight
So precious in His sight
Goodnight, goodnight

Goodnight sweet child goodnight
The angels take their flight
To watch over you tonight
Goodnight, goodnight

Dreamland has come and it is peaceful
It's where imaginations fly
These safe and loving arms that keep you
Will always be by your side

A Little Heart Like You

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

Let's count 1, 2, 3
Close your eyes and see
You will have sweet dreams
Now, goodnight

As this world is changing
The one thing that stays true
Is the love I have for
A little heart like you

4, 5, 6, 7, sheep
Count them as they leap
So you fall asleep
Now, goodnight

As this world is changing
The one thing that stays true
Is the love I have for
A little heart like you

Let's count 8, 9, 10
We are at the end
Then we'll start again
Now, goodnight

As this world is changing
The one thing that stays true
Is the love I have for
A little heart like you

Let's count 1, 2, 3
Close your eyes and see

Under A Pale Moon

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

Here we are
It’s just you and I trying to be the best we can
Holding on for one more time
Making the most of all we planned

I will run away
In your arms tonight
Where we fell in love under the stars
And we will see our names
Written in the sky
And we’ll dance under the pale moonlight

People said it wouldn’t last
It’s been five years and we’re still here
Don’t you know you can’t change the past
I wouldn’t change it if I could

I will run away
In your arms tonight
Where we fell in love under the stars
And we will see our names
Written in the sky
And we’ll dance under the pale moonlight

Let Me Stay

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

Sitting here with you talking over coffee
In this quiet cafe feels like we’re the only ones here
Your face is like an angel
I see my future in it and I get lost in your eyes
Please let me stay here a while

Let me stay here with you
For the things that you are and the things that you do
Let me stay here with you
And tell me you love me ‘cause I feel the same way too

Giving all I am just to have you near me
You make me feel like I’m flying
Please let me stay here a while

Let me stay here with you
For the things that you are and the things that you do
Let me stay here with you
And tell me you love me ‘cause I feel the same way too

And if the sun doesn’t shine in your world, you said, “I don’t know what I’ll do.”
Baby just hold on for another day cause I’m holding on to you

Let me stay here with you
For the things that you are and the things that you do
Let me stay here with you
And tell me you love me ‘cause I feel the same way too

She Hears A Train

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb

Wasting away so many days
Waiting for her ship to come in
She looks in the mirror and counts her teardrops
Each one that falls on her face

And she hears a train in the background of her mind
Saying roll on out of here, don’t ever look back

Tired of fighting she closes her eyes
And wishes she was somebody else
This horrible image of the person she thinks she is
Just won’t get out of her sight

But she hears a train in the background of her mind
Saying roll on out of here
Don’t ever look back

So she looks at the clock
Picks up a rock and throws it as far as she can
Time keeps on moving she just keeps feeling
She’s never getting out of this place

But she hears a train
In the background of her mind
Saying roll on out of here
Don’t ever look back

Yes she hears a train
In the background of her mind
Saying roll on out of here
Roll on out of here
Roll on out of here
Don’t ever look back

Discography

A Little Heart Like You (2012)
Anchor Tattoo (2011)
This Christmas (2009)
Ep (2008)
Forget October (2005)
Still (2003)
Sleeping Dogs (2002)
Christmas Lights (2002)
The Road Ahead (2000)
Tale of a Foreigner (1998)