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The best kept secret in music


The Martindales stand out amid P-town's vibrant bluetime/oldgrass scene with a little more Elvis than Bill Monroe in the band's rockin' approach to 'billy music...

...The Martindales focus on America's musical past, but only as far back as the classic beat-group sounds of the '50s and '60s. While their name gives a winking (ouch) nod to the immaculately cheesy game show host Wink Martindale, the band's recorded output reveals a retro sound that's transformed into a vehicle-albeit one with fuzzy dice still dangling from the rearview-for earnest, emotional songwriting (see last year's Downbeat at Eight). Lead singer Kevin Nettleingham's voice reveals not just tonal but soulful depth on slow-burning songs like "Drive," while the upbeat numbers suggest that this rockabilly quartet has found its rockin' stride..." - Willamette Week

"Well, now and then it's hard to stay modest, especially if you're as good as The Martindales. Four suave gentlemen dressed in neat custom suits with tie, a beautiful presskit and a good old-fashioned cover photo, you expect something different from that! And "that something different" hits hard. Apparently frontman Kevin Nettleingham didn't only observe The Stones and their chief Mick Jagger closely, his voice resembles the voice of the guy with the thick lips very much in the songs "Misery" and "Man In A House". But this group from the Portland/Vancouver-area keeps surprising. You can discover pop, deep Southern Swamp Rock, as well as real Americana Roots/Rock-songs on this second Martindales-album.

To make it even more complicated for me they decided to also add some Country with nice Duane Eddy-style riffs ("Say You Love Me"). The gentlemen let their guitars rock hard on "Me and My Baby", "Tonic", "Pretty Girl" and "She's the One" and Don Lawry pounds his drums like his life depended on it. They're not afraid to mix influences like Rock, Blues, Country, Americana and Southern Rock into their songs."

Francois Braeken
Music Reviewer - Rootstime - a Belgium eMagazine

"...good clean tight band. I love the production. It sounds like something out of the 60's when you could actually feel the soul. The rhythm section is very tight...the vocals were right on...I love the lead guitar. These boys have all the goods to deliver ..."

Rick Williamson
Nashville Songwriter
Kenny Chesney - Rick Williamson

"The Martindales have proven that they are masters of Americana rock"

Shane Watson
Music Reviewer
- The Edge

"...your version of "Dead Flowers" is fantastic -- 'bout time someone took that on and updated it a bit."

Corey duBrowa
Freelance music critic
Magnet, No Depression, The Oregonian - Corey duBrowa

"...I received your CD and enjoyed it tremendously. Many thanks for sending it this way. And I wish you all the success in the world with it and future CD's as well."

Wink Martindale
Disc Jockey, infamous game show host
The Music Of Your Life, Gambit, Tic Tac Dough, High Rollers and many more. - Wink Martindale


Introducing The Martindales
Downbeat at Eight
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Feeling a bit camera shy


The Martindales have been rocking the Northwest scene since 2000. With two critically acclaimed CDs
under their belts (Introducing the Martindales and Downbeat at Eight) and a steady stream of live dates,
The Martindales have cemented their reputation as one of the Portland/Vancouver area’s most talented
and entertaining live acts.

Their signature sound fuses rock, blues and country into guitar-driven pop songs that showcase each
member’s virtuosity. Kevin Nettleingham, a consummate showman, cracks wise between numbers
ut is all business when the band’s in full swing. His husky vocals, lanky demeanor, and solid guitar skills
make him a natural frontman. Lead guitarist Pete Lupi’s fretwork belies his cool exterior. This guy can
tear it up with the best of them, tossing off solos that leave the audience agape with wonder. Rhythm is
handled by the tandem efforts of Jake Rose and Don Lawry. Jake’s bass lines are delicate and precise,
displaying a complexity that betrays his jazz and blues roots. Don’s steady percussion demonstrates a
muted flair that’s impressive without being showy, much like Ringo Starr, after whose drum kit Don
patterned his own.

Their stage presence is an integral part of the act, and it’s unlikely a more dapper band exists in the
region. You’ll never catch a Martindale onstage without his trusty suit. Their look functions as both a
nod to the past and a break from the torn jeans and t-shirt uniform preferred by most other pop

The Martindales have performed at some of the area’s hottest venues, including The Green Room,
The Ash Street Saloon, Bacchus, Noir, Duff’s Garage, the Mt. Tabor Pub, Jimmy Mak’s, The White Eagle
and Saturday Market. For two years running, they have participated in Musicfest Northwest, an annual
festival that takes over most Portland venues for a weekend in September and highlights the region’s
best talent.