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Thomas Martin offered up his version of alt. country with originals and a few covers that showcased his expressive musical vibe. Tom's played at Buddies in the past. He's kind of like the secret weapon when it comes to opening a show or being the headliner. He has a slew of awesome originals, or he can perform a covers set that ranges from the obvious to the obscure. His cover of Merle Haggard's "Back to the Bar Rooms" was like a reality check. His somber rendition was Haggard-worthy! One of Tom's originals, "Never Saw the Light," was strikingly personal. It's basically about not being able to see the "forest for the trees," but his delivery is fresh and somber. "She's Electric" sounded like something out of Richard Thompson's songbook. Tom's original is packed with quality lyrics and a rich, full sound. Great set by Thomas Martin.

Phil Rainone
Jerseybeat.com
- jerseybeat.com


Electro-Magnetic has great tunes - a good dose of old-fashioned rock and roll and Americana. I thoroughly enjoyed it. She's Electric is an outstanding song; Love Her Like Crazy is my favorite.

Dan Herman, Radio Crystal Blue - radiocrystalblue.com


Martin's "The Flower's Fall" is a must-have collection. His gentle, bittersweet muse includes comfortable, well-worn folk, country and bluegrass influences on eleven extremely well-written alt.dot tracks. - Al Muzer, The Aquarian Weekly


"The Flowers Fall" is well done, especially "She's A Millionaire," a decidedly unromantic love song. - NJ Coast


Martin's five-song Christmas EP features him on guitar and mandolin on such folksy, fireside originals as "Christmastime is Here Again," "This Christmas" and the outstanding "Snow on the Rooftop." - The East Coast Rocker


"...thoroughly enjoyed the basic honest quality of the songwriting and recording performance." - Rockland World Radio


"...helps fulfill the promises made by The Byrds and other country-rock pioneers." - IndieMusic.com


Discography

Electro-Magnetic (2006)
Under The Sun (2004)
The Flowers Fall (2000)

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Thomas Martin is a New Jersey-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose original songs deliver fresh elements of country, folk, pop, and bluegrass. Since 2000, he has put out three independent CDs: The Flowers Fall, Under the Sun, and Electro-Magnetic. All are sold on CDBaby, iTunes, and SNOCAP.

One of his songs, She's A Millionaire, was featured on National Public Radio's Open Mic podcast. New Jersey's Courier News also featured Thomas on its Acoustic Cafe.

Martin's songs have been broadcast on local internet radio programs such as BlowUpRadio.com and UpstageRadio.com (now ThePenguinRocks.com).

Thomas has recently teamed up with Jeanne O'Neill, a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter also from New Jersey. They perform original and cover material steeped in the great duet tradition of 1950's and 60's classic country music. Pulling in elements of Americana, folk, and pop, the duo are winning over audiences as they begin to perform in public.

Thomas is originally from Rockland County in New York State. He spent time living in Nashville where he honed his songwriting and sharpened his guitar playing. He now resides in Monmouth County in New Jersey.

His fans voted him in to the top spot for an internet-radio airplay contest (radiocrystalblue.com), which aired on August 27, 2006. BlowUpRadio.com put Martin's Electro-Magnetic in its Top 20 for 2006.