Stan Martin - Wicked Heart (2001)
A guitar-slingin' sideman influenced by twangmeisters from James Burton to Clarence White to Albert Lee has brought Stan Martin his main notoriety on the Boston scene...
The CD-EP Wicked Heart marks his first dive into the solo ranks and while the Tele is as string-bending fine as ever, the recording affords an opportunity to make acquaintances with Stan Martin the singer and songwriter. Moving in tempo from country shuffle to ballad to charged-up countrified rocker, decent country songs, each and every one from the pen of Martin, is the primary order of business on Wicked Heart. All of five songs in length, Wicked Heart could be considered a bit of a tease that leaves you hankering for more from where this came from.
01 (I'm Still) Crazy Over You
02 Wicked Heart
03 Sad Man
04 All I Want Is To Satisfy You
05 Come On Back
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Stan Martin - Cigarettes & Cheap Whiskey 2007
STAN MARTIN is a quadruple threat. He writes great country songs, he sings like a real hillbilly, he plays the fire out of his telecaster and he produces everything with a radio friendly flair for detail." Billy Block -Western Beat Entertainment
STAN MARTIN's "Cigarettes and Cheap Whiskey" is a solid album of what country music has been, and will always be about, and that's song's of the heart.
Stan strikes a take no prisoners stance that lets you know that he likes his honky tonk to rock with songs like "(Walking on) The Wild Side of Life", "Thinking You're Wrong" and "I Got the Roadhouse Blues". Then in the next moment he gives you traditional songs of heartbreak such as "Not on Me" and "Forever Ended with You".
Although Stan wears his musical influences on his sleeve, his sound is never weary or rehashed.
Just listen to the Roy Orbison meets Johnny Cash influenced ballad "Don't Tell Me It's Over" or the Chris Isaak-like overtones of "Baby I'm Gone" and you know that his musical soul is as honest as they come.
Stan grew up in the inner city projects of South Boston, which may be an unlikely place for a future country songwriter and guitar player to get his start, but as Stan puts it, "there isn't any difference between growing up poor in a rural setting or in the city. Poor is poor." His mother's love of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and The Stanley Brothers, coupled with the fact the she too was a musician, fostered his love of the genre. His songwriting reflects that love and respect for a simple melody combined with honest lyrics.
01 (Walking On) The Wild Side Of Life
02 Crying Over You
03 Not On Me
04 Maybe Someday
05 Thinking You're Wrong
06 Honky Tonk Fever
07 Don't Tell Me It's Over
08 Because Of You
09 Baby I'm Gone
10 Forever Ended With You
11 I'm Leaving Town
12 I Got The Roadhouse Blues
Bitrate:mp3, 160 kbps Size: 51 MB
Stan Martin - Love Ain't That Tough 2009
Stan Martin returns with Love Ain’t That Tough featuring his usual triple threat attack as a soulful singer, blazing guitar player, and extraordinary songwriter. With twelve new original songs penned by Martin, Love Ain’t That Tough is a record that brings to mind Chris Isaak meeting Dwight Yoakam circa 1965 with a generous dose of Roy Orbison thrown in for good measure. The disc brings back the energy and attitude that made Los Angeles the hot bed of roots music when the scene there saw Los Lobos, X, Dwight Yoakam, and The Blasters incestuously re-writing the book.
But it is the songwriting that ultimately separates Love Ain’t That Tough from the rest of the country, alt-country, and retro-country scene. Tracks like the elegant country-soul-pop of "Blue, Blue Tears” and the deep and isconsolate country ballad "Whiskey Morning Sunrise” follow in the long tradition from Hank Williams to Waylon Jennings. Nashville DJ Billy Block (WKFD 103FM) had this to say after hearing the record; "Stan Martin continues to lead the pack as
one of the premier purveyors of highly original honky-tonk country music. His latest recording exhibits his flair for catchy melodies, memorable guitar hooks and radio friendly vocal delivery.”
Love Ain’t That Tough is a record that brings to mind Chris Isaak meeting Dwight Yoakam circa 1965 with a generous dose of Roy Orbison thrown in for good measure.
01 Blue Blue Tears
02 Love Ain't That Tough
03 Whiskey Morning Sunrise
04 Missing You Blues
05 A Working Man Ain't Working Out For Me
06 Last Night I Cried Over You
07 Hard Life
08 Are You Still Mine
09 Set Me Free
10 No Money
11 How To Let Go
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Stan Martin - Distilled Influences 2012
The album's title, Distilled Influences, rises from the term Martin uses to describe his sound. "All of my influences are distilled through me," he adds, "it's how I have evolved as an artist finally finding my own voice." Martin will no doubt have to fend off the comparisons to Dwight Yoakam and Chris lssak once again as the press for Distilled Influences starts to pour in but this album may prove different as the songs on Distilled Influences all have a uniquely Stan Martin sound while running through a gamut of traditional country flavorings
01 Should've Been Gone
02 Mr. Lonely Me
03 Goodbye Houston
04 He's Not There With You
05 I Do
06 Walk Away
07 You Got Me Singing The Blues
08 Right Now
09 Wanting For Love
10 You Let Me Down
Bitrate:mp3, 320 kbps Size: 58 MB