Carl Martin (musician)
|Born||April 1, 1906|
|Origin||Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States|
|Died||May 10, 1979
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
East Coast blues
|Instruments||Guitar, mandolin, violin, bass violin, vocals|
|Years active||1934-1979 (retired professionally in the 1960s)|
Martin was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States. He started making records with a number of groups including the Four Keys, the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, the Wandering Troubadours and as Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong.
Additionally he accompanied Chicago musicians such as Bumble Bee Slim and Tampa Red throughout the 1930s. His solo work recorded in the 1930s is also notable, songs such as "Crow Jane" and "Old Time Blues" feature his remarkable guitar accompaniment. From this decade onwards, Martin played regularly solo in the Chicago area, with his repertoire extending across blues, jazz, pop, country, and even non-English songs. He played second guitar behind Freddie Spruell, on the 1935 recording of the latter's song, "Let's Go Riding". The track later featured in the soundtrack of the 2001 film, Ghost World.
See also↑Jump back a section
- Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed September 2011
- 78 Quarterly, issue 2, page 41
- Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
- "Biography by Al Campbell". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- Steve Leggett. "Freddie Spruell". Allmusic. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
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