Update, and Thank You All.
January 5th, 2014
Well, it’s been a rough couple of years, with illness in the family that has taken me away from playing, writing, and performing. I try to keep in touch with as many people as I can via social media, but not as often as I’d like to. I’d like to give a big thanks to those of you who’ve given me such great feedback on the CD, and for your support through difficult times. I look forward to, one day, soon, getting back in the saddle again.
WALTER RAY – ATLANTA, 2010.
March 8th, 2011
Sometimes, when you’re on the road at night, nothing but the southern stars and the white lines to keep you company, you just wanna see another face while you get rid of your thirst.
Up ahead, you see a weathered old road house on the border and stop in for a couple o’ cold ones. Over in the corner, there’s a band you’ve never heard of playing songs that sound like you should’ve known ‘em all your life. Who the hell is that singer? I can’t figure out if he’s from Texas or Tennessee, but he sure is layin’ down some mean country and blues.
Meet my new friend Philip Martin. He rocks. That’s all.
CD Review. Nashlantafayette.
February 10th, 2011
Review. Rhythms Magazine. December 2010.
…..You can hear why American southerners fall in love with Australian singer-songwriter Philip Martin. He sounds like he was born and bred there, his love of country, blues and Cajun/Louisiana rhythms shines through his music. One of those strong, unhurried, gentlemanly crooners who seems able to occupy the spotlight in any song without apparent effort. Martin managed to tee up some recording time, and a bunch of willing and able US players (including Allison Moorer guitarist Joe McMahan and CC Adcock’s brother Eric Adcock) to document 12 of his own compositions.
The title of the album comes from the three studios it was recorded at – Nashville, Atlanta, and Lafayette. You can’t fault the production and the playing and though Martin is deliberately exploring well-worn paths, his writing is generally strong enough to exhibit originality. Oh, and he’s no slouch on the harmonica either !
Local Radio support from STA-91.9 FM
October 24th, 2010
Thanks to Rob at STA-91.9 FM, for adding me to the rotation, and a nice on air chat about the CD, I appreciate your support!
SSG and Congratulations to Levi !
October 19th, 2010
Well, hit the ground running when we got back, and still haven’t stopped. Phone calls , meetings, mail-outs etc etc, things just never seem to stop.
Firstly CONGRATULATIONS to Levi Lowrey, an awesome musician and one of natures gentlemen, joining Cadillac Sky after front man Bryan announced his departure. I know they are one of his favorite bands, he’s going to be even busier now. I’m so lucky I got to work with him when I did, and have him as a part of the CD, it’s a real honour.
Sailing Southern Ground: one of the biggest highlights of the trip was the impromptu Bluegrass Circle with infamous Guerilla Grass aficionado’s, Adam, Zach, Max and Chris from Oakhurst, David from Cadillac Sky, and little old me. Started in an elevator (trad guerilla grass tactics) moved over to another elevator and then to the Casino where from around 3-4:30 am things expanded to include Levi Lowrey, Casey Driessen, Zac brown and Oliver Wood. Tunes were called, songs were sung, solo’s were solo’d, harmonies rang forth. Those who were lucky enough (or drunk enough to be in the Casino at 3 am) really saw something special.
That was probably the high-point of many great moments; playing with Oakhurst on a couple of occasions, foyer stage and promenade, always a blast; sitting in with Sonia Leigh and her band on the last night, in front of a great crowd. Sonia deciding to have a “Harp off” with Danny McAdams, Walter Ray and myself all taking spots to solo throughout the number; getting up to play with Eric Dodd from Atlanta, diggin’ his tunes and getting to play “horn section” with Deniz Felder, while Brian Fechino did what he does so well on guitar.
We met too many great people to mention all of you, got to catch up with some we haven’t seen since Cayamo 2009, and actually getting to meet, face to face, many of our friends from facebook, and finding out they are even cooler in real life! Didn’t think that was possible. To everyone who made it such a great experience, the bands, the passengers, the Sixthman staff , Zac Brown and zamily (special mention to Chef Rusty, you rock!!) a great big THANK YOU !!
Back Home Again.
September 22nd, 2010
After a month on the road it’s good to be home again. What an awesome trip, the music on Zac Brown’s Sailing Southern Ground cruise was absolutely awesome, got to play with some great players, and meet a ton of talented musicians, and a few new old friends. Highlights will follow as soon as my head stops spinning, and the ground stops moving under my feet. The Americana music conference in Nashville was a blast too. Attended the sounds Australia showcase, some select gigs, met some really cool people and made some nice connections. Also managed to find some gems to add to the music collection.
KBON FM 101.1 keeps on keeping on.
August 5th, 2010
just heard from Paul Marx at Louisiana’s own KBON 101.1 FM, they have now added a third track “Another Bottle” from the CD to their playlist, great news thanks Paul !! Mmmmm I can feel some gumbo comin’ on, gotta get back as soon as we can, time spent there does a body good.
“Boogie On The Bayou” 08/08
August 5th, 2010
Tune in Sunday 08/08, 4-6pm CT, to the awesome “Boogie On The Bayou” show on “Radio Free Nashville” to hear a little music from “Nashlantafayette”. Big thanks to Turtle Kientz, it’s an honour to be a part of the great music you play !!
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A little something in “The Alternate Root” magazine.
August 3rd, 2010
I had the pleasure of chatting to Danny McClosky from “The Alternate Root” magazine, part of the conversation has made it in to the “Pulling Up The Roots” features section. If you haven’t seen the magazine yet do yourselves a favour and check it out. They’ve been “Serving the online Roots Americana music community since 2007″ (to quote the website)and are an awesome read. To have something published in company with the great artists they write about is very humbling indeed.
You can check it out at; http://www.thealternateroot.com/features/pulling-up-the-roots