Courtney Marie Andrews is an American singer/songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 17, Courtney released her first album. From there she took the musician life by the reins, touring all over the world, by Greyhound Bus, train, and her station wagon. Between her observant lyrics, unique guitar playing, and classic angelic voice, she has created a sound all her own. After several releases and tours she made her way up to Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives.
Jeffrey Martin likes to say that some of his earliest memories are of his dad’s old tapes, all kept in a ragged leather travel case. He would thumb through them in the backseat, and then hand the chosen ones forward; Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Neil Young, Graham Nash. He’d watch as his dad was moved by the power of word and sound, as he would rewind certain sections of songs to be heard again and again.
His dad was a pastor, a lyricist of sorts, and his grandfather was a life-long English professor. His mom encouraged him to learn to play the cello in 6th grade. For Jeffrey, music and words were suspended in tension from a very young age, not yet intermingling, but humming with energy to do so.
There was the day Jeffrey’s uncle gave him an old dreadnaught with a split down the face. It had been bought many years before, promptly broken, repaired, and then put away where is sat aging to perfection while nearly forgotten. Jeffrey disappeared into his bedroom and hunched over the radio, where with his softest touch he began to pick out the notes that fit. He didn’t reemerge from his bedroom for a year. Jeffrey has written every one of his songs on that old guitar and it is still the only guitar he plays today.
Martin’s inspiration comes in broad shapes and colors, not limited to music alone. On writing, Jeffrey had this to say, “Holden Caulfield makes me want to walk around in the cold and smoke cigarettes and get raw, and Neil Young makes want to grow old and gentle, and E.E. Cummings makes me want be more joyful. There are words filled with power, and those without; whether they are in song form or not matters very little. I want my words to make people want to do things. Jeffrey Martin’s music has been compared to songwriters like Josh Ritter and Joe Pug. “I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”
In 2012 Jeffrey Martin was selected to perform at the NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest in New York City. Since then he has gone on to tour nationally, and perform at numerous folk festivals (most notably Kerrville Folk Festival in 2014.) His songwriting has earned him opening slots for the likes of Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, Frank Fairfield, Joe Pug, Jeffrey Foucault, David Wilcox, and others.
Jeffrey Martin has recently partnered with Fluff and Gravy Records in Portland, OR, and is releasing a full length album with them on August 19. The album, entitled Dogs in the Daylight, is an ambitious 15-track collection that is full of weight and intricacy. While the new album is bigger than his previous self-released albums, complete with piano, bass, fiddle, drums, and even trumpet, the songs are still largely carried by Jeffrey’s voice and the sincerity of this songwriting – the very qualities that separate him from his peers.
Dogs in the Daylight will be released on August 19, 2014 on cd and digital formats. Jeffrey will be touring through 2014 in support of the record.