Born in London and raised in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter/poet Terence Martin moved East in 1997 to become part of the flourishing NY acoustic music scene. His musical background includes performing as a double bassist in the Burbank Symphony and in several touring rock bands. Also a published poet, his poetry is included in the anthology, “Four Valley Poets.”
Terence has just released his 5th independent CD, Even Trade, on the Good Dog Music label. The new collection of 12 original songs features the artist’s most personal and ambitious work to date, sophisticated and spiritual in tone, with roots in folk, Americana and pop. Seven of the songs were written with long time collaborator, Gregory Hicks. From themes of freedom vs responsibility and revisiting the past, to loves lost and found, the new release joins a finely crafted body of work, rich with poetic imagery and stellar musicianship
Even Trade was produced by Terence and Dennis Hrbek and features performances by Jim Allyn on mandolin, guitar & accordion, Clifford Carter on piano, Rick Gedney on guitar and Dan Bonis on slide guitar, Brian Nesgoda on drums, Amy Berkson on harmony vocals and Gordon Roehrer & Joe Dochtermann on bass
Terence’s previous CDs, Lost Hills, Sleeper, Waterproof & his debut, Division Street have all received national radio airplay & excellent reviews. "Familiar Mysteries”, a song from Waterproof, was selected for the title track on the second CD from the Garland Appeal, the charity for breast cancer research started in memory of Linda McCartney and sanctioned by her husband Paul McCartney
Terence has shared the stage with an impressive line-up of national acts, including Rosanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Christine Lavin, Dar Williams, and Richie Havens. He’s performed on the Most Wanted Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, been a New Folk winner at the NJ Folk Festival a finalist in the 2006 Mountain Stage New Song Contest, received honorable mention in the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for “East of the River” and performed at the 2006 Boston Folk Festival.
"Terence Martin claims Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, and Bruce Cockburn as some of his songwriting heroes - with good reason. Maybe he should add Ernest Hemingway, too. He shares with them a clarity of expression, a sense of place, and a gift for the telling phrase. His new CD 'Even Trade' is another display of his mastery." (John Platt, WFUV Radio)
“ …a brilliantly produced, finely crafted album.” ( Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live in NY)
“In a career studded with solid craftsmanship and one fine album after another, Terence Martin has produced a masterpiece. His use of metaphor and symbol are as finely writ as any serious novelist and stand on a peer footing with the work of Neil Young or Bob Dylan. (John Hammel, Homegrown Radio)
"Terence Martin belongs in the foremost pantheon of contemporary singer songwriters.” (Sing Out magazine
“Martin is a poet in the greatest sense of the word.” (Singer & Musician magazine
“An extraordinarily skillful writer whose powerful songs are impossible to forget.
(Charlie Backfish ,WUSB radiowww.martinsongs.com
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