At a time when so many of today's so-called Blues musicians are playing rock and calling it Blues, K.K. Martin proudly bucks that trend. The longtime Orange County-based musician is set to release NAKED BLUES VOLUME II with a Headlining CD Release Party scheduled for Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, Friday, January 21; 8 p.m.; $10.; (626) 447-9349; www.arcadiabluesclub.com.
Martin has just been announced as a Main Stage Act at Real Blues Festival Of Orange County 2, taking place May 15 in Santa Ana at The Olde Ship British Pub.
"The Crossroads are the best metaphor I can give for what continues to draw me to the Blues," says Martin, a fourth-generation Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist born in West Monroe, Louisiana. "At every major turning point in my life, the music has continued to inspire, nourish, and sustain. While I feel NAKED BLUES VOL. I was very much a homage to the traditinal Delta Blues that inspired me in my youth, NAKED BLUES VOLUME II comes after another decade of living the life. Since the release of Volume 1, I have been privileged to work with many fine musicians in several genres, as any working musician must. I again find myself at the Crossroads...with this album, I wanted to explore the connection between Traditional and more modern Blues Artists, as well as the grittier side of Life. All have been an inspiration. I hope (you) enjoy listening to these songs as much as I have playing them."
A Brief Synopsis Of The Ten Tracks On NAKED BLUES VOLUME II
Alligator Wine: "All about the Voodoo! Just love how swamp-y this song is! Big props to Screamin' Jay."
Too Much Alcohol: "A tribute to the great Rory Gallagher."
No One Can Forgive Me: "Because your baby is the only one you want forgiveness from! Tom Waits - the Master Wordsmith."
Dallas: "A True Hero! Johnny Winter. As responsible for bringing the Blues to young rockers as anyone I can think of."
Slow Motion Daddy: "Gary Davis - a true Modern Blues Master."
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean: "No one gets out alive."
Rattlesnake Shake: "A tribute to the great Peter Greene. People forget that Fleetwood Mac was at one time a great Blues band."
Gin Soaked Boy: "Betrayal just pisses you off. As Mr. Waits once said, 'I've got my own Double Cross to bear.'"
Your Darkest Hour: "The album needed a love song."
Parish Blues: "My arrangement of a piece my grandmother used to play, Rest her Soul."
KK Martin - Background
K.K. Martin was a founding member, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for 80's-era band A La Carte. The group gained considerable renown as one of the most in-demand groups on the then-vibrant Sunset Strip music scene. Exposed in the womb to the music of Jimmie Rodgers. Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, he began touring with his parents at age 10. K.K. was transplanted to California in 1969 and cut his teeth on the local L.A. rock scene at age 16, landing a brief stint with the Albert Collins backup band.
Martin has performed with a Who's-Who in the music business including Eric Burdon, Booker T, Rick Derringer, Johnny Winters, Blondie, and currently, Lester Chambers of famed R&B/Soul group The Chambers Brothers.
K.K. was a recipient of "Outstanding Blues Artist" at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards in 1999. In the last decade, Louisiana native Martin has reconnected with his Blues roots. He toured with Lester Chambers of the 60's Chambers Brothers fame, recording a project with Lester called "Blues for Sale".
Martin has continued to play extensively throughout L.A. and Orange County as a solo act, recently performing at the First Annual Real Blues Festival of Orange County this past October. Most recently, Martin recently performed and was interviewed on Hollywood TV show Actors E Chat, where he is presently in the show's Top Ten Favorites list (click on link to watch segment). Moving forward, K.K. is the Featured Artist on American Veterans Radio the week of February 13-20, 2011. K.K. Martin plays the Blues as it was meant to be heard; a man, a microphone and a guitar.
K.K. MARTIN - UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ITINERARY
Jan. 21 (Fri.) ARCADIA BLUES CLUB Arcadia, CA
Feb. 13 (Sun.) AMERICAN VETERANS RADIO World Wide Web
Feb. 19 (Sat.) THE MINT* Los Angeles, CA
May 15 (Sun.) REAL BLUES FESTIVAL 2 Santa Ana, CA *Tentative