KK Martin …

Written by on July 15, 2011 in News To Shout About! - Comments Off on KK Martin …

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“I am amazed at KK’s vocal range. His playing ability is above reproach…razor-sharp hooks and chops…I have always admired K.K.” BLUE MONDAY

“One of America’s true, blues traditional players….the man plays as clean as anyone I know…his performance on “Alligator Wine” ranks with any I have heard lately. His vocal chops have got to make you smile.” BLUEPOWER RADIO SHOW
“A genuine bluesman who believes in keeping it real… Martin can sing it up high or sing it down low; he’s full of spirit on each of the ten tracks here, and it makes a fine sequel to his winning program on Naked Blues.” SOUTHLAND BLUES
SoCal Delta Blues Guitarist Extraordinaire K.K. Martin Now Endorsed By Cream T Pickups; Being Featured Week Of July 16-23 On Nationally-Syndicated Radio Program, Blues Deluxe; Performing At Kern River Rock & Blues Festival October 1; Plus Great Reviews For Martin’s New “”Naked Blues Vol. IIBlues Vol. II” CD
*Big K.K. Martin Birthday Bash Extravaganza@Brix In Sunset Beach – Sunday, July 24th*
(SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA) – With a newly-minted endorsement from one of the world’s premier makers of guitar pickups; featured radio airplay on over 100 U.S. stations; headlining appearances at multiple festivals; and great review for his new CD, one would have to agree the Gods of the Blues are smiling on the fortunes of one K.K. Martin.
European-based Cream T Pickups, who are currently represented by the likes of ZZ Tops’ Billy Gibbons and Matt “Guitar” Murphy, will soon add the talented Martin to their “Signature Solo” roster of endorsers, thereby exposing the talented Delta Blues-style guitarist to a worldwide audience through the powerful distribution vehicle umbrella of ITunes. Airplay-wise, Martin’s track “No One Can Forgive Me” will be featured on the popular nationally-syndicated Blues Deluxe radio show airing July 16-23. Blues Deluxe is currently aired to over 100 terrestrial radio stations throughout the U.S. and internationally with a two-million plus listener-ship.
On the heels of Martin’s tour de force performance at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 2 where he wowed the crowd (“everybody ‘brought it’ to RBF2 but my choice for MVP of the day is K.K. Martin. This man lives to play the Blues,” raved Casey Reagan from American Blues News) – K.K. has been tapped to perform at the upcoming Kern River Rock & Blues Festival in the picturesque town of Kernville, Calif on September 30. Leading up to that, Martin will maintain a weekly Wednesday night in-house musical residency during the entire month of July at the Golden Sails in Long Beach; as well as a Birthday (Blues!) Bash at Brix in Sunset Beach on Sunday, July 24 (special 3 p.m. start time). There’s also a September 17 gig at one of SoCal’s premier concert venues, the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. This is clearly a man in demand!!
In April Martin presented “Blues For the Rising Sun,” a Long Beach-based Blues Relief Concert whose proceeds aided the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
Martin’s new CD, Naked Blues Vol. II has been released to critical acclaim. “A genuine
bluesman who believes in keeping it real…with his acoustic guitar on his knee and original songs to communicate with, he carries the torch of tradition and keeps it alive,” writes Jim Santella in SOUTHLAND BLUES. “Very adept acoustic guitarist that has put together a solid CD of traditional blues tunes…this CD is worth the listen. I think you’ll find it rewarding,” says B-Man in AMERICAN BLUES BLOG. “For Naked Blues Volume II, K.K. Martin is at the other end of the spectrum, because there is just him, his guitar, and a microphone, and thus his talent has to shine thru and shine thru brightly, and believe me, on this Album, is does all that and more,” opines John Vermilyea in BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK. “A modest, intimate recording that boasts all the virtues that are associated with the rustic, acoustic variety of blues music…as naked as they come,” asserts Brian Lush, host of ROCKWIRED Radio Show.
Watch an intimate live performance by K.K. Martin at the Coach House here:


K.K. Martin – Some 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,