Rip Cat Records sign The Blasters, K.K. Martin

Written by on December 15, 2011 in News, Signings - 1 Comment

K.K. Martin Hands Photo

Rip Cat Records Announces Signing Of Seminal SoCal
Acts The Blasters, K.K.Martin

Rip Cat Records announces the signing of two iconic Southern California-based music
artists, The Blasters and K.K. Martin.

     The Blasters formed in Downey, California back in 1979 and, along with X, Black Flag, Red Hot
Chili Peppers and others, have been an integral part of the SoCal
underground/indie-rock scene since their formation. Led by brothers Phil and
Dave Alvin, the group originally signed
to much-loved indie label Slash Records in 1981 and were known as much for their
grueling touring schedule as their unique country-punk sound. Among the noted musicians that have
performed as members of the Blasters through the years: the dynamic saxophone
duo of Steve Berlin and Lee Allen; bassist John Bazz; the late Hollywood Fats
(a/k/a Michael Mann) and X’s Billy Zoom, Greg “Smoky” Hormel, James Intveld, and
current guitarist, Keith Wyatt; and drummers Billy Bateman, David Carrol and
current member, Jerry Angel. The Blasters were featured in the popular 1984 film
Streets Of Fire and placed two songs in the sound track, “One Bad Stud”
and “Blue Shadows.” The Blasters are currently in the studio recording a new
album for Rip Cat.
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 as well as with the band Roadside Revelers. His latest CD is “Naked
Blues Vol. II,” which will be re-released by Rip Cat.
Orange County-based Rip Cat Records is one of the quickest-growing independent labels
in Southern California, with a solid artist roster that includes guitarist Barry
Levenson; The 44’s, vocalist Lisa Cee; Johnny Mastro and Mamma’s Boys; Whiteboy
James & The Blues Express; John Marx; Little Barry G; The Mighty Mojo
Prophets; and Gino