While keeping one foot planted firmly in the roots of American music, Arkansas based singer/songwriter Brian Martin is forging a distinct path into its future as well. Interweaving old-time country blues and mountain folk music with southern soul, funk and gospel, Martin seamlessly creates a style that he simply refers to as "front porch soul." His burly voice and down home witty tales result in music that is both alluring and enduring for generations young and old.
Primarily performing as a solo artist since the early 2000’s, Martin released his debut album “No Rider” in 2011, a self described bare bones collection of intimate folk songs. He is also a founding member of Sad Daddy, a critically and commercially heralded string band based in the Ozark region and gaining traction well beyond. Since their 2010 inception, the band has released three studio albums and a live album, their most recent, “Way Up In The Hills,” debuting in 2022.
In addition to performing solo listening room concerts throughout the region, Martin has spent the last few years assembling “Brian Martin’s Mess,” featuring an all-star revolving cast of supporting musicians. Together, they are creating the soundscape for newer songs that thrive in a full band setting, as well as “thickening the sauce” on many older fan favorites. Along with “the Mess,” Martin is currently working up new material for his sophomore album, as well as preparing for an early spring studio session to begin work on Sad Daddy's fourth studio release.