Nashville Session Ace
«I don’t use my old Tele anymore the V52 is just better sounding not to mention feeling infinitely more comfortable, the Wilkinson components and touch just make a really good instrument even better»
Kentucky born and bred, Martin made a name for himself during his five years of playing guitar and singing lead vocals with the country/pop super group Exile. After a successful run of hits, Exile stopped touring in the mid-90s, lending Martin time to focus on some of his other passions—writing, producing, and engineering in his recording studio. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he enjoyed several tours on the road, playing both steel guitar and keyboards for Kathy Mattea, bass guitar and steel for the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, bass for Steve Wariner, and even sang as one of the Oak Ridge Boys prior to William Lee Golden’s return to the line-up in the mid-90s.
Martin delved into writing and recording a wide range of projects, including composing national & regional commercial jingles, writing/producing music libraries and instrumentals that have been featured in national and international television spots and programs, recording album projects for acclaimed major-label and independent recording artists, and singing and playing on numerous recordings from country, rock, pop, bluegrass, gospel, and more.
Martin and his wife Jamie also started raising their family. Watching their 4 children all share their parents’ passion for music has been a thrill beyond Martin’s imagination. Martin’s goals have always been to be a successful artist, performer, songwriter, producer and engineer—and most importantly a great husband and father.
After years of focused studio time, Martin got the call from Marty Stuart, asking him to join the Fabulous Superlatives.
“Marty said, ‘You’ve spent the last 10 years being a great father and husband, and now it’s time for the world to enjoy that God-given talent of yours again.’ I just laughed and said, ‘Well, alright then; time for the next chapter!”
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