We’re delighted to bring you an exclusive first-listen of the new EP from Joe Martin, Bound For Lonesome!
Written during the course of his most recent trip to Nashville in 2018, these new songs are evidence of Joe’s development as an artist. While simultaneously daunting and inspiring, Joe fully immersed himself in the infectious energy of Music City, playing writers’ rounds, joining co-writes and challenging himself to explore new ideas and approaches in his music.
Recorded live with The Chorlton Country Club, with stunning backing vocals from Lauren Housley and effortless pedal steel from C J Hilman (Billy Bragg, Yola), each song on the EP has a raw and energetic quality. Intentionally setting out to not overthink every nuance, the production follows the lead of Nashville producer Dave Cobb and captures the honest authenticity of Joe’s songwriting which is so prominent in his live performance.
“I wanted every track on this EP to sound truthful and honest. When I perform live, I always mean every word I sing, and people pick up on that, it’s harder to convey that on a record, but the live process of recording helps. I’m very lyric focused, and want people to find the layers in the story and to go deeper with every listen. I want it to grow on people, and make them want to come back to it again and again.”
The past year has been tough on all musicians and like his peers, Joe has desperately missed performing live and connecting with his audience. During this period he has channelled his creativity into producing a new music project, A World United In Music, raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Recording a collection of collaborative albums, Joe has worked in the studio with some industry legends including Steve Cropper (co-writer, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), Bev Bevan (Electric Light Orchestra), and Albert Lee (The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless).