Martin Guitars Releases My Favorite Martin Album Print
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 00:47
World renowned acoustic guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co and Grammy-award winning Solid Air Records are proud to introduce a collaborative CD titled “My Favorite Martin,” to be released online and digitally at Amazon, Acoustic Music Resource, iTunes and Martin’s own 1833 shop October 7, followed by fine retail outlets November 18. The album features 16-tracks all recorded on Martin instruments and Martin signature model guitars owned by the individual artists, many of which were written or recorded specially for this compilation.
“It is fitting that this project coincides with the 175th Anniversary of C.F. Martin & Co. All of us at Martin are deeply honored by the music and extremely thankful to the musicians that volunteered their time and creativity,” said Dick Boak, Artist Relations at Martin Guitar. “We applaud James Jensen and his Solid Air Records team for their faith in and their commitment to this exciting project. It is our hope this CD is the first of many volumes.”

Laurence Juber’s pristine solo guitar version of Eric Clapton’s “Layla” appropriately opens the CD, followed by an incredible roster of artists. Tracks from Nancy Wilson of Heart, bluegrass veteran Peter Rowan, as well as ukulele master Greg Hawkes and southpaw guitarist Elliot Easton both of The Cars. The CD continues with tracks from The Joker himself Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band Roger McGuinn of Byrds fame acoustic flatpicking wizards Norman and Nancy Blake California bluesman Kenny Sultan plus a special cut from one of the all time bluegrass greats Tony Rice playing one of the most iconic Martin Guitars ever! In addition Prairie Home Companion’s Pat Donohue adds a track and fingerstylist Jim Earp lends a classic rendition of Van Morrison’s “Moondance” No Martin compilation would be complete without across the pond representation from legendary UK guitarists Martin Carthy and Yes guitarist Steve Howe. Don McLean, whose collection includes over 40 Martin guitars, contributes the perfect closing track.
Complete “My Favorite Martin” track listing:
1)       Layla – Laurence Juber
2)       Moondance – Jim Earp
3)       West Coast Blues – Kenny Sultan
4)       The Vandals of Hammerwich/John Peterson’s Mare – Martin Carthy
5)       Ram – Steve Howe
6)       After the Rain – Peter Rowan
7)       Mountain Air – Pat Donohue
8)       The Old Grey Mare Came Tearing Out of the Wilderness – Norman & Nancy Blake
9)       Steve’s Boogie for Lightnin’ – Steve Miller
10)   You Showed Me – Elliot Easton
11)   Eleanor Rigby – Greg Hawkes
12)   Singing in the Country – Roger McGuinn
13)   Decatur Road – Nancy Wilson
14)   Danny Boy – Tony Rice
15)   Lovers Love the Spring – Don McLean
16)   Slinky – Steve Miller
Press Release
Source: Martin Guitars