Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ is released on February 10th 2017. Produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro. Recorded in Nashville, it follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.
The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.
Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.
Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.
The duo will be touring across the UK during March 2017 to promote the new album.
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – Guitarist Magazine
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – Weissenborn Exchange
“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – Roots Magazine
“Awesome” – Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2
“Quite simply a great live act” – Time Out London
Praise for the Album Live At Southern Ground
“This is how acoustic roots should be heard on a record that allows Harley’s indisputable talent and spirit to shine through” – The Blues Magazine 8/10 stars
“Incredible slide guitar chops, Cementing his reputation as one of it’s finest exponents” – The Blues Magazine 8/10
“’If you only invest in one Blues album this year then make it this one” – Rock Society
‘A gem of a record for all blues and hollowneck fans’ – Weissenborn Exchange
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years. This release only underlines his stature even further as Britons best steel on steel blues ambassador.” – Weissenborn Exchange
‘From the first note to the last, this is a gorgeous album, played beautifully and with some real respect between the players.’ – 5/5 stars Music News
“A spelbinding 50 minutes” – The Observer
“Handsome showcase for Harley’s talents as an acoustic guitarist, writer and performer” – The Guardian
“Martin Harley is one of our finest acoustic guitar players” – Blues in the North West
“For all lovers of acoustic blues and top class roots music . . . this is for you.” – Blues in the North West
“Live At Southern Ground is an album for everyone who loves acoustic blues” – Bluesdoodles 9/10