Daniel Lee Martin
ChinMusic Records (Springhill, TN) will release the sophomore recording project from its flagship artist Daniel Lee Martin.
The propitious independent label and its partners [Bronson Arroyo, Todd Stottlemyre, Darold Knowles and Jon Warden] is pleased to introduce ON MY WAY TO YOU [produced by Jan Stolpe] scheduled to hit retail shelves on April 17, 2007. The first single slated for country radio release entitled “Stark Ravin’ Crazy In Love” (a Rivers Rutherford/Tom Shapiro co-write) is at radio now.
The sixteen-song collection contains a string of hits encompassing thought-provoking messages, tall-tale stories, bittersweet ballads and ruckus, fun-loving tunes. Featuring cuts by talented Music Row songcrafters and renowned hitmakers such as Rivers Rutherford, Anthony Smith, Neil Thrasher, Larry Stewart and John Denver, ON MY WAY TO YOU is traditional country with a modern flair; it’s down-to-earth music that speaks to men and moves women.
Martin’s second national CD release will also feature a bonus DVD-LIVE from the House of Blues, Orlando, FL.
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "My biggest influences have always been, and will remain, my mom and dad. Growing up, I remember watching my mom and dad pick and sing at family reunions and I was just mesmorized. I watched as others watched in amazement and awe of their talents. As much as I wanted that same attention, I wanted to just be able to sing and pick like they did. John Denver was and is still is a big influence as well. He was always upbeat and smiling, and that was as infectious as his music was."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your sophomore CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "Modern country. Very contemporary, but not so contemporary that it removes itself from tradition. I'm a traditionalist who really can't sing like a traditionalist. I love to write in the same vein as those old-time hits, but when the words come out of my mouth, it's like Vince Gill meets Lefty Frizzel! I'm also a big ballad freak and it is evident within the new album."
Your album title 'On My Way To You' is an interesting choice, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? Is there a theme to it, perhaps? "No theme, really, just a lot of energy! I'm always looking for songs with meaning, but even more, songs with a message or a feeling that relates to the moment. First, I heard the title cut and fell in love with it. Second, I thought, it was a great album title and a great name for our tour: Daniel Lee Martin's "ON MY WAY TO YOU" tour. To top it off, the song has such a positive message--and that's something that we all need every so often."
Also, please reveal to us which of these 16 new tracks has become your current favorite ... and why? "Yikes, I was hoping wouldn't ask that question. It's quite odd...it changes every day. Today, "You Know Me" is my favorite. Yesterday, I couldn't get "Roll On By" out of my head. The day before that, "Moonshine Momma" was my tune. So, my favorites change like my moods change. My music is a mood ring. A mood ring of music!"
The press has labeled this new release as 'traditional country with a modern flair.' But, is that a label that you also would also apply to your music? "Fresh•New•Vibrant•Carefree•Full of Energy•Filled with Positive Reinforcement•••and it breaks all rules that apply to music as we know it."
Please tell us about the bonus DVD that comes with it, 'Live from the House of Blues.' When was this recorded and did everything go musically according to plan that night this was laid to tape? "As much as we rehearse and practice and go over the details, it never comes out exactly like we want. That's what I love about music. I can sing the same song a thousand times over and it will come out different every time. That's why they call it LIVE (and not memorex). I appreciate an amazing musician and band, but even more, I appreciate an artist's ability to let go and be himself and give the audience something other than what they were listening to on the radio on the way to the concert. The HOB show turned out wonderful and I think it was an amazing show for a first-time taping."
Lastly, and throwing in a comedic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Yup, right next to the potatoes and gravy (JUST KIDDING)."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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