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’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and 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.
“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
CHOICE PRESS QUOTES FROM “STATIC IN THE WIRES” 2017
“…glorious gin-soaked grind… you’d swear the boy was right out of Bourbon Street.” – Acoustic Magazine
“One of the UK’s finest contemporary roots musicians” – Total Guitar 4.5 stars
“…delivering some of his finest songs…” – Guitarist Magazine 9/10
“This is a phenomenal record and one which crackles with a rare electricity… perhaps the perfect soundtrack for the world in 2017” – Maximum Volume Music
“impossible to ignore and worthy of radio play.” – Blues In Britain
“Eleven good reasons to put “Static In The Wires” at the front of your record shelf… each one of the eleven songs on this album!” – Hooked-on-Music.de
“And with “Static in the Wires” Martin Harley has… delivered one of the best examples of acoustic based roots and blues music you’ll find this side of the Mississippi Delta.” – Fabricationshq.com
“… music that goes to another level altogether… this album is simply magnificent.” – music-news.com 5 stars
“If you like your guitars belly-up, you’d be a fool to miss this one.” – Americana-UK.com 8/10