Monday Music Round Up- 7/21/14

Keira Knightly Lightens Up In "Begin Again"

Actress Keira Knightly will play a Martin Guitar in her new film "Begin Again." The film, which was directed by "Once The Musical's " John Carney, has Keira playing a woman named Gretta who meets a disgraced record-label exec while performing on an East Village stage and becomes captivated by her talent. You can learn more about the movie and see a preview of Keira playing a Martin Guitar here.


The Unstoppable Ed Sheeran 

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran and up and coming artist Sam Smith broke a 20-year itch by taking the top two spots on the Billboard charts last week, last achieved by Eric Clapton and Sting in 1993. Sheeran also claimed the largest sales week for a British male artist in the US in nearly 10 years. Read more here

The Martin Ambassador's songs have rocketed in popularity on streaming services after his lauded set at Glastonbury. Ed played the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, July 5th. Read more here


Martin Ambassador Dierks Bentley Announces 9th Annual "Miles & Music for Kids" Event

Dierks Bentley announced the ninth annual "Miles & Music for Kids" scheduled for September 28th in Nashville, TN. Special guests Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Chris Young, Randy Houser, Kip Moore, and Jon Pardi will be performing with more artists to be announced. Learn more about the event here.


Jason Isbell Featured on Beck's Song Reader Album

Martin Ambassador Jason Isbell can be found on Beck's Song Reader album which will be released on July 29th. The album features a series of instrumental compositions previously released exclusively as sheet music. Jason Isbell performs on the track "Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings." Learn more about the album here.


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Did you know that tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year for their ivory? In 2013, 20,000 elephants were poached. That is about 55 elephants a day!


Martin Guitar refuses to be a contributor to this atrocity. That why in the 1970's, we began to phase out the usage of ivory. Since then, Martin Guitar has continued to develop and use materials that we believe comply with our sense of enviromental stewartship. In 2013, we stopped using Preserved Mammoth Ivory and are pleased to say it has been completely removed from our supply chain.


We feel an obligation to stop ivory trade and save elephants! That's why we teamed up with the Nature Conservancy in Africa to save the 430,000 elephants that can be found in Africa today. 

Want to help us #SaveElephants? Please click here and learn more.


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Martin Unveils Summer 2014 Models

It's that time of year again where we gear up for summer NAMM and release new, drool worthy guitars! 


This week Martin Guitar unveiled 7 new models that include:

  • The new D-28 Louvin Brothers Custom Signature Edition. It is the first guitar made by Martin that features a special photographic imprint on the solid Sitka spruce top, with a graphic inspired by the Louvin Brothers’ iconic album cover, “Satan is Real.”
  • The CS-GP-14, a new Grand Performance 14-fret non-cutaway model built with complete hide glue construction. This will be a limited edition model with 50 guitars available.
  • The 000RS25 NAVOJOA 25TH ANNIVERSARY MODEL this guitar celebratesC.F. Martin & Co. 50 years of guitar manufacturing at their Sycamore Street location. Production of this guitar will be limited to 50. 
  • The D-18 SYCAMORE guitar celebrates C.F. Martin & Co. 50 years of guitar manufacturing at the Sycamore Street location. Production of this guitar will be limited to 50. 
  • The SS-OM42-14 is this year's Nashville show special, the SS-OM42-14 is a spin-off of the popular D-42 Sinker Mahogany model from the Nashville 2012 show. Available only at the 2014 Summer NAMM show, this model will be limited to 25 and the labels will be signed by CFM IV and numbered in sequence with the total.
  • The OMXAE BLACK is a new X series OM-14 fret non-cutaway acoustic electric model features a Jett black HPL top, back and sides. Equipped with Fishman Sonitone USB electronics and a black Stratabond neck with a PA profile.
  • The DXAE BLACK is a new X Series Dreadnought 14-fret non-cutaway acoustic electric model features a Jett black HPL top, back and sides. Equipped with Fishman Sonitone USB electronics and a black Stratabond neck with a PA profile.
You can view all new models and their specifications here.
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Monday Music Round Up- 6/23/14

Ed Sheeran Release Sophomore Album

The much anticipated "X" has finally dropped worldwide! You can download the Martin Ambassador's album right here.


Hunter Hayes Nominated For Teen Choice Award

Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes is nominated for Choice Male Country Artist at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards! You can vote every day for the Teen Choice Awards, that will air live on August 10th, here.


The Milk Carton Kids Add More Tour Dates

With their growing popularity and many sold out shows, Martin Ambassadors The Milk Carton Kids have added more tour dates to their North American tour. You can view all tour dates here


Coldplay Release New Music Video

Coldplay's music video for "A Sky Full of Stars" features frontman Chris Martin playing his Martin Guitar. You can watch the video here



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The 4th Annual Frendly Gathering Happening Next Weekend!

Best frends, professional snowboarders, and Martin Ambassadors Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani will kick off the 4th Annual Frendly Gathering on June 26th at Timber Ridge in Vermont.


So what may you ask is the Frendly Gathering? The music festival is the creation of a group of professional snowboarders that call themselves the Frendly Crew. And no, there is no "I" in Frends!  The Frendly Gathering brings together both Danny and Jack's passions for music, the outdoors, the enviroment, and frendship. 

The Frendly Gathering will feature 30 different musical acts that include Martin Ambassadors Chuck Ragan and The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. 


The festival is presented by Burton Snowboards with exclusive partners Martin Guitar, Ben & Jerry's, Go Pro, and supporters KIND, Klean Kanteen, Lulu Lemon, and Love Your Brain.

In honor of the Frendly Gathering, Danny and Jack designed this Frendly Gathering LX1! You can also enter to win this Frendly Gather LX1 by entering in the last #FrendlyFriday Instagram contest here.



Martin has also collaborated with Burton Snowboards and Danny Davis on the new Winter 15 Easy Livin Snowboard, which features Martin Guitar-inspired graphics. You can learn more about the snowboard here.



Like to camp without the hassle of traveling with all that gear? You can now select the option to simply show up at Timber Ridge to a luxury tent of your choice that is already set up. Options include tents with cots, full beds, small cottages, or RV's.


So drop whatever you have going on next weekend and get your tickets to join us on what is sure to be a Frend filled weekend!

Visit the Frendly Gathering website here.

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Bonnaroo Round Up

Another great festival weekend is in the books! We spent this past weekend in Nashville, TN for the legendary Bonnaroo festival along with 80,000 festival go-ers.



The festival featured stand out performances from Martin Ambassadors The Avett Brothers, City and Colour, Dierks Bentley, and our dear friend Valerie June.


The Martin team hung out backstage with the artists at the Martin Artist Lounge and also had a jam tent that was filled with performances from festival go-ers.

Check photos from Bonnaroo here.

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Factory Favorite: Thomas Rhett

Fresh off the heels of CMA Fest, our factory favorite for the month of June goes to country singer and songwriter, Thomas Rhett.


Thomas Rhett has been blowing up the country music charts since 2012 when he released his debut single "Something To Do With My Hands" followed by "Beer With Jesus." His debut album It Goes Like This was released in 2013. He recently played the Martin Jam Tent at CMA Fest and completely shut down Broadway with the outpouring of fans.

He has also helped pen number one hits for country stars Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line.

Thomas will be hitting the road this fall opening for Miranda Lambert's on the Platinum tour.



Take a listen to Thomas' Number 1 hit single "Goes Like This" here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

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Martin Guitar Takes Over Nashville

Last week was filled with country music and a whole lot of Martin Pride! The Martin Team spent the week in Nashville with thousands of other country music fans.

For the second year in a row we were backstage in the Crown Royal Artist Lounge of the 2014 CMT Awards. We got to hang out with Martin Ambassadors Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes as well as country royalty like Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, and The Band Perry.


After the CMT Awards, it was all about the Martin Jam Tent. Our tent was the place to be thanks to performances from Martin Ambassador Mac Powell, Thomas Rhett, Chip Esten, The Doobie Brothers, Lindsay Ell, Greg Bates, and many more!


Couldn't be in Nashville this weekend? Check out all the action here.

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Inside The 1833 Catalog

We love coming up with fresh, new ideas that our Martin family is going to love! It's one of the reasons we get so excited about the annual 1833 Shop Catalog. This year you get some studio time with Martin.


Our super talented and creative Vice President of Brand Marketing, Amani Duncan, had the vision of a recording studio shoot and it all grew from there.

Becky Manogue, Martin's Resale and Merchandise Manager, hand picked the new gear that is featured in the catalog. 

The gear is modeled by Chris Thomas, Senior Artist Relations Manager, and Mandee Taylor, Martin's graphic designer. Jim McGee, the Spectra Sound Recording Studio owner, also modeled Martin gear in the Catalog.

Big thanks to Terrie Yeagle of The Moment Photography for capturing all the great photos that are featured in the 1833 Shop Catalog.

Haven't checked out the 2014-2015 1833 Shop Catalog yet? Download it here.


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Monday Music Round Up- 6/2/14

Colbie Caillat Named As Martin Ambassador

Singer-Songwriter Colbie Caillat joined the Martin Ambassador family last week! We love Colbie and could not be more excited to have her as a Martin Ambassador. Learn more about Colbie here.


Ed Sheeran Docu-Series To Air June 10th

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran will be the subject of MTV’s new documentary series “9 Days and Nights” that is set to air on June 10th on MTV at 11PM (EST). You can watch the full trailer for the episode here.

Beats By Dre premiered its new commerical last week which feature Ed and his single "Don't." Watch the commerical here.ed-1

LP featured on Music Radar

Martin Ambassador LP is featured on Music Radar where she discusses her career ups and downs as well as her new album “Forever For Now” that will be released on June 3rd. You can read the interview here.

LP and Martin Guitar will be holding a Twitter Chat on June 5th at 3:15PM (EST). You can take place in the chat by using the hashtag #LPMartinGuitarChat. 


Paste Magazine Hangs Out With Chuck Ragan

Martin Ambassador Chuck Ragan took Paste Magazine backstage to discusses his new album "Till Midnight" and also to check out live performances. You can watch the video here.


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