Monday Music Round Up- 9/15/14

2014 CMA New Artist Nominee Thomas Rhett Becomes A Martin Ambassador

Martin Guitar is proud to welcome Thomas Rhett to the Martin Ambassador roster! The singer-songwriter was born with music in his DNA. He is the son of Rhett Atkins, who earned a trio of Top 20 hits in the mid-1990's.

Thomas has gained recognition in the country music world for his hits "It Goes Like This" and "Get Me Some Of That." You can learn more here.


City and Colour & P!nk Form You + Me

Martin Ambassador City and Colour teams up with P!nk to release a folk album as the duo You + Me. The duo's debut album Rose Ave. is set to drop on October 14th.

You can hear You + Me's first single here.


The Milk Carton Kids Featured On Bitter Tears Revisited

Martin Ambassadors The Milk Carton Kids are featured on the album Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited. The duo can be found on two tracks: "Apache Tears" with Emmy Lou Harris and "Custer" with Steve Earle. You can learn more about the album here.


Martin Ambassador LP's Tour Named As A Must See

LP's fall tour was named as one of the "must see tours" by You can see the full list of tours you should see in 2014 here.


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Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 4 Contest

Calling all singer-songwriters! This contest is for you! Guitar Center is searching for the next great American Singer-Songwriter.

One singer-songwriter will win a 4 Song EP produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer Don Was, a mentoring session with Martin Ambassador Colbie Caillat, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, $25,000 cash, new gear that includes a Martin Guitar, and more!


So how do you enter? By signing up and submitting your original song and performance by November 2nd, 2014 here. The performances will then be evaluated by the Judging Panel and Don Was based on: technique, authenticity, originality, and style.

Martin Guitar is proud to be the exclusive acoustic guitar sponsor of Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 4 contest.

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Monday Music Round Up- 9/8/14

Hunter Hayes Releases Promo For New Tour

Last week, Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes released a promo video for his new tour  TATTOO (Your Name). You can watch the video here.

Dierks Bentley to Perform at ACM Honors
Martin Ambassador Dierks Bentley was announced as a performer for the 8th annual ACM Honors. Fellow Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes will also perform during the Honors. It will be held tomorrow, September 9th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

Martin Ambassadors Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Introduce Bluegrass to New Generation
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have over 22 million YouTube views and are credited for introducing bluegrass to a new generation. They spoke with Fox 411 about their new album and how they put a modern twist on bluegrass. Watch their interview here

Valerie June Performs "Workin' Woman Blues"

PBS Newshour posted a video of Martin Ambassador Valerie June performing "Workin' Woman Blues" during her set at the 2014 Pickathon. Watch the performance here.
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2014 CMA Award Nominations Announced

Yesterday, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town announced the country A-listers that were nominated for the 2014 CMA Awards.

Martin Ambassador, Dierks Bentley, racked up 5 nominations this year! Dierks is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for "I Hold On," Single of the Year for "Drunk On A Plane," Music Video of the Year for "Drunk On A Plane," and RISER is up for Album of the Year.


Martin player, Thomas Rhett, is nominated for New Artist of the Year. Thomas has taken the country world by storm in 2014 and will continue to do so!


The 2014 CMA Awards will air November 5th at 8PM (EST) on ABC. The awards show will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. 

Find more information about the award show and nominees here.

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What We Are Looking Forward To In September

Twitter Chat With Martin Ambassadors NEEDTOBREATHE

On September 2nd at 2PM (EST), we will be holding a Twitter Chat with NEEDTOBREATHE! Do you have questions for the Martin Ambassadors? Head over to Twitter and use #NTBMartinQA for a chance to have your question answered. Be a part of the chat here.


Loundon Wainwright III Releases New Album

Martin Ambassador Loundon Wainwright III will release his new album "Haven't Gotten The Blues (Yet)" on September 9th. You can preorder the album here.


ABC's Nashville Is Back!

The season 3 premiere of ABC's Nashville will air on August 24th at 10PM (EST). The season premiere will include live music segments. Of course, you will be able to spot some Martin Guitars through out the season. 


Miles and Music For Kids

On September 28th, Martin Ambassador Dierks Bentley will host the 9th Annual Music and Miles for Kids. The motorcylce ride and concert in Nashville benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbuilt. For more information on the event, click here.



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Monday Music Round Up- 8/25

"C.F. Martin & Co.-Images of American" Released

Director of Museum and Archives, Dick Boak, released "C.F. Martin & Co.-Images of America" last week. The black-and-white book is published by Arcadia Publishing and takes readers on a journey of Martin Guitar with almost 200 never before seen images. You can purchase the book here.


Ed Sheerans Wins His First Moonman!

Congraulations are in order for Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran. Last night Ed took home the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for the video "SING" with Pharrell. Watch the video for "SING" here.


Hunter Hayes Performs On The Today Show

On Friday, Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes performed and chatted with The Today Show hosts. Hunter also announced his "Tattoo" tour! You can watch his performance and interview here.


Colbie Caillat for Guitar Center

Martin Ambassador Colbie Caillat shot a video for a Guitar Center series this past week. She is featured in the video with a Martin 000-15. Keep a look out for the video coming soon!



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Why You Need A Little Martin

The Little Martin is the compact and afforable member of Martin's X Series. Like any other Martin, the Little Martin is built with the same quality, craftsmanship, and astounding sound.


So what can you use a Little Martin for? Fan favorites activities are: jam sessions, campfire side, practicie, recording, and traveling. And the list goes on!

Find out where you can get your Little Martin here.

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Monday Music Round Up- 8/18

The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks

This summer marked the tenth Avett Brothers performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. You can watch some behind the scenes footage of the band with their family and friends here

Martin Ambassador Seth Avett took some time backstage at a show in Burlington, Vermont to perform the song "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" You can watch the performance here.


Valerie June Featured On CMT Edge
Martin Ambassador Valerie June performed her single "Workin' Woman Blues" live for CMT Edge. You can watch a short interview and performancehere.



Del McCoury Nominated for 6 IBMA Awards

The Del McCoury band is nominated for six IBMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Fiddle Player of the Year. 



Martin Ambassadors Win Teen Choice Awards

Hunter Hayes won Choice Male Country Artist at the Teen Choice Awards.
Ed Sheeran won Choice Male Artist and Choice Single Male Artist for "Sing."

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Signed Paul McCartney D-28 Raises $50,000!

Yesterday, Martin Guitar and The Nature Conservancy auctioned off a signed  D-28 left handed guitar signed by the legendary, Sir Paul McCartney. It didn't take long for that D-28 to sell for $50,000! The proceeds raised will go towards the Nature Conservancy in Africa's initiave to #SaveElephants.


Sir Paul McCartney has worked for many decades to create a safe world for animals. On the D-28, Sir Paul McCartney wrote "This Guitar Save Elephants." A fitting nod to the forever, famous Woody Guthrie guitar and also the #SaveElephants campaign. For more information on the auction, click here.

Martin Guitar is a Founding Sponsor of the #SaveElephants campaign. To learn more about how you can join the herd and help stop the worst poaching crisis in history, click here.

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Monday Music Round Up-8/11

Craig Ross Joins The Martin Family!

Craig Ross, the lead guitarist for Lenny Kravitz, has become our newest Martin Ambassador! We are very excited to welcome him and his immense talents to the Martin family. Learn more about Craig here


Ed Sheeran Premieres Music Video for "Don't"

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran premiered the music video for "Don't" this week. "Don't" is the second single off his sophomore album X. You can watch the music video here.


Valerie June In The New York Times

Martin Ambassador Valerie June was on the cover of The New York Times Arts Section for her performance at this year's Pickathon Music Festival.


Burton Loves Sleepy Man Banjo Boys!

Martin Ambassadors The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys were featured on the Burton Girls Apres section. The article talks about why everyone should listen to the band and also features a slideshow of photos from their performance at Frendly Gathering with is thrown by fellow Martin Ambassadors Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani. Click here to read more. 


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