Gritty, quirky, honest and familiar--Russ Kendrick Martin is a whiskey-throated singer with a ripped-from-the-headlines approach to his songwriting. Russ is a veteran of America's smoky barrooms and beer-soaked dance halls--He has performed on stages in the biggest music centers in the U.S., including Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL and Athens, Ga.
Russ signed with Nashville-based Lower Broadway Records in late 2016. He's currently working on an album for release in summer 2017.
Russ says his success as a songwriter is due, in part, to his years of working as a broadcast journalist at a small town radio station. "News writing helped sharpen the tools I need to put my experiences and observations into words," Martin says--Life as a reporter also provides plenty of material and characters for Martin's story songs.
A former welder, carpenter and truck driver, Russ also weaves the blue collar experience into his tunes.
Martin's live performances are laid back--audiences often find themselves singing along with songs they're hearing for the first time.
“Russ Kendrick Martin showcases his wide ranging talent—from his distinctive vocals to his knack for writing about real life—in his debut album Carburetor. With a mix of classic country sound and healthy doses of indie rock and today's country edge, there's something for everyone."
--Brian Reusch, of WCCI Radio in Savanna, IL--
"Russ Kendrick Martin brings a simple approach to entertainment - get the folks inspired, and get 'em wanting more. His set offers a mix of home grown country-esque rock with tastefully crafted twists on cover tunes. Check him out in a town nearby, you won't be disappointed!"
--Ryan Hudson, Owner/Agent - Rychko Entertainment--