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 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. Martin says, “Radio news is one really good way to get a glimpse at the way the World works. Broadcast writing requires brevity so it also helped sharpen the tools I need to put my experiences and observations into words.”
A former welder, carpenter and truck driver, Russ also weaves the blue collar experience into his tunes.
Russ released his debut solo album, Carburetor, in Spring 2015. The album features songs that span the length of his musical career and the width of his life's experiences. From the guitar-driven rock of Trailer Trash Girl, to the hardcore twang of Girls, Guns & Guitars, to the deep ballads What's The Matter With Michelle and (I Want To) Die of A Broken Heart, the album is steeped in Real-Life and peppered with bits of Martin's quirky wit.
Martin's live performances are laid back, engaging the audience in the songs and the atmosphere. His delivery is understated and instantly familiar. Listeners 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, Entertainment Coordinator -The Underground - Hillsdale MI