Artist: Joe Martin
Release: Doesn’t Rain In LA
Release Date: 6th November 2020
For Fans Of: Jason Isbel, Sturgill Simpson, Tenille Townes
Joe Martin writes with a quality of empathy beyond his years. His observational songwriting captures the experiences of people close to him and imagines the stories of those he meets in passing. The tales of friends and strangers blend seamlessly with Joe’s own ponderings on life for masterfully crafted songs that paint a picture with every verse.
Born and raised in Lancashire, UK, his sights were always set on a big future. He grew up listening to the greats and the influence of artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves are evident in his sound and lyrical style. The magic of his live performance lies in his ability to connect a room of people with the emotions of a life they have not themselves lived.
Joe’s newest single ‘Doesn’t Rain In LA’ comes hot on the heels of ‘Heartbreak Cult’ which he released to critical acclaim earlier this year, receiving airplay from Matt Spracklen (Country Hits Brits, Country Hits Radio) and Tim Prottey-Jones (CountryLine Homegrown, Chris Country Radio). Written in collaboration with a good friend and Nashville-based songwriter Vinnie Paolizzi, ‘Doesn’t Rain In LA’ grapples with the denial of not wanting a friend to leave their hometown and searches for a reason that will convince them to stay.
Shattering the illusions of Hollywood, the lyrics come as a warning of the brutal environment that awaits a girl chasing her dream to become an actor. While it speaks to Vinnie’s friend who was moving to LA when the pair wrote the song in 2018, the sentiment is universal and one to which all can relate.
“I guess most people have gone through the experience of someone close to them leaving town. It’s never a good feeling. Sometimes your emotions can become clouded and you might try and talk the person out of it. Maybe because you’re selfish, other times because you genuinely think they’re making the wrong decision.”
‘Doesn’t Rain In LA’ comes as the second instalment in a collection of songs Joe recorded with the Chorlton Country Club at the beginning of 2020. In a departure from his usual singer-songwriter sound, the track has a more ‘rocky’ edge to it, which is brought to life with a driving rhythm and striking electric guitar. With a growing fanbase and more tricks up his sleeve, Joe Martin is just getting started.
“The night I was at the Bluebird, a young Englishman with a rich voice named Joe Martin seemed primed for bigger things” – Jeremy Egner, New York Times