The BCA is a new venture for British Country artists to get airplay of their music to a body of presenters, broadcasting all over the world.
Each week, they will randomly select an ‘Artist of the Week’ to be included into the playlists of participating country radio shows, who in turn will play 2 tracks from that chosen artist.
This week, the artist of the week is Joe Martin, a Lancashire based singer songwriter is deservedly gaining major attention on both sides of the Atlantic. As a child Joe was brought up listening to artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Songs that tell a story played a big part in what Joe would be listening to in his formative years. And this can be heard in the music he’s making now.
As a teenager Joe fronted a country band whilst living in Leeds and studying at University. The band played original songs and toured the UK opening for artists like the Shires and appearing at festivals such as Country2Country. But now as a solo artist Joe has found
himself performing more shows around the UK and further afield in Europe and Stateside.
Joe’s musical idols includes producer Dave Cobb, and the artists he records, Brent Cobb, Jason Isbell, Colter Wall and Chris Stapleton to name a few.
The past few years have been an experience-rich journey helping Joe refines his song writing and storytelling craft. Playing the pre-eminent Bluebird Café in Nashville Tennessee was a profound moment for Joe, the feeling of coming full circle, after being inspired by the show ‘Nashville’, on which the Bluebird was regularly featured.
Meeting and taking advice from his song writing idol John Paul White of the Civil Wars a week before his Bluebird debut was also an inspirational moment. Other Nashville experiences included being a guest on Carl Jackson’s show at the Station Inn.
In 2017 Joe released his debut EP ‘Small World’, to much acclaim and has recently recorded a suite of singles with the Champs of the much respected UK Americana band ‘Danny and the Champions of the World’.
Joe will be releasing his next single ‘Love Strong’ on October 1st 2018 and the following two singles in the first half of 2019.
“The night I was at the Bluebird a young Englishman with a rich, resonant voice named Joe Martin seemed primed for bigger things.”– Jeremy Egner New York Times.
“A cut above the plethora of acoustic singer-songwriters. Joe Martin shows an abundance of promise” – Americana UK
You can find out more from Joe’s website at: http://www.joemartinmusic.com
You will also find his music on iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.
To find out where you can hear Joe showcased, check out http://www.countryroadradio.co.uk/bca-artist-of-the-week