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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

K.K. Martin Performing At Rip Cat Records Holiday Party, Harvelle's Long Beach

                         K.K. Martin: Blues Troubadour
"A genuine bluesman who believes in keeping it real... Martin can sing it up high or sing it down low; he's full of spirit on each of the ten tracks here, and it makes a fine sequel to his winning program on Naked Blues."             SOUTHLAND BLUES

"Very adept acoustic guitarist has put together a solid CD of traditional blues tunes...finger-picking technique is a good compliment to his vocal work. This CD is worth the listen...I think you'll find it rewarding."              BMAN'S BLUES REPORT
  "K.K. Martin's blues are real and reality is what we all need a little bit more of these days."
                                                    BLUES SOURCE
Newly-Minted Signee K.K. Martin Performing at Rip Cat Records Holiday Party
At The Beautiful New Harvelle's In Long Beach - Friday Night, December 30

        (Long Beach) - Delta Blues style guitarist-vocalist-songwriter K.K. Martin, newly signed to quickly-rising SoCal blues label Rip Cat Records, performs at the label's Holiday Showcase at the new Harvelle's, 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach, Friday, December 30. 8 p.m. $10. Info: (562) 239-3700 or Also performing that night: Mighty Mojo Prophets; Johnny Mastro and Mama's Boys; The 44's; and Gino Matteo.
    Martin's most recent release, "Naked Blues Volume II" has been lauded by publications such as Blues Source, Blues Blast, Southland Blues, Vintage Guitar, BMan's Blues Report and many others, while receiving airplay on syndicated radio show Blues Deluxe and blues stations throughtout the world. In addition to performing solo, K.K. can regularly be seen throughout Southern California appearing with his band the Roadside Revelers. Martin -- an in-demand studio musician as well - performed at both the Kern River Blues and Rock Festival as well as the Real Blues Festival of Orange County during 2011.

    K.K. Martin was a founding member, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for 80's-era band A La Carte. The group gained considerable renown as one of the most in-demand groups on the then-vibrant Sunset Strip music scene. Exposed in the womb to the music of Jimmie Rodgers. Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, he began touring with his parents at age 10. K.K. was transplanted to California in 1969 and cut his teeth on the local L.A. rock scene at age 16, landing a brief stint with the Albert Collins backup band. Martin has performed with a Who's-Who in the music business including Eric Burdon, Booker T, Rick Derringer, Johnny Winters, Blondie, and currently, Lester Chambers of famed R&B/Soul group The Chambers Brothers. K.K. was a recipient of "Outstanding Blues Artist" at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards in 1999. In the last decade, Louisiana native Martin has reconnected with his Blues roots. He toured with Lester Chambers of the 60's Chambers Brothers fame, recording a project with Lester called "Blues for Sale." Martin has continued to play extensively throughout L.A. and Orange County as a solo act as well as with the band Roadside Revelers. His latest CD, "Naked Blues Vol. II," will be re-released by Rip Cat.

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