Local troubadour to compete in Telluride
Glenwood Springs musician Frank Gayer Martin could be Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s next top troubadour.Martin is one of 10 finalists, out of 600 musicians, in the festivals’ annual Troubadour Contest taking place June 15. He is the only finalist from Colorado in a field ranging from Austin, Nashville and New York.
“This could not have come at a better time,” Martin said, in a press statement. “I’ve just finished recording a new CD – a whole year in the making. I feel incredibly lucky to go the Telluride, but also feel I’ve worked long and hard to get where I am as a songwriter and performer.”Local pickers The Hell Roaring String Band have also been chosen as one of 10 finalists in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition.During the Troubadour Contest, each finalist performs two original songs and is judged on their composition, lyrics and performance. Five musicians advance and perform again on the following day. The winner plays a short set on the festival’s main stage and takes home prize money and a custom Shanti guitar worth $9,000.
Martin submitted two tracks from his new CD, “Postmark,” to the Troubadour Contest – “Silver and Gray” and “Killing Flu,” which chronicles his grandfather’s near demise in the 1918 flu epidemic.He has lived and performed locally since 1981. In 2002, Martin finished fourth in the Songwriters Showcase at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival performing songs from his first CD, “In the Slanting Light.”
“Postmark,” featuring a crack band of local musicians and guest harmony vocalists, will be released in July. Martin calls the music Americana, with diverse influences of country-rock, Zydeco, Cajun and folk styles. He is a multi-instrumentalist on acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, lap steel and lap slide guitar.In past years, two other local musicians have won the prestigious Troubadour Contest: Larry Good (1991) and Dan Sheridan (1993).Martin fronts his own band and performs with The Sirens, Boneyard and, whenever possible, as a side man to visiting performers. More information is available online at http://www.frankmartinmusic.com.
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