Monday Music Round Up- 4/14/14

Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran Makes SNL Debut

Ed Sheeran will  his musical debut on Saturday Night Live this week. He performed his new single “SING” and debuted the track “Don’t”. You can check out his performance here.

You can also preorder his new album “MULTIPY”  here. The album will be released June 23rd worldwide.


 Martin Ambassadors Perform at ACM Awards

Hunter Hayes performed his new hit single, “Invisible,” off of his upcoming album at the ACM Awards. You can watch the performance here.

Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow also got the crowd to their feet during a performance of Bentley’s hit “I Hold On” at the 2014 ACM Awards on Sunday night. Watch the duet here.

Martin Ambassador Jason Isbell Under The Radar Interview

Jason Isbell spoke to UTR from his Tennessee home about writing sober and his musical roots. Read the interview here.



Lennon Stella Plays Martin on ABC’s Nashville

Lennon Stella, who plays Maddie Conrad on the ABC’s Nashville, played her Martin on last week’s episode.



Factory Favorites: NEEDTOBREATHE

This month’s factory favorite goes to the alternative rock band we cannot get enough of, NEEDTOBREATHE.


The band hails from South Carolina and is comprised of Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, and Seth Bolt. NEEDTOBREATHE is set to release their fifth album “Rivers In The Wasteland” on April, 15th. The band will hit The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th to perform “The Heart.” Before heading over to The Late Show With David Letterman on April 23rd. You can preorder “Rivers In The Wasteland” here.

Take a listen and fall in love with NEEDTOBREATHE.



2014 ACM Round Up

There was no denying the energy or fun that took place this weekend at the 2014 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our team was on hand for the weekend long festivities that lead up to the award show.

Hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton weren’t kidding when they said this year’s awards were all about live music. Martin Ambassadors Hunter Hayes and Dierks Bentley both took the stage during the award show to perform.

The country music world is already looking to next year’s 50th ACM Awards which will take place at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Get a backstage look at everything that went down.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Americana Award Considerations

It’s that time of the year when the best of the best are up for consideration for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. The award show is the highlight of the Americana Music Festival & Conference which takes place on September 17th thru September 21st in Nashville, Tennessee.

Here is who we are supporting:

Martin Ambassadors The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers have been bringing Americana to the masses this year with sold out shows and their new album “Magpie and the Dandelion.”  The Martin Ambassadors are up for consideration in the following categories: Artist of the Year, Duo/Group of the Year, Album of the Year for “Magpie and the Dandelion,” Song of the Year for “Another is Waiting,” and group member Joe Kwon is up for Instrumentalist of the Year.



The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids are on the rise with their latest album “The Ash & Clay” and their numerous stand out performances. The Milk Carton Kids are up for consideration for “Duo/Group of the Year” at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.  They are also set to release a new concert DVD, “The Milk Carton Kids Live From Lincoln Theater” on April 29th.


For more information on the 2014 Americana Music Awards, click here.



Monday Music Round Up-3/31/14


Cody Simpson Named As Martin Ambassador

Hailing from Australia, Cody  Simpson is a seventeen year old, extremely talented artist. Cody recently concluded his Acoustic Sessions Tour, which featured a stage filled with Martins, and is currently appearing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! Learn more about Cody and all of our Martin Ambassadors here.

CODYSIMPSONMartin Guitar on Fortune Magazine’s Blog


Fortune Magazine featured Martin Guitar on their blog this week. The article discusses how Martin Guitar has managed to maintain its reputation despite rising costs and low cost competitors. CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV and Dick Boak are quoted during the article. You can the Fortune Magazine Blog here.


Russell Crowe and Jimmy Fallon Jam To “Folsom Prison Blues”

“Noah” star Russell Crowe thrilled “The Tonight Show” audience Thursday when he strapped on a Martin Guitar and performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Watch the performance here.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 2.06.11 PM

Martin Ambassadors Of Monsters & Men Win at Icelandic People’s Choice Awards

Of Monsters and Men took home Performer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the Icelandic People’s Choice Awards this past weekend.


 Martin Ambassador LP Premieres New Song

LP released her new song “Night Like This” this last week. Listen to the new single here.




What We Are Looking Forward To In April

The Martin Owners Club

Love Martin guitars? Love Martin strings? Join the coolest club in town on April 1st. Remember you don’t have to own a Martin to be a member of the club; we know it’s only a matter of time.Go to to find all the great member benefits.



The ADC Festival of Art + Craft

Martin will be attending the 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Miami, Florida April 7th thru the 9th. During the festival, Martin Vice President of Brand Marketing, Amani Duncan, will be speaking at the Tomorrow Awards Event. Martin’s Director of Museum and Archives, Dick Boak, will lead a workshop during the festival to showcase the handcrafting of a Martin Guitar. You can get a peek of Dick’s workshop here. You can also order your tickets for the ADC Festival of Art + Craft here.


Ed Sheeran Performs on Saturday Night Live

On April 12th, Martin Ambassador Ed Sheeran will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. This is Ed’s first appearance on the show and fingers crossed he will be playing a new single.

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" - Fixed Show

Twitter Chat with Martin’s Chris T.

We had such a great time during our last Twitter chat with Martin’s VP of Brand Marketing, Amani Duncan, that we are doing another this month! Martin’s Senior Artist Relations Manager, Chris T, will be taking over the @martinguitar Twitter to answer your questions. Mark your calendar for April 24th at 3PM (EST) and have your questions ready!

Martin's Chris Thomas along side Chris Carrabba

Chris Thomas along side Martin Ambassador Chris Carrabba of Twin Forks & Dashboard Confessional


Monday Music Round Up- 3/24/14

Martin Guitar Ambassador Danny Davis Wins Arctic Challenge

Danny Davis took the top spot in the expression session at the Arctic Challenge in Oslo, Norway, and then continued to impress the judges in his full run session and was unanimously crowned champion. Watch part of Danny’s performance here.


Martin Guitar Ambassador Ed Sheeran to be Musical Guest on SNL

Is it April 12th yet? Ed Sheeran is set to perform on the show’s April 12th episode with host Seth Rogan.


Chuck Ragan Premieres “Till Midnight”

Martin Ambassador Chuck Ragan premiered his fourth solo album “Till Midnight” this week via You can stream the new album that is officially due out on March 25th here.


Parker Millsap Live: Presented by Martin Guitar

American Songwriter continues with the newest video to the Live: Presented by Martin Guitar series. Watch artist Park Millsap perform along with an OM-21 here.



ONCE The Musical London Nominated for Olivier Awards

ONCE The Musical in London has been nominated for six Olivier awards! ONCE is nominated in the following categories: Best New Musical, Best Sound Design, XL Video Award for Best Set Design, Best Theater Choreography, Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Actress in a Musical.

Martin Guitar is the exclusive provider of guitars and strings for ONCE The Musical London; as well as ONCE The Musical on Broadway and ONCE The Musical’s traveling tour.


The Laurence Olivier Award (or simply the Olivier Award) is presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theatre. Named after the British actor Laurence Olivier, the awards are given for West End shows and other productions staged in London.

For more information on ONCE The Musical, click here.

SXSW Round Up

Tens of thousands of people came together last week to celebrate film and music at SXSW. The days were filled with don’t miss conferences during the day followed by film debuts and great music at night.

We were especially excited to be one of the official sponsors of Guitar Center Sessions Presented by DirecTV. The Sessions were filmed during SXSW and will be coming to a television screen near you soon. The Sessions included performances by Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Phantogram, and many more.

Couldn’t attend SXSW? Check out our slideshow below for an insiders look at all that went down.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.



For a full list of festivals Martin Guitar will be at, click here.

Monday Music Round Up- 3/10/14

Martin Unveils Four New Models

Today the 2014 New Spring Models were unveiled. The new models included: 000-18, OM-28,DC-Aura GT, and GPC-Aura GT. The new models will debut at Musikmesse later this week. You can learn more about the new models here.


Martin Guitar On Acoustic Nation

Martin Guitar has a sponsor page running on Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation which features the 180 Years of Music Interactive Tool, new product model videos, Martin Ambassador Danny Davis, and much more. You can see our sponsor page here.

acoustic nation

Ellen Plays A Martin During The Oscars

 In case you missed this moment during the 86th Annual Academy Awards  broadcast on Sunday, March 2nd. Host Ellen Degeneres played a 000C Nylon String Martin during the awards.

photo copy

Martin Guitar Ambassadors The Avett Brothers on The Tonight Show

The Avett Brothers performed “Skin and Bones” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch their performance here.

They also premiered their new video for “Morning Song” from their latest album, Magpie and the Dandelion. Watch the video here.


Martin Guitar Ambassadors The Lumineers Nominated for iHeartRadio Best New Artist

The Lumineers are nominated for Best New Artist for iHeartRadio’s first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards. The awards show airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 1 on NBC. The awards show is a chance for fans to honor the artists they love. Finalists will be announced on March 26 during a special one-hour live event. Vote here.