Now Playing: Scott Martin’s ‘Corner of the World’ 

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Scott Martin
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Austin, Texas-based entertainer Scott Martin is prepping for the release of a new disc. It’s titled Corner of the World and has a drop date of March 11, 2022. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.

Scott Martin

Scott Martin
Image courtesy of Scott Martin

Scott Martin is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Corvallis, Oregon. According to his official website, his rockin’ resume includes one previous platter, 2018’s Missing. It was a noteworthy release focused on “historical missing persons including Amelia Earhart, DB Cooper, Everett Ruess, Virginia Dare, and Percy Fawcett.” He has also been a finalist at both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest, a two-time finalist at the Kerrville New Folk Regional Finalist, and a winner at the well-known Songwriter Serenade.

Signature Sound

Scott Martin’s signature sound is a mix of multiple music genres including (but not necessarily limited to) Americana, bluegrass, and contemporary folk.

Corner of the World

Corner of the World is a 10-track album of all original material written or co-written and co-produced by Martin. It is his second album after a hiatus of over 25 years due in part to his up-and-coming career as an artist on the L.A. music scene being interrupted by an almost fatal climbing accident. It is also largely a product of the pandemic.

Martin leads the way on acoustic guitar, piano, vocals, drum programming, and orchestration. He is backed by both American and European artists who “recorded virtually to add their parts to” the cuts. His co-producer, Michael Henchman, played electric guitar, bass, synth, “and other instruments” on several songs. Ed Berghoff played dobro and mandolin.   

Track by Track

The album opens on the upbeat, nigh-soaring song “The Absence of Angels.” This song also includes Pete Damore on banjo and David Schwartz on upright bass and contains a positive message about remaining ever hopeful. In a recent email, Martin added: “[The song] is a love note of sorts to our country.”

He added: “I wrote it with my friend Daniel Neihoff in April of 2020. I get worried that we can’t talk with each other anymore and that when we try, it ends up in a lot of yelling. The song is a reflection on where we’ve been and hopes for the future.”

The second selection is the titular “Corner of the World.” This is an effective, early introduction to Martin’s fingerstyle playing, layered orchestration, and multi-octave vocals. It also demonstrates his ability to come up with unexpected although not obtrusive musical choices. T. Scott Martin (a different Scott Martin) guests on pedal steel guitar. The song is intimately indicative of the feeling of loss and isolation brought on by the pandemic.

The next number was also influenced by the pandemic. It’s titled “Can’t Stop This Train.” Martin spoke of the song recently saying: “In ‘Can’t Stop This Train,’ which I co-wrote with my friend Terry Klein, I took on the constant chatter in my mind that only seemed to increase with being stuck at home.” It features guest artist Joåo Martins on the hurdy-gurdy and co-producer Michael Henchman on fretless and fretted bass and drums.

The lyrical love story “We Dance Together” follows. It tells a romantic, tuneful tale that begins with a first meeting in the city through a mountaintop proposal. It is quietly highlighted by a duet with singer Rose Winters and comes complete with a melodious chorus. 

Co-written with Nancy Beaudette, “Roxham Road” is not only another example of what Martin can do with a writing partner but also further indicates what may already be obvious to some listeners.  

Don’t let “A Little Mystery” get lost in the mix. It, too, is a standout track that deserves attention. Nashville musician and songwriter Ed Berghoff, who plays electric guitar on this cut commented: “Scott is a gifted fingerstyle guitarist with a fabulous melodic sense and a truly amazing voice.” the song also includes Bart de Win on Wurlitzer electric piano and Scott Laningham on the drums.

Everything remains solid as “Find What You Love” opens. The music and message are in synch. It simply flows. 

“One More Beautiful Day” is one more example of Martin’s abilities as a solo songwriter and his signature sound remains in place. As on other tracks, he takes concepts we have heard before, but he makes them his own. 

“Invisible” was co-written with Jackson Emmer. By now one may understand why some compare him vocally to the likes of Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Richard Thompson, and even David Wilcox. His song-stories, however, remain uniquely his own. 

The Closing cut is “Deep Dark Night.” This is an apt album endnote not only metaphorically, but it offers listeners one final example of what Martin can do as a solo songwriter and musician as well.

Overall… 

Overall, this disc is just what it is reported to be. It is a group of original songs that are musically reminiscent of several singer-songwriter stylings from the 1970s. Each cut has its own identity with unique ingredients drawn from different genres.  

Martin presents each piece as if they’re each individually important to him. One can sense he is emotionally invested and wants the world to hear each cut. So, check out Scott Martin’s new album because you just might “Find What You Love.”