Born in Texas in 1984, Jeffrey Martin quickly made his way to the Northwest where he discovered in nature and in people what would be the deep well for much of his songwriting. His father was a lover of stories, especially in music, and Martin was raised with a careful ear cocked and listening to Neil Young, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Harry Chapin. He was fortunate to live in Eugene, Oregon, for much of his adolescence, where in the late 90s and early 2000s there was a strong and steady flow of folk songwriters touring through the region. Leo Kotke, John Gorka, and David Wilcox were huge inspirations.
Martin’s music has been likened to the styles of Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, with an attention to storytelling reminiscent of Chapin and Prine. Since 2011 Jeffrey has released two full-length albums, Gold in the Water (2011), Dogs in the Daylight (2014), and one EP entitled Build a Home (2012). Also in 2014, Martin signed to the Portland record label Fluff and Gravy Records, where he still makes a happy musical home.
After taking a brief hiatus from touring in order to teach high school English in 2015-16, Jeffrey Martin is back on the road touring full-time nationally, with plans to hit the UK this spring. He has shared shows with the likes of Sean Hayes, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, Jefferson Hamer, David Wilcox, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeffrey Foucault, Frank Fairfield, Tracy Grammer, Ruth Moody, and others.
Learn more at http://www.jeffreymartinmusic.com/.