Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Samantha Martin - Voice

Samantha Martin knows the vehicles that allow her astonishing vocals to do what they do. Whether laying down stirring soul, powering up top-end blues or bringing it down with blue-light gospel, Samantha Martin’s roots music styles have built her a serious audience following and made her a demand performer. 
Martin is also a fluent guitarist playing a variety of acoustic and resonator guitars, and allowing her vocals to move through slow ballads or push up to hand-clapping gospel intensity. Her main promotion says it all: “Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong woman’s voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette, Lucinda Williams and, perhaps most closely, Bonnie Bramlett.”

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