The Best in Acoustic Music Performance
Martin & Johnson
Birdie is the debut recording for Martin & Johnson -- an old time string band trio of seasoned musicians. This CD features 13 songs and three instrumentals across a diverse repertioire including old time breakdowns, gospel, blues and comedy songs. Martin & Johnson is the combined talents of Wayne Martin (vocal, fiddle, harmonica, guitar) and Margaret Martin (vocal, banjo, guitar) and Craig Johnson (vocal, fiddle, banjo, guitar) who have combined forces in this delightful new CD. Martin & Johnson feature strong singing and great playing that brings new life into old-time and early country music.
"When Wayne and Margaret Martin and Craig Johnson cut loose with their arsenal of old time breakdowns, blues and comedy songs,. it's time to roll up the carpet!
-- Marshall Wyatt, Old Hat Records.
"Birdie" (5-String Productions), the debut CD by Raleighites Wayne and Margaret Martin and Craig Johnson, is a brilliant update of the old Southern sound. Beautifully recorded and cleverly sequenced, the 16 tracks play like a diverse sampler of old-time music artfully performed by three modern masters. -- Jack Bernhardt, The News & Observer (Read the full review)