Martin Grosswendt

Country blues, bottleneck and finger-busting guitar, offered up with powerful voice, deep soul and wry humor

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Martin & Susanne

American Roots, Early Blues, Old Time, Honky Tonk

About

Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. As one reviewer says, “Martin and Susanne make beautiful music together.”

Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music. He started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Susanne is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene.  A life-long singer, she slips seamlessly into any genre, making it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they embrace a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.

Martin and Susanne played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a rockin’ honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their performances have delighted audiences from Maine to Georgia.  Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.

“Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together. Martin is one of roots music’s best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt’s stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that’s all their own. If they come your way, don’t miss them.”
– Andy Wallace, former Program Director, National Folk Festival; Associate Director, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts; Program Coordinator, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Calendar

September 22, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzArlington, MA, United States
With The High-Strung Strummers (Sarah Jane Nelson & Cathy Mason.
Email for reservations and details:
October 1, 20173:00 pm  to 5:30 pmMusic @ Main, West Bloomfield Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz4600 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI483232 shows, at 3PM and 4:30PM
October 3, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmUncommon Ground Lakeviewwith Susanne Salem-Schatz3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613www.uncommonground.com/live-music
October 5, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmThe Robin Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz1105 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing, MIco-bill with Rev. Robert Jones!
October 6, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTrinity House Theatre\nwith Susanne Salem-Schatz38840 West Six Mile
Livonia MI 48152
Co-bill with The Squirrel Hillbillies.
October 7, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmRhubarbary House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzRhubarbary B&B, Harbor Springs, MIEmail or call for reservations and details.
231 357 7339
October 8, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmSection House Inn House Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz824 Ski Hill Rd
Little Lake, MIchigan, MI 49833
(906) 360-3950
October 10, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzMadison, WIFor reservations: email Mike at or call 608 274-6340
October 13, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzAnn Arbor, MIEmail for reservations and details:
October 14, 20177:15 pm  to 8:15 pmKendal at Oberlin Auditorium \nwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 15, 20172:00 pm  to 4:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzKent, OHEmail Iris Meltzer for details & reservations.
October 20, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmPhippsburg Congregational Church, UCCwith Susanne Salem-Schatz10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, Maine
(1/3 mile down Parker Head Road from Route 209)

Phone:
207-389-1767
November 17, 20178:15 pm  to 10:15 pmPrinceton Folk Music Societywith Susanne Salem-SchatzChrist Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ
November 18, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmJenkins House Concert Serieswith Susanne Salem-SchatzManhattan
New York, NY, United States
To RSVP please contact Sandy at
February 2, 20188:00 pm  to 9:00 pmThe Common Ground on the Hill, Baltimore Concert Serieswith Susanne Salem-SchatzBaltimore, MD
April 21, 20188:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCaffé Lenawith Susanne Salem-Schatz47 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

 

Recent Shows

Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Brandywine Friends of Old-time Music, Newark, DE

The Vanilla Bean, Pomfret, CT

First Encounter Coffeehouse, Eastham, MA

Minstrel Concert Series, Morristown, NJ

Corner Store Arts, Washington, DC

Cameo Art House Theatre, Fayetteville, NC

Folklore Society of Greater Washington, D.C.

Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

Common Fence Concerts, Portsmouth, RI

Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI

Old Ship Coffeehouse, Hingham, MA

Last Friday Coffeehouse, Winter Harbor, ME

Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, ME

Fountain General Store, Fountain, NC

Old Firehouse, Tinmouth VT

Cabot Arts, Cabot VT

St. John’s Coffee House, Arlington, MA

Good Times Cafe, Hinesburg VT