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


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

Audio & Video


September 30, 2016Winter Harborwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 2, 20164:00 pm  to 6:00 pmWestbrook, ME @ Lenny'swith Susanne Salem-Schatz1274 Bridgton Road (Route 302) WestbrookTicket Price: $15
Age Limit: All Ages
October 15, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmOld Ship Coffee Housewith Susanne Salem-Schatz107 Main Street HinghamWith Lorraine and Bennett Hammond
Ticket Price: $15
October 22, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCommon Fence Musicwith Susanne Salem-Schatz933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI
October 27, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmFour Hour Day Lutheriewith Susanne Salem-Schatz4305 Hartford rd Baltimore mdWith Premo and Gustavsson
Ticket Price: Donation at the door

October 28, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCharlottesville, VAPotluck 6-7, Concert 7:30-9:30
Email for details and reservations - put in the heading Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz concert
October 29, 20167:30 pm  to 9:30 pmR.A. Fountain General Storewith Susanne Salem-Schatz6754 E. Wilson St. Corner of NC 222 & US 258 Fountain, NCTicket Price: $7.50 General Admission
Age Limit: All Ages
October 30, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmTrent River Coffee Companywith Susanne Salem-Schatz208 Craven St New Bern, NC
November 2, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmTed's Fun on the Riverwith Susanne Salem-Schatz2 Castle St. Wilmington, NC
November 3, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCameo Art House Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz225 Hay St
Fayetteville, NC
November 4, 20166:46 pm  to 8:46 pmThe Rooster's Wifewith Susanne Salem-Schatz114 Knight Street Aberdeen, NC
November 5, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmWhistle Pig Concertswith Susanne Salem-SchatzAtlanta, GA
Email for reservations and details:
November 6, 20165:00 pm  to 7:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzOak Ridge, NC5pm Potluck, 6:30PM Concert
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November 18, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmSouth Shore Folk Music Club Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz222 Main Street, Kingston, MAAge Limit: All Ages
November 20, 20163:00 pm  to 5:00 pmConcerts at West Kennebunkwith Susanne Salem-SchatzUnited Methodist Church160 Alfred Road, West Kennebunk, ME
November 28, 20166:00 pm  to 9:00 pmDriftwood Publick Housewith Susanne Salem-Schatz309 Court St
Plymouth, MA, United States
With Paul Chase on bass!
December 2, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmMeetinghouse Cafe, Unitarian Universalist Fellowshipwith Susanne Salem-Schatz108 School Street, Bennington VTBenefit for Homeless Coalition
Ticket Price: $15, $10 students
December 3, 20168:30 pm  to 10:30 pmHinesburg, VT @ Good Times Cafewith Susanne Salem-Schatz10805 Rt. 116 HinesburgAge Limit: All Ages
December 4, 20163:00 pm  to 5:00 pmCabot, VT @ Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot Artswith Susanne Salem-Schatz3216 Main St CabotAge Limit: All Ages
December 8, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmPeople's Cafe Benefit for Climate Changewith Susanne Salem-SchatzPrivate Home, Newton MA
December 11, 20163:00 pm  to 5:00 pmYule for Fuel Benefitwith Susanne Salem-SchatzWellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet MA
December 18, 201611:00 am  to 1:00 pmBoston, MA @ Community Church of Bostonwith Susanne Salem-Schatz565 Boylston St BostonAge Limit: All Ages
January 14, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmPaskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grangewith Susanne Salem-Schatz1133 Fisher Rd DartmouthTicket Price: $15, $12 under 18, students, seniors.
Age Limit: All Ages
January 15, 20176:00 pm  to 9:00 pmChandler Road House Concertswith Susanne Salem-SchatzAndover, MA
Potluck at 6, music at 7:00
$15 per person
January 16, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTres Gatoswith Susanne Salem-Schatz470 Centre StAge Limit: All Ages
January 29, 20173:00 pm  to 5:00 pmLoring-Greenough House Sunday Afternoon Concertswith Susanne Salem-Schatz12 South Street Jamaica PlainAge Limit: All Ages
February 2, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmCamden Public Library Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz55 Main St, Camden, METickets available at the door. (207) 236-3440
February 11, 20173:00 pm  to 4:00 pmWellfleet Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz55 West Main Street, Wellfleet MA
February 18, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmNew Moon Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz16 Ashland St Haverhill, MAopening for Robert Jones
February 25, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmThe Vanilla Bean Caféwith Susanne Salem-Schatz450 Deerfield Rd. Pomfret, CT
April 14, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmFolklore Society of Greater Washington @ Archie Edwards Blues Barbershopwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd
Riverdale, MD, 20737
Email for reservations:
Tickets are $20/public and $10/FSGW members
April 15, 201710:30 am  to 12:30 pmBlues Guitar Workshop with Martin Grosswendtwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737$30 Workshop Fee
Pre-register at
April 15, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmDelaware Friends of Folkwith Susanne Salem-SchatzBennett Chapel at Wesley College, Corner of DIvision and N. Bradford St., Dover, DE
April 22, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmJalopywith Susanne Salem-SchatzJalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States
Co-bill with Stephanie Jenkins
May 12, 20178:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concert Sebastapol, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail Jon Berger and Kalia Kliban for Reservations and Details:
May 13, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmHouse Concert in Berkeley, CAwith Susanne Salem-Schatz20 to 35++ dollar sliding scale donation
Reservations & details: email Audrey & Milton
May 17, 201710:30 pm  to 12:30 amHouse Concert Mountain View, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail for details and reservations.
May 18, 20177:00 pm  to 8:00 pmHaggin Museumwith Susanne Salem-Schatz1201 N. Pershing Ave Stockton, CA


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