Martin Grosswendt

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

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Lessons available on various instruments in multiple genres near Providence, in Jamaica Plain, online, and at the Music Emporium!

Martin & Susanne

American Roots, Early Blues, Old Time, Honky Tonk


Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz

Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and you have Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz.

Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music, playing early in his career with folk legends such as U. Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin. A veteran of Boston’s roots music scene, Susanne slips seamlessly into any genre; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Martin and Susanne’s performances strike a deep emotional chord. They share their deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, and early country as they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.

Martin and Susanne sang together for several years in a popular Boston Honky-Tonk and Western Swing band before they began touring as a duo in 2015. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released the same year; a new recording is in the works.

The tastiest set of music Ive heard in years.
— Chris Applin, Good Times Café, Hinesburg, VT

Martin and Susanne are a revelation. They play with a seamless grace and power that make you think that the blending of their considerable talents and gifts was inevitable. The depths of their repertoire, skills, and musical knowledge are humbling. The walls still resonate the good time had by all!
— Wayne Beach, Concerts at Phippsburg Congregational Church, Phippsburg, ME

These folks are talented, versatile instrumentalists with powerful harmonies and a warm stage presence. I am already looking forward to a return visit.
— Karie Miller, First Encounter Concert Series, Eastham, MA

Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way thats all their own. If they come your way, dont miss them.”
— Andy Wallace former Program Director, National Folk Festival; Associate Director, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts

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September 15, 20174:00 pm through September 17, 2017 to 1:00 pmFolksong Society of Greater Boston, Fall Weekendwith Susanne Salem-SchatzPrindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA
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
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, 20174:00 pm  to 6:00 pmSection House Inn House Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz824 Ski Hill Rd
Little Lake, MIchigan, MI 49833
(906) 360-3950
October 10, 20179:00 am  to 10:00 amNew Eventwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 10, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 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-Schatz112 Vine St, Kent, 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)

January 13, 20182:00 pm  to 3:00 pmBrooks Free Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz739 Main Street,
Harwich, MA
February 2, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmThe Common Ground on the Hill, Baltimore Concert Serieswith Susanne Salem-SchatzThe Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD
February 3, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmJenkins House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzManhattan, NYFor Reservations and Details Email:
February 18, 20183:00 pm  to 5:00 pmAmerican Roots: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz plus Caroline Kuhnwith Susanne Salem-SchatzArts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. SomervilleFor details, click here:
March 2, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmSusquehana Folk Music Societywith Susanne Salem-SchatzFort Hunter Centennial Barn
5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
March 3, 20188:00 pm  to 9:00 pmRichmond Folk Music -dinner at 6:45with Susanne Salem-SchatzCongregation Or Ami, 9400 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia 23235


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