Martin Grosswendt

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

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Concerts, workshops in D.C., Delaware and Brooklyn!

April finds Martin and Susanne on tour, with Martin giving workshops along the way!

Teaching Hours at the Music Emporium

Martin teaches at the Music Emporium on Thursdays.

Music Camps Summer 2017

Martin has a busy teaching schedule this coming summer, at home and abroad!

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Old Songs New Hats (2015)

The first release for this dynamic roots duo, featuring drop-dead harmony singing and dazzling picking on southern blues and folk from the 20s on forward.

Mama Lou • How Can You Have the Blues • After You’ve Gone • Papa’s on the Housetop • Mistreated Mama • ​It Hurts Me, You’re the Reason

$10 (plus shipping and handling)

The Ragpicker String Band (2015)

Martin Grosswendt with Rich DelGrosso and Mary Flower, three of the top acoustic blues performers, join forces with this unique collection of covers and originals.

Honey Babe • Minor Blues • Google Blues • Blue Monk • Clean Up at Home • Motel Towel • Baby Where You Been • Black Mattie • Lonely One In This Town • By Your Side • Milk Cow Blues • Trimmed and Burning • Street Doctor Blues • Bruno’s Dream

From timeless classics to new compositions with that same flavor and flair, this trio nails it . . . one of the best things I have heard in ages.
Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue

$16 (plus shipping and handling)

Payday! (2014)

Martin’s most recent CD, available here for the first time. It features four originals, along with a terrific selection of blues on guitar and banjo, Creole fiddling and contemporary songs by Richard Thompson and Bobby Charles.

Honey Blues • Payday • Liquored Up and Twisted • Can’t See Your Face • I Can’t Be Satisfied • Mansfield’s Waltz • Delia • You’re Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond • I Will Turn Your Money Green • Mournin’ Blues • I Wish I Was in Memphis Sitting Down • Down Where the Drunkards Roll • Blues for Danny Poullard/Blue Runner • Down in Mississippi • Tennessee Blues

“Payday! secures Martin’s role in the sparse pantheon of great blues musicians — no white man’s overbite here — only a subtle guitar and voice dialogue rendered with grace and agility. Gone are the days of blues being black or white. On my marquee, Martin is ablaze in lights with the likes of Tom Rush, Dave van Ronk and David Bromberg, but also Fred MacDowell, Furry Lewis, John Hurt, and Gary Davis.”

Bill Schubart, co-founder and president of Philo Records

$16 (plus shipping and handling)

Call and Response (2003)

Martin’s first CD release is a blend of pre-war blues, Dock Boggs’ Prodigal Son, and an original Bottleneck piece, The Good Times Are Killing Me.

Fixin’ to Die Blues • Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues • The Prodigal Son • Savannah Mama • Police Dog Blues • Going to Move to Alabama • Pony Blues • Mississippi Heavy Water Blues • Sweet to Mama • Floating Bridge • Fare Thee Well Blues • The Good Times Are Killing Me

“Martin Grosswendt is about as terrific an acoustic blues revivalist as there is . . . His slide guitar playing is superb, as is his fingerpicking. As a blues singer, he can growl and shout, but can also be tender and subtle . . . the album is comprised of superb interpretations of material drawn from the repertoires of mostly-legendary source musicians . . . Hey, Martin, I surely do not want to wait another 25 years for your third album.”

Mike Regenstrief, Sing Out! Magazine

$16 (plus shipping and handling)

Dog on a Dance Floor (1979)

Martin’s 1979 recording debut, factory-sealed vinyl.  Supplies are limited.  Get ’em while they’re hot!

Many Rivers to Cross • Rope Stretching Blues • Jamaica Farewell • Special Rider Blues • Don’t Sell It, Don’t give it Away • Silver City • Come on in My Kitchen • Waltz of the Lost Partner • Sweetheart Nancy • Dog on a Dance Floor

$20 (plus shipping and handling)