Label: Bear Family Records - BFX 15046,RCA Special Products - BFX 15046 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll, Rockabilly
Back to Crackin Up - Tommy Hunt - Crackin Up. RCA arguably had the top male contender in the field, who was scandalizing and titillating audiences with his pelvic gyrations. Now the label needed a female artist to promote. This Southerlin, Va. But the story of Martin's brief Nashville career also explodes two myths propagated by 40 years of revisionist music history.
One, she might have been a teenage girl, but she could rock just as hard as any of her male contemporaries; and two, her best records, absolute classics, were recorded in Nashville--a town often portrayed as having no understanding of rock 'n' roll. Forty years later, Martin's records remain some of the most rockin', most thrilling hillbilly music ever to emerge from the Music City.
By the time she hit Nashville, Martin was already a seven-year Lets Elope Baby - Janis Martin - That Rockin Gal Rocks On of the music business. She was grooming me. He told me it was the new music, the coming thing. I thought I was cutting basically up-tempo country. I was nervous and all. I just went in, and they played the demo tape I'd sent down. They kicked it around and did their own arrangement.
There was nothing written out. Floyd Cramer and all of them were just old country people like I was. He really cooked. But otherwise, it was kind of a cold atmosphere in New York. While the sides cut in New York contain a few classics such as "Barefoot Baby," Martin's hillbilly soul shines through on the sides she cut in Nashville, especially "Love Me to Pieces," the incredible "Bang, Bang," and the sublime "Blues Keep Calling.
He said, Support Slot - Armitage Shanks - Cacophony Now it goin'? To tell you the truth, I wasn't all that impressed with Elvis at first. I've always liked Carl Perkins better.
It put a lot of pressure on me. Certain ones I went on tour with were very unpleasant to me. A few weeks before she signed with RCA, she had secretly married her boyfriend--an ironic turn of events, given one of the songs she cut at that first session. I had to chuckle to myself. It was strange.
Chet picked four songs for that session, and when he came up with that one, he said, 'This will be perfect for you, because you're young, and kids run off Tim Barry - 28th & Stonewall get married.
But after a tour of Germany in the fall of and a brief reunion with her spouse--she found herself pregnant. And that, it would have seemed, was the end of her career. Steve Sholes tried putting me into the pop field and tried to promote a more mature image.
I wasn't really that interested in it. Lets Elope Baby - Janis Martin - That Rockin Gal Rocks On wanted to settle down and have my baby. He told my mother, 'She could have been as big as Elvis or bigger. Inshe made a halfhearted return, cutting two singles for Palette Records at Owen Bradley's studio.
Then she disappeared for a time, resurfacing inafter she'd divorced for the second time. I hadn't realized how much I missed it and loved it. Martin still remembers her incredulity: "I said, 'It can't be. It can't be. Here I'd been a housewife and a mother. When I hit the stage, it was like I'd come home. Now those recordings are available, along with the four Palette sides, on one CD.
With her music back in print again, Martin has influenced a whole new generation of female rockabillies, among them Rosie Flores. In fact, it was Flores who helped reintroduce Martin to American audiences in with her Rockabilly Filly album, which featured the two women singing a couple of duets.
Now in her late 50s, Janis Martin still loves performing, but her priorities have shifted. She's settled down and content in Danville, Va. I've got a career, I've got Lets Elope Baby - Janis Martin - That Rockin Gal Rocks On happy life, and I realize that whatever I do now is gravy.
You'd be surprised at the letters and inquiries I get from people all over the world. One day, not Kid Klimax - Atlas Sound - Logos after we moved in the house we live in now, my mail carrier drove down here and said, 'Just who the hell are you?
She sings so strong, it's incredible. The duo's cover of "Blues Keep Calling" rivals Martin's original, the maturity of her voice adding even greater depth to the world-weary lyrics. Only time will tell if "The Female Elvis" will decide to reclaim her title. Even after all these years, she says, she still feels the excitement of being a musician--maybe more so than before. I guess had to become an old lady before I really appreciated it.
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