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Blues

Father of all North American musical forms is the BLUES. Branford Marsalis states “… what makes the blues tradition so special is that learning the styles of older musicians is a prerequisite.”

A Chicago born, self taught guitarist, Gary Martin comes from a long history of musical tradition whose roots are in the Mississippi Delta. He has crossed the paths of many great legends that have all nurtured his talents and have guided him throughout his illustrious career starting with his uncle and lifelong teacher and mentor, the late legendary Hubert Sumlin, guitarist for Howlin Wolf, with whom Gary shared his stage while in his teens.

Teachers & Mentors: Hubert Sumlin, Wayne Bennett, Little Milton, Jimmy Johnson, Philip Walker, Carey Bell to name only a few.

Martin has performed with the world greatest bluesmen: Eddie Shaw, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Philip Walker, Matt Murphy, Pinetop Perkins, Howlin Wolf, Carey Bell, Sonny Rhodes, Jimmy Johnson, Luther Guitar Johnson, Sons of Blue, Kenny Neil, Wild “T”, Michael Coleman, Albert King, Carlos Johnson, Abb Locke, Eddie Kirkland, Hassan Khan, Phil Guy, Sherman Robertson, Eddie Clearwater, Carl Weathersby, Don Johnson, Sherman Robertson, Eddie Van Shaw, Sugar Blue, Wayne Bennett, Merle Perkins, Sam Lay, R.L. Burnside, Tom Lavin, Billy Branch, Jr. Kimbrough, Charles Taylor (nephew of late Koko Taylor) and others.

Known for his arranging and band leadership Gary has worked with touring musicians such as Carey Bell, Pinetop Perkins, Sonny Rhodes, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay, Shirley Johnson, Philip Walker as musical director.

Carey Bell

“…great blues player and never forgot where he came from”

Eddie & the Wolfgang

“the best”

Eddie Van Shaw

“…great guitar player and the best in Canada”

Hubert Sumlin

“the best … everything he knows I taught him…”

Pinetop Perkins

“…most mature and talented guitar player in Canada”

R.L. Burnside and Jr. Kimbrough

“he had great teachers … surprised us with his blues coming from Canada we figured it would be rock …”

Sam Lay

“unbelievable how he has brought the blues into the 21st century…”