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What people are saying about the Martins…
I have recently met some folks that give new meaning to "On the Road again", the Martin Family Band of Versailles, MO. WOW ! What a touring schedule, but you know it doesn't surprise me one bit. What a Talented group of folks! This Family Band will entertain you like you've never been entertained before. Now I've told you about the talent, which is great, but now I'm going to tell you the best part, they are some of the very nicest, and friendliest people I've ever met, and I'm one old boy that is proud to know them. If they come to your area, you'll find out just what I mean... and if you don't go to see them, shame on you!
Bob Elston (Maine Academy of Country Music)

The Martin Family may be young in years, but their music sounds like they have  been together for many years beyond their age. If you like hard driving bluegrass, with a taste of originality, you will love the fresh sound of the Martin Family Band
Steve Dilling (IIIrd Tyme Out)


Contact the Martins at:
(573) 569-1018
bluegrassmartins@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 6677
Jefferson City, MO 65102



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Facts About The Martins

Genre: Bluegrass,
          Acoustic Country,
          Bluegrass Gospel


The Martins are:
Larita  - Dobro and Vocals
Janice  - Banjo and Vocals
Dale  - Guitar and Vocals
Jeana  - Fiddle and Vocals
Lee - Mandolin and Vocals
Anne - Bass and Clogging



Contact the Martins at:
(573) 462-0675
bluegrassmartins@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 6677
Jefferson City, MO 65102



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Career Highlights (Accomplishments)

47 SPBGMA Midwest Awards! (2004 - 2016)
including 4 Times "Vocal Group of the Year"
and "Instrumental Band of the Year" for 12 years!

Over 100 SPBGMA Midwest nominations! (2003 - 2016)
For a complete list of awards and nominations click here.

The Martins are the 2007 SPBGMA International Band Championship Winners
2002 Silver Dollar City 'Youth In Bluegrass' Contest Winners


Bluegrass Festivals and other Venues
2007 Rhonda Vincent Bahamas Bluegrass Cruise
Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO
Music In The Mountains - Summersville, WV
Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival - Sidney, ME
Podunk Bluegrass Festival - East Hartford, CT
Franklin Bluegrass Festival - Franklin, KY
Blythe Bluegrass Festival - Blythe, CA
Starvey Creek Bluegrass Festival - Conway, MO
Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival - Waldron, AR

Television Appearances...
WMBD 31 - Peoria, IL
Pepper and Friends - KOMU TV-8 - Columbia, MO
KAIT TV 8 - Jonesboro, AR

Live Radio Broadcasts...
KRLL 1420 am - California, MO
Saturday Morning Classic Country Show - KS95 95.1 fm - Versailles, MO
High Lonesome Sound - KOPN 89.5 fm - Columbia, MO

Contact the Martins at:
(573) 569-1018
bluegrassmartins@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 6677
Jefferson City, MO 65102



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Articles About The Martins
The family that plays together
In just four years the Martin family learns to play and makes a name for itself
Rural Missouri - Nov. 2004 http://www.ruralmissouri.org/04pages/04NovMartins.html




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CD Reviews
June 4, 2008

CD - In Transition                                               
      Cold Lonely Night    
I started off playing "In Transition" & you had me after the first song. "This is the real deal with the real feel". No frills bluegrass. Just great straight ahead stuff. There were many high points within the project: beautiful lead & harmony singing, excellent instrumental work, but what I thought was the big deal was the song selection. You just had a great balance of tried & true traditional songs mixed in with other lesser known songs. You picked many songs that are not played anymore but have a big following such as; Hey Lonesome, Hello Trouble, & Who'll Sing For Me. Beautiful acappella on Who'll Sing. Both projects went 1,000 mph & didn't stop for anything. You had to listen to them several times in order to get the full impact of the fine lyrics, beautiful singing, and the fervor and enthusiasm in their voices. I played "In Transition" in its entirety and my request line was ringing off the hook. I'm sure "Cold Lonely Night" will have the same impact. The more you hear these projects the more you want to continue to hear them.
Al Shusterman - KCBL/Backroads Bluegrass - Sacramento, CA

August, 2008
"Cold Lonely Night"
The talented Martin family consists of Larita (age 17) on Dobro; Janice (19) on banjo; Dale (20) on guitar; Jeana (21) on fiddle, and dad Elvin Martin, on bass. Each member’s vocal prowess permits great diversity in song presentation. The band is passionate about the music they began playing in 1999; amazingly, their exciting style of bluegrass is self-taught. Each member not only contributes to tight vocal arrangements, but also provides strong instrumental support. This project is enjoyable, hard-driving bluegrass from start to finish. The family's list of accomplishments so far includes a first-place finish at the 2007 SPBGMA International Band Championship, and and first place at the 2002 Silver Dollar City Youth In Bluegrass contest.Highlights on this CD include the tight harmony and high lonesome sound of “Lonesome Whistle.” The ensemble shines on the straight-ahead catchy title track. No-one will question this band’s instrumental talents after listening to “Tom And Jerry” or a brisk “Knee Deep In Bluegrass” This family’s impressive debut is totally satisfying, and their potential seemingly unlimited. This reviewer looks forward to their next release.
Bob Mitchell - Bluegrass Now Magazine

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47 SPBGMA Midwest Awards!

2016   Instrumental Band of the Year 
           Vocal Group of the Year
           Dale -  Male Vocalist of the Year
           Janice - Banjo Performer of the Year
           Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year
        

2015    Instrumental Band of the Year
            Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
            Dale - Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
            Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year

2014    Instrumental Band of the Year
            Vocal Group of the Year
            Entertaining Group of the Year
            Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
                          Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
            Dale - Guitar Performer of the Year
            Janice - Banjo Performer of the Year
            Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year
           
2013    Instrumental Band of the Year
             Vocal Group of the Year
             *World Of Our Own* Bluegrass Album of the Year
              Janice - Banjo Performer of the Year
              Dale - Guitar Performer of the Year
              Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year
              Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
                            Female Vocalist of the Year *Traditional

2012    *Instrumental Group of the Year*
            Larita - *Dobro Performer of the Year*
            Janice - *Banjo Performer of the Year*
            Jeana - *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
           
2011    Jeana - *Fiddle Performer of the Year*

2010      *Instrumental Band of the Year*!! (7th Consecutive Year)
              Dale - *2010 Guitar Performer of the Year*
              Janice - *2010 Banjo Performer of the Year*

2009      *Instrumental Group of the Year*
              *Vocal Group of the Year*
              Larita - *Dobro Performer of the Year*
              Janice - *Banjo Performer of the Year*
              Dale - *Guitar Performer of the Year*

2008      *Instrumental Group of the Year* 

2007       *Instrumental Group of the Year*
               Larita - *Dobro Player of the Year*
               Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*

2006       *Bluegrass Band of the Year Contemporary*
               *Instrumental Group of the Year*
               Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*

2005       *Instrumental Group of the Year*

2004       *Instrumental Group of the Year*

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Over 100 SPBGMA Midwest nominations!

2016   
           Vocal Group of the Year
           Instrumental Band of the Year
           Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)
           Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
                          Female Vocalist of the Year
                          Songwriter of the Year
           Dale -     Guitar Performer of the Year
                           Male Vocalist of the Year
           Janice -  Banjo Performer of the Year
           Larita -    Dobro Performer of the Year
           Lee -       Mandolin Performer of the Year

2015    Instrumental Band of the Year
            Bluegrass Band of the Year (Traditional)
            Vocal Group of the Year
            Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
                          Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
            Dale -   Guitar Performer of the Year
                         Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
            Janice - Banjo Performer of the Year
            Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year
            Lee - Mandolin Performer of the Year

2014    Instrumental Band of the Year
            Bluegrass Band of the Year (Traditional)
            Vocal Group of the Year
            Entertaining Group of the Year
            Jeana - Fiddle Performer of the Year
                          Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
            Dale - Guitar Performer of the Year
            Janice - Banjo Performer of the Year
            Larita - Dobro Performer of the Year
            Elvin - Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)

2013      *Bluegrass Album of the Year - World of our Own
              *Bluegrass Band of the Year
              *Instrumental Band of the Year
              *Vocal Group of the Year
               Elvin *Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year
               Larita *Dobro Performer of the Year
               Dale *Guitar Performer of the Year
               Jeana * Fiddle Performer of the Year
                           *Female Vocalist of the Year - Traditional*
               Janice *Banjo Performer of the Year

2012         *Entertaining Group of the Year*
                 *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                 *Vocal Group of the Year*
                 *Bluegrass Album of the Year - World Of Our Own*
                 Elvin *Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                           *Entertainer of the Year*
                 Larita *Dobro Performer of the Year*
                 Dale *Guitar Performer of the Year*
                 Janice *Banjo Performer of the Year*
                 Jeana *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                             *Female Vocalist of the Year - Traditional*
                  
2011          *Entertaining Group of the Year*
                  *Vocal Group of the Year*
                  *Instrument Band of the year*
                  Dale  *Guitar Performer of the Year*
                  Elvin  *Bass Performer of the Year*
                  Larita  *Dobro Performer of the Year*
                  Jeana  *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                  Janice *Banjo Performer of the Year*

2010         *Vocal Group of the Year*
                  *Instrument Band of the year*
                  Dale  *Guitar Performer of the Year*
                  Dale  *Male Vocalist of the Year Traditional*
                  Elvin  *Bass Performer of the Year*
                  Larita  *Dobro Performer of the Year*
                  Jeana  *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                  Janice *Banjo Performer of the Year*

2009        *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                 *Vocal Group of the Year*
                 *Album of the Year* (Cold Lonely Night)
                 *Entertaining Group of the Year*
                 Janice - *Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)*
                 Janice - *Banjo Performer of the Year*
                 Elvin - *Bass Performer of the Year*
                 Jeana  - *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                 Dale  - *Guitar Performer of the Year*
                 Larita - *Dobro Performer of the Year*

2008         *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                  *Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary)*
                  *Entertaining Group of the Year*
                  Larita - *Dobro Performer of the Year*
                  Jeana - *Fiddle Performer of the Year*
                  Dale - *Guitar Performer of the Year*
                  Janice - *Banjo Performer of the Year*
                  Janice - *Female vocalist of the year (traditional)*

2007          *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                   *Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary)*
                   Jeana - *Fiddle Player of the Year*
                   Dale - *Guitar player of the Year*
                   Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*
                   Larita - * Dobro Player of the Year*

2006          *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                  *Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary)*
                   Elvin - *Bass Player of the Year*
                   Jeana - *Fiddle Player of the Year*
                   Dale - *Guitar player of the Year*
                   Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*
                   Larita - * Dobro Player of the Year*

2005           *Bluegrass Album of the Year* - Blue Side Of Lonesome
                   *Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary)*
                   Jeana - *Fiddle Player of the Year*
                   Dale - *Guitar player of the Year*
                   Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*
                   Larita - * Dobro Player of the Year*

2004           *Instrumental Group of the Year*
                   Jeana - *Fiddle Player of the Year*
                   Dale - *Guitar player of the Year*
                   Janice - *Banjo Player of the Year*
                   Larita - * Dobro Player of the Year*

2003           *Instrumental Group of the Year*

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2007
They won 1st place in the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN

2004
4th Place in the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN

2003
13th Place in the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN

2002
1st Place -  "Youth In Bluegrass" band contest at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO

2001
1st Place Lewis and Scott Bluegrass Reunion Band Contest, Grassy, MO

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