Jeffrey Martin is an American singer songwriter, born in San Antonio, Texas in 1984. While he’s been writing songs since he was in high school, he didn’t begin touring until 2010 when a few chance opening gigs fell his way. Before he ever slept out his car for music, he enjoyed sleeping out of his car all over the country just for the sake of traveling— so the anti-glamourous lifestyle of a touring singer-songwriter suited him well. Since 2010 he has criss-crossed the country with his songs, a few times in an old Isuzu Trooper, and once in a Toyota Camry with which he pulled a homemade wooden teardrop camper. And on all occasions he has his faithful road companion, a yellow lab named Ben. As often as he can he tours with fellow songwriter Anna Tivel who backs him on fiddle and mandolin. When asked whether he considers himself a musician or a songwriter first Martin had this to say:
“I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”
His music has been likened to the styles of Josh Ritter, John Gorka, and Joe Pug. He grew up on Dylan’s Blood On the Tracks and Young’s Harvest and he remembers when his dad took him to see Leo Kottke and how he was thrown into a trance by the speed of his picking.
He remembers staying up late at night with headphones, listening and re-listening to Harry Chapin songs about lost love and lessons learned, and feeling older than he was.