Martin Grosswendt is best known as an interpreter of 1920s and '30s blues, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. As a solo artist, Martin has shared the stage with legendary performers including Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee, Sam and Dave, Taj Mahal, Paul Geremia, NRBQ, Henny Youngman, and many others. Martin plays Telecaster and sings with Susanne Salem-Schatz in the Boston-based band Honky Tonk Masquerade. He also plays bass (and occasionally fiddle, guitar, and accordion) with the popular Cajun dance band Magnolia, and plays guitar and sings with the Rhode Island Bluegrass super group the Pegheads. Sunday evenings usually find him at the Skellig in Waltham, Massachusetts, playing rhythm guitar with ace fiddler Alan Kaufman, helping to lead the Boston area’s longest-running old time music jam. In recent years Martin has released two CDs, Call and Response and Payday!, which feature country blues classics, more contemporary, roots-oriented material and original compositions. His 1979 LP, Dog on a Dance Floor, is still available on vinyl.
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