ANNOUNCING AUSTRALIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER JODI MARTIN’S NATIONAL ‘DIESEL’ TOUR, 2016
'...Moving songs of disarming honesty and one of the most soulful voices in Australian roots music’
DAVID CURRY, CANBERRA TIMES
‘If you like James Taylor and Jack Johnson, you’ll love Jodi Martin. Authentically Australian.’
‘Martin’s take on folky soul is her own’
TIME OUT MAGAZINE, LONDON
Out of Ceduna’s coastal desert region, travelling singer-songwriter Jodi Martin has been quietly clocking up miles with her suitcase and guitar since she was 17 years old.
Now she’s on the road again, kicking off a three month National ‘Diesel’ Tour in August 2016, showcasing the second single from her new Saltwater extended album. Jodi and her sister Robyn Martin will travel Australia, weaving soulful guitar and bass grooves, poignant and hilarious true stories, and beautiful harmonies as only sisters can.
Jodi Martin has always focused on the coal face: songs and people. In hushed rooms across several continents, Jodi has never stopped sharing her insightful and humorous stories, and honest Indie Folk songs.
As a songwriter, Jodi hits her stride with the stunning extended album, Saltwater, out through MGM, 5 August 2016, consolidating her position as ‘one of Australia’s most talented singer songwriters’ (The Weekend Australian). Boasting three self-penned bonus tracks, this is goosebump territory.
In the words of The Waif’s Josh Cunningham, ‘Saltwater is an Indie Folk masterpiece of catharsis, laced with humour and hope.’
Saltwater’s rootsy and richly layered sound sees producer Shane Nicholson at his best, and the album features several co-writes with folk legend Arlo Guthrie. These collaborations, including the standout cheeky eco-single ‘Criminal’, were born on a songwriting road-trip from New Orleans to New York, after Jodi lived through four Canadian Winters in Montreal, honing her songwriting craft. Between tours in Canada,
Jodi studied with experimental composer Louis Dufort, digging deep into her passion for creating songs.
But dramatic changes soon swept through Jodi’s life and Saltwater’s disarmingly upbeat songs navigate her challenging journey through the
tragic loss of her brother and then her home, to a fire.
The album’s title Saltwater references the healing power of the ocean, and importantly, the power of saltwater tears to heal the scars of loss. Songs like ‘Round The Corner’ are about facing the pain, feeling it, and finding transformation by releasing those emotions, instead of burying them: ‘I’ve cried till there was healing, I’ve screamed out at the sky, and still believed that love would somehow get me by’.
There is a sense throughout the album of a steadying force holding firm through emotional storms: ‘That King Pin holds your steering true as you come around the corner’ (Round the Corner), or in the heart wrenching breakup song, Magnetic North: ‘It’ll always be there, Magnetic North’.
The album’s first single ‘Saltwater in My Hair’, released last year, is an iconic tribute to the ocean, and the healing properties of saltwater. The single was warmly received on several packed out regional tours last year, from Port Fairy Folk Festival, to Coober Pedy to Cairns. Jodi’s guest appearance on ABC TVs Back Roads series saw her back in her hometown of Ceduna, singing Saltwater in My Hair for the locals by an oyster- laden campfire.
The Saltwater Extended album stands firmly in the reality of the moment and looks unflinchingly to the future with strength, hope and love.
And of course there is that trademark Jodi Martin humour too. The latest single ‘Diesel’ is a classic example; a fun, toe-tapping yarn about op-shopping and keeping what you love on the road, despite the odds! With a Kombi-driven music video highlighting Jodi’s free spirit, the quirky single ‘Diesel’ spearheads Jodi’s National Tour from August to October 2016.
Extended album out 5 Aug through MGM
NATIONAL ‘DIESEL’ TOUR 2016
Featuring Robyn Martin as bass player and special guest.
CEDUNA, SA - FRI 12 AUG, 8PM Ceduna Memorial Hall WUDINNA, SA - WED 17 AUG 7.30PM Wudinna Hall
PORT LINCOLN, SA - SAT 20 AUG, 8PM Nautilus Arts Centre ADELAIDE, SA - SUN 21 AUG, 4PM Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton ALBURY, NSW - SAT 27 AUG, 9PM Albion Hotel
BENDIGO, VIC - SUN 28 AUG, 3PM, Bendigo Folk Club @ The Old Church on the Hill CANDELO, NSW - FRI 2 SEPT, 8PM Candelo Town Hall
CANBERRA, ACT - SAT 3 SEPT, 7PM Smith’s Alternative
KIAMA, NSW - SUN 4 SEPT, 3PM Illawarra Folk Club @ Kiama Community Centre KATOOMBA, NSW - FRI 9 SEPT House Concert, Details: email@example.com NEWCASTLE, NSW - SAT 10 SEPT, 8PM Carrington Bowlo, Carrington
SYDNEY, NSW - SUN 11 SEPT, 7:30PM Camelot Lounge, Marrickville PORT MACQUARIE – WED 14 SEPT, 7PM Latin Loafer
COFFS HARBOUR, NSW - FRI 16 SEPT, 8PM Jetty Theatre
BYRON BAY, NSW - SAT 17 SEPT, 8PM Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow BRISBANE, QLD - THU 22 SEPT, 7:30PM The Junk Bar, Ashgrove TOOWOOMBA, QLD - FRI 23 SEPT, 8PM Irish Club, Toowoomba EUMUNDI, QLD - SAT 24 SEPT, 8PM The Green Room, Imperial Hotel FORDSDALE, QLD - SUN 25 SEPT, 12PM Fordsdale School of Arts MELBOURNE, VIC - FRI 30 SEPT, 8PM Thornbury Theatre
BALLARAT, VIC - SUN 2 OCT, 2PM Sutton's House of Music FREMANTLE, WA – THU 6 OCT, 7:30PM Kidogo Arthouse WINGHAM AKOOSTIK FESTIVAL, NSW - 14-16 OCT 2016 DARWIN, NT - FRI 21 OCT, 8PM Darwin Railway Club MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL, VIC - 28 - 31 OCT
HOBART, TAS – THU 3 NOV, 8:30PM Republic Bar
WARRNAMBOOL, VIC – SUN 6 NOV, 4PM ‘Women in Song’ Cally Hotel
Jodi Martin’s passion for songwriting is an unbreakable thread weaving throughout her life and steering her course. She began writing at the age of four. At sixteen, Jodi’s song ‘Why’ was recorded by Kasey Chambers on the Dead Ringer Band’s ARIA Award winning album, Home Fires. When Jodi was nineteen, she was invited on the first of several tours with the legendary American singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, son of folk music pioneer Woody Guthrie.
By her early twenties, on the strength of two critically acclaimed indie folk albums, Water and Wood and 15 Minutes Out to Sea, Jodi Martin was playing major Australian festivals and touring with luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Eric Bibb, Glen Hansard’s The Frames, The Waifs, Paul Brady (songwriter for Bonnie Raitt) and Arlo Guthrie.
Saltwater is Jodi's sixth release, and third studio album and marks a committed return to her Australian audiences, following several years based in Eastern Canada, touring and writing with esteemed songwriters including Louis Dufort (Canada) and Arlo Guthrie (USA).
The Saltwater album is named after Jodi’s beloved coastal desert home of Ceduna, which featured along with her band on ABC TV series Back Roads last year. The original version of the Saltwater album was launched at Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2015 and followed by several extensive regional tours with the first single Saltwater in My Hair - official music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YpCt-uDJhE . The new Saltwater Extended Album features three brand new singles, and will be released by MGM on 5 August 2016.
The National ‘Diesel’ Tour coincides with the release of the Saltwater extended album (which has three new tracks: ‘Magnetic North’ – produced by Bill Chambers and Jodi Martin; ‘Round the Corner’ – produced by Shane Nicholson; and ‘To Be With You’ – also produced by Shane Nicholson), as well as the release of ‘Diesel’, the second single from Saltwater and a Diesel music video.