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Originally from Rockville, MD, Martinez has lived in Denver, CO, for most of this century and has been a performing musician and songwriter for over 20 years. While living in the Washington, DC, area, Martinez went on to be a founding member of the rock band CubanStack, which gained a fair amount of regional notoriety in the early 2000s.
Since moving to Colorado in 2003 he found his niche in a music scene that thrives on originality and hard work. He plays a weekly local gig at Local 46 with Tori Pater that had gained much attention for featuring many great musicians from the Denver music scene as well as the occasional surprise national artist.
Martinez also is a founding member of the Denver-based rock band Dyrty Byrds, which also features Tori Pater of Polytoxic. Dyrty Byrds released a self titled EP in 2010 and a full length record called Zeitgeist in 2012. Zeitgeist was recorded at Silent Scream Studios with the great Chad “ChadZilla” Johnson at the controls.
In 2005, after a series of guest appearances, Martinez was invited to join a band that he had long been a fan of, Bloodkin, out of Athens, GA (although these days it is more in the “on call” nature). He appears on their highly acclaimed 2009 release, "Baby Told Us We Would Rise Again", which was recorded with engineer/producer David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA, and features prominent Athens musicians Todd Nance of Widespread Panic, William Tonks, and Mike Cooley and John Neff of the Drive By Truckers. Martinez was mentioned in a review of this album by David Fricke, which appeared in Rolling Stone, stating “the spike and slash of (fellow Bloodkin guitaritst Eric) Carter and Martinez’s guitars in “Wait Forever” suggest Keith Richards and Ron Wood — armed with Civil War bayonets”. Martinez has also appeared on the excellent second solo record from Bloodkin front man Daniel Hutchens.
In 2010 Bloodkin was extended an invitation to play three shows on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simpleman Cruise departing from Tampa Bay, FL, and traveling to Cozumel, Mexico. Also on board were legendary bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Drivin’ & Cryin’, and 38 Special.
Martinez has become a very accomplished songwriter. He released three almost entirely self written and recorded records. 2009's "Lonely Sacrifice" and "Saved (By Rock And Roll)" and his latest from March 2013 "Baptized In Ice" which was written and recorded during a two year stint in Minneapolis, MN. These albums showcase Martinez's songs in simple, straight up rock and roll arrangements. All of which are available online.
In September 2010, Martinez was extended an opportunity to sit in with a long time influence, Widespread Panic, at the Charlottesville Pavilion, guesting on the long time Panic classic, "Fishwater".
Martinez has played on the same stage or collaborated with many prominent artists such as Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones), Widespread Panic, John “Jojo” Herman (Widespread Panic), John Popper (Blues Traveller) George Porter Jr., Eric McFadden, Taylor Hicks (American Idol), Willy Waldman & Brian Jordan, Jerry Joseph, Wally Ingram, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cecil "Peanut" Daniels, Back Yard Tire Fire, Robert Walter, Robert Mercurio, and Fred Wesley, plus Polytoxic’s annual re-make of The Band’s “The Last Waltz” where he sings and plays guitar on Neil Young’s Helpless. Polytoxic’s Last Waltz Revisited celebrated 10 years of shows this Thanksgiving 2014 with a sold out show at The Boulder Theatre and the first (hopefully of many) showing at The Fillmore Denver!
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