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Live Bookings: Andrew Bailey
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Martin Stephenson was born in Durham, in 1962. He formed The Daintees in his teens with the deliberate intention of showcasing a broad range of musical styles.
Debut single ROLL ON SUMMERTIME was issued by Newcastle’s Kitchenware Records in 1982. Successful and critically acclaimed albums BOAT TO BOLIVIA and GLADSOME, HUMOUR & BLUE followed over the next ten years, before Stephenson began to cut his ties with the mechanics of the mainstream music business.
Over the two decades since, Stephenson has released a succession of strong self-produced albums from his home in the Highlands of Scotland, including 2013′s CALIFORNIA STAR.
Stephenson has played literally thousands of concerts in thirty-plus years of gigging – and it is a safe bet that there will have been a unique moment in each of them from this engaging and spontaneous live performer.
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BRITISH SONGWRITING TREASURE MARTIN STEPHENSON RETURNS WITH THE DAINTEES FOR NEW CAREER LANDMARK ALBUM NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Much-travelled, much-loved British singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson and his band the Daintees are back with a new career highlight, more than 30 years after Stephenson first emerged as one of our most distinguished performers.
Stephenson’s restless troubadour spirit has now amassed an extraordinary catalogue of 40 albums, and the latest addition is another landmark. ‘California Star’ is the band’s first record to appear in a new deal with Absolute Marketing, distributed by Universal, and stands as delightful proof that a fifty-something artist can go on getting better and better.
‘California Star’ shines with all of Martin’s amassed influences, from folk and country to Americana to rock ‘n’ roll, but with plenty of the style that’s pure Stephenson and no one else. “I just went on a little journey with it,” he says.
“I don’t have huge budgets now, but I like that, it makes you resourceful. Rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t built on huge budgets, so it’s good to have a little bit of pressure. Sometimes if you’ve got huge budgets,” he adds with his trademark understated humour, “you end up sitting in the jacuzzi when you should be playing.”
‘California Star’ is already being heralded as the Daintees’ finest work since ‘Boat To Bolivia,’ and that’s some comparison. That was the 1986 debut that announced one of the most perceptive songwriters of the day, with a thoughtful, layered sound in an age of excess. The NME said of Stephenson’s song craft that he “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.”
“There’s lots of different dimensions in music,” muses the Durham native, who now lives in Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands, where he also runs his own small label for young artists he admires, Barbaraville. In the summer, he played to 5,000 admirers in the acoustic tent at Glastonbury, and will be taking the new songs from ‘California Star’ to a venue near you soon.
“Sometimes, no matter how open rock ‘n’ roll people think they are, they can have a blinkered view of how the scene and the universe shift,” he says. “You’ve got to redefine yourself. It just depends whether you’re connected to it or not.”