Kelly Marie Martin | The Last Kind Word

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The Last Kind Word

by Kelly Marie Martin

This album of originals is a unique reflection of some singular times and travels--the ups and downs of life and love through the lens of old time music and desktop aural poetry.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Everyday of the World (For Audrey Hash Ham)
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2. Interlude 01 (Failure)
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3. April
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4. Your Rockin' Bow Don't Roll No More
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5. Interlude 02 (Yo Bear!)
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6. Alaska
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7. Interlude 03 (Subway Zz)
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8. Ragged Moonshine
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9. Interlude 04 (Simon Sez)
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10. Fox and Raven
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11. Interlude 05 (Marlboro Yawn)
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12. It's a Blues
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13. New Direction
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14. Interlude 06 (Esta Noche)
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15. Time Has Come
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded by Ben Townsend (Questionable Records) in Louisville, Kentucky in the autumn of 2016. Ben also played banjo, fiddle, electric guitar and bass and mixed the album. Additional instrumental and vocal contributions by amazing Louisville musician and solo artist Cheyenne Mize. Harmony vocals on one track by Vermont musician and egg-eating travelling companion Ida Mae Specker. A chorus for a chorus back added in LA by the 1642 Chorus of Wayward Booze Hounds and accordion contributed by Angeleno Erin Schneider. Mastered by Carl Saff Mastering. Produced by Kelly Marie Martin and Ben Townsend.

This is Kelly Marie Martin’s first solo album. As a friend said, “It’s a breakup record.” She used to write songs with that friend (Kelly and David as the Twilight Auguries). Kelly also used to make sound pieces, sound designs for video works. Until she got turned on to old time music - the deep and winding stream of American fiddle and banjo tunes and songs and her whole life changed. It happened to happen as she was falling in love. She married the guy and they had a band, an old time trio (Triple Chicken Foot) for over ten years. They did a lot of cool stuff, travelled, met some wonderful people and helped to grow a community of players and dancers in Los Angeles. Then it all fell apart. This is all splitting seams, threads laid bare to be expected. The dark rip ruptured. A marriage broken. No details here. Not necessary, it’s results this album.

Kelly writes:
“Afterall, there were sights. Signs. Still, a stranger who was once the one person without condition. One with whom to turn towards the unknown or unforeseen without apprehension and with confidence and Love. Everything will be ok. Until it’s not. That person is not your person, there presence now an Absence. There are so many songs about this uniquely human experience. I have one to be sung. It’s about that deep, dark blue place of tears and wretchedness. Betrayal is a funny thing. It takes you by surprise in spite of suspicion. Yet beware, Suspicion is a view of your own creation. Masks what you see for your sea. This place ain’t right for me now, nohow. Gotta turn around, seek a new direction. And so, i did. It’s a Strange sea, the last kind word.”

A few of the songs were written in the inspirational cloud of learning to play old time music, a few while mired in the heartbreak (hail to dark chocolate, wine and weed!) And a few while at the Turkey Land Cove Foundation residency in Martha’s Vineyard in October of 2016. The sound interludes are a favored mode of working -- aural poetics. Ambient sounds captured while rambling round this world or by chance, hearing her uncle’s voice on an old film interviewing the McGee brothers in 1975 or asking the poet who had written a poem about the word “failure” to speak it for her. Add a little synth, some feedback guitar, these sound pieces work to weave the whole thing into one. Enjoy and hum. Thrive and strum.

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