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Sleeping Dogs

by Martha's Trouble

acoustic folk & pop music fronted with spine-tingling vocals that will hold you captive
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brighter From Here
4:40 $0.99
2. Under A Pale Moon
3:29 $0.99
3. Let Me Stay
3:51 $0.99
4. My Friend
4:16 $0.99
5. Free
4:36 $0.99
6. Goodnight Ray
4:02 $0.99
7. The Day Will Come
5:05 $0.99
8. Some Peace Tonight
3:12 $0.99
9. 100 Miles To Charleston
4:25 $0.99
10. Bitterness Hotel
4:24 $0.99
11. Where I'll Be
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
FM Odyssey's Alternative to the Grammy's

"The only way to describe her voice is a cross between Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays & Alanis Morissette. Now mush those two together and make them sound angelic"

"my true love always has been grass roots folk music...thanks for making me fall in love with the genre all over again"

"Martha's Trouble very well could be Hamilton's Best Kept Secret"
Jim Marino-CFMU | Freewheeling Folk Show

A cup of hot coffee on a café table somewhere in the American mid-west, out of gas on the side of the road in rural Ontario, a sleepless night in a hotel roomn Roester N.Y. - believe it or not these are the places and things Martha's Trouble calls home. After seven years crisscrossing the continent for two albums (Tale of a Foreigner and The Road Ahead), the husband and wife duo still find peace and clarity when the van is moving, when the suitcase is full, and when the next gig awaits.

With the brand new Aisling Records release of their third album, Sleeping Dogs, Rob and Jen Slocumb's steadfast expedition, not to mention their odometer, is turning the next chapter. The album, almost a road diary, celebrates the kind of freedom only offered by the endless yellow lines, the bond of love and the anticipation of arrival (or was that departure?) from their next destination.

"We're a long way from home / But things look brighter from here" (from Brighter from here) proving that the vantage point of the van window can be a poignant seat from which to think, to dream, to fall in love, to write and to discover. These simple love songs, as Rob calls them, are always whetted with a taste for adventure, and delivered with a songbird's delicacy.

Martha's Trouble has been performing together since 1994 when Jen and Rob met in Houston. A rich creative collaboration ensued, not to mention matrimony, and Martha's Trouble embarked on a relentless perennial trans-national tour schedule that sees them performing 180 dates a year in some of the continent's best loved live music rooms.

Jen's spine-tingling vocals, compared by critics to Harriet Wheeler, Natalie Merchant, and Aimee Mann, will hold you captive. Her superb talent will enchant you and convince you that every word is for you. Her voice, rich with experience, conviction, and wonder is what keeps audiences alert and returning to hear Martha's Trouble. Add to this Rob's elegant and patterned acoustic arrangements and a live experience that transcends expectations and you have just a few of the many reasons why Martha's Trouble is being heralded by critics as a duo to watch.

Sleeping Dogs is filled with journeys of the heart and concrete, or maybe it's asphalt, journeys of the body. "We're a hundred miles to Charleston / There's still several more to go" sings Jen, at once happy to be traveling and seemingly longing for arrival. It's never clear however, with hundreds of miles both in front and behind, whether the delight is in reaching each new Charleston, or like some ancient troubadour the joy is found as much in bringing songs to fresh ears as it is continuing to the next Charleston, or Toronto, or Nashville, or Buffalo, or....



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Michelle Dalziel

I had the opportunity to see them in Iowa and fell in love with them! We traded CD's and I have to tell you that Sleeping Dogs has been an inspiration both lyrically and musically. It will inspire any writer to get his guitar back out and create! Thanks for the inpirations

A. Zazubec

sleeping dogs is real music, the kind you can't stop listening to.
Jen's voice gets better with each CD,this is truly a work of art! Rob's guitar and the music arrangement is truly elegent. I haven't been able to listen to anything else since I got the CD two weeks ago. Each song has something that rings true to the heart, catches the imagination or raises a significant nuance about the simple life that we too often overlook. Beautiful music, great lyrics and wonderfully arranged!!

Brandy Senn

Just hit play!
The vocals and musical arrangement on this album are captivating to say the least. This cd is great if you are happy,sad,in love,driving or moving. Whatever your life experience you will find a song to identify with!

Michon Miller Hughes

Mellow and uplifting -- a difficult combination to find!
This mellow music doesn't bring you down, but up! That's pretty hard to do.. As a musician I could go on and on about the fabulous artistry and raw emotion present, but I think the most important aspect of this album is that it just makes you feel good.

Carol Turner

Excellent! Bought the CD for my boyfriend for Christmas. Every other present I purchased for him he either didn't like or it didn't fit. Thank goodness for this CD. He is thrilled with it!

J Cawley - Portland Oregon

If you like folk music, you'll love this CD!
This CD make's you want to play your drums and sing at the top of your lungs! Good stuff.

Seth Daire

Heard them live at a coffeeshop in August 2003, and they performed quite a few songs from Sleeping Dogs. Just got around to buying this album, and I love it. It is nearly perfect, and suspect it will be one of my favorite albums for years to come. Let Me Stay, Brighter From Here, The Day Will Come, and Under A Pale Moon are incredible songs I can listen to over and over. This is one of the best acoustic albums out there.

D. Fischbach

An outstanding collection of soulful, captivating songs
The arrangements are perfect and allow the beauty of the vocals to come through and tell the stories. Lyrical depth, tasteful musicianship. A great CD for a late-night road trip.

D. Napier

This is their best yet! Jen's vocals, Rob's guitar and the songs themselves are super. They paint a great picture of these two traveling down the road of life on tour.