Martin Stephenson
"High 7, Moon 5"

Stovepony Records wcmf004

So, as we were saying, there you were on the edge of your seat waiting for something decent to listen to...

Martin Stephenson is a supremely gifted singer, songwriter, musician and performer, whose career in music stretches back now almost twenty years. He formed The Daintees in the early 80's, one of the first bands to sign with the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based independent label, Kitchenware. Kitchenware signed Martin to London Records, and they released 4 critically received albums, "Boat To Bolivia" produced by Gil Norton, "Gladsome, Humour, and Blue" "Salutation Road" and "This Boy's Heart" produced by Lenny Kaye.

But it was live the Daintees excelled, and they would often play sell-out shows around the UK. Martin split the Daintees in 1993, and signed to Demon Records, for whom he made three, highly acclaimed albums "Yogi in My House", "Sweet Misdemeanour" and "Beyond the Leap, Beyond The Law" Following the sale of Demon in 1998, Martin continued to release albums on independent labels and to date has released a further 14 albums.

Since then he has re-convened the Daintees on several occasions and did so again in September 2007 for 2 shows at London's Jazz Cafe, performing their classic "Boat To Bolivia".

"High 7 Moon 5" sees him returning to his songwriting beginnings with a mixture of western swing, bluegrass and rootsy folk. The album features pedal-steel maestro BJ Cole, two members of UK country-rock pioneers The Rockingbirds, Sean Read & Chris Clarke, and former Chefs/Helen & The Horns chanteuse Helen McCookerybook.

Rock'n'Reel describe it as "his finest album in years". Martin continues to play live all year round over the UK, Europe, and America, working 52 weeks of the year.

"High 7 Moon 5" will be distributed by Cargo Records and available online from our good friends at Zingg Records.

Or even better treat yourself and come along and pick it up at any What's Cookin' night. For further information please email: ramblin' steve , or phone/text: 07904 210218.

"Martin Stephenson - High 7 Moon 5", Stovepony Records WCMF004

1. Teardrops In My Tequilla
2. Time Changes Everything
3. Once I Loved A Sailor
4. Ballad Of The English Rose
5. Hungry Hash House
6. Tynemouth Sands
7. Mountainous Spring
8. Joy That U Give
9. High 7 Moon 5
10. Soloman
11. The Hangman
12. Old And Grey

Tracks 4/7/8/9/10 - Written by Martin Stephenson
Track 1 - Written by Dave Fleming
Track 6 - Written by Scott Mcdonald
Track 2 - Written by Tommy Duncan, Popularised by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Tracks 3/5/11/12 - Trad arr Martin Stephenson, Popularised by Charlie Pool & The North Carolina Ramblers.

Produced and arranged by Chris Clarke and Martin Stephenson
Recorded and mixed by Chris Clarke
Assistant engineering on drum session, Fred Davis.
Mastered at Supernature by Mark Lord
Design Alison Vickers and Martin Adams stolen-image

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