Paris is an accomplished contemporary acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.
Born and raised in sunny California, Martin honed his craft amongst the
backdop of the pristine wine country of Paso Robles, playing everywhere
on the Central Coast. His versatile style and array of original
compositions has been said by fans to be catchy, toe-tapping, beautiful
and even profoundly thought provoking. His unique sound on familiar
favorites adds to his live performances. And along with his
storytelling of life, love of family and faith, he gives audiences the
opportunity to feel welcomed and invited into the journey.
|Martin began playing the guitar at an early age and studied under the
careful tutelage of his father, a graduate of music and instructor of
guitar. Shortly thereafter Martin became influenced by artists such as
Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and the Doobie Brothers.
He then discovered
the art of fingerstle guitar listening to the influences of Acoustic
Alchemy, Peppino D'Agostino, Laurence Juber and Tommy Emmanuel. By now
Martin was playing more on the Central Coast and gaining his own
audience, playing many venues, wineries and countless shows as a
soloist and founder of the Martin Paris Band.
Martin has three projects released on Solid Air Records, a Grammy award
winning record label, and three independently released projects
including a Christmas album. His music can be found on Spotify, Pandora Radio and on iTunes.
Martin has been on several television and radio shows and his music has
played on KCBX radiobroadcast on the Central Coast. He has opened in
concert for Laurence Juber (formerly in Wings) Peppino D'Agostino and
Karla Bonoff. As well as sharing the stage with guitarists Tony
McManus, Kenny Sultan and Dorian Michael. Martin has even had the
priveledge of performing a song with Tommy Emmanuel.
|A father of four and grandparent of three, Martin and his wife recently relocated to the greater Chattanooga, TN. area.
Paris' Time at Hand is one gorgeous album. Although the seven original
pieces equal less than a half hour of music, the CD feels full and
complete and carries emotional weight. The music is varied,
immaculately played, deeply satisfying. Paris hails from California's
wine country, and there is something relaxed and laid back in the
music, which blends elements of folk, blues, and even rock. Paris gets
a remarkable crisp yet warm tone, excellent sound quality, and a deep
reverby resonance that lend intensity throughout. Just listen to the
longing expressed in the beautiful melody "Forever with You," or the
chimey sounds that contrast with the depth of the bass notes on "That
One Fine Day." The title track starts off with a MidEastern vibe that
segues into a traditional finger-picked melody with a kind of call and
response bluesy refrain. There's something about that repetition that
seems to warn, time's moving on! On the very sweet "My Soulfull Love,"
written for his wife, the love really shines through the delicate
picking and a run of sparkling arpeggios, while on "Open Skys," a
spirited piece that seems infused with optimism, you feel the wide open
spaces. It has a terrific interplay of instruments: resonant bass from
Kirk MacLane, Paris's gentle acoustic, and the exhilarating electric of
featured performer Kelly Powers (Martin Paris's bandmate). Paris is
joined by his brother Brandon on another of the strongest pieces on the
CD, "Brothers in Tune." Though the sounds of each guitar are quite
different-- the acoustic deeply resonant, the electric searing--the
guitars both cut to the quick as they find a way to the heart. On
"Through the Trials," which was written for Paris's grandfather before
his death, the guitar moans while the cello, played by Bob Liepman,
underscores the sadness and love that infuse every note. That Paris
counts Tommy Emmanuel as an influence is obvious from his technical
mastery and his melodicism. But most of all, Paris's greatest strength
is the depth and emotional resonance he achieves.
© Céline Keating
A review of One Acoustic Christmas, from Minor7th's November/December 2018 reviews:
is the sixth solo guitar release from Martin Paris, who performs
extensively around Northern California’s wine country. Although
Christmas albums are somewhat of a staple and perhaps a cliché for solo
guitarists, this recording has much to recommend it. First, the audio
quality is beautiful – I fell in love with the guitarist’s tone after
listening with earbuds. Secondly, he’s an able arranger, creating
variations in different registers of the guitar and adding tasteful
chordal interludes. Paris performs the entire set on steel string
guitar, utilizing a well-developed fingerstyle technique. Highlights
include the album’s opener, "Deck the Halls," "The First Noel," "What
Child is This?," and "Joy to the World." On "Silent Night," Paris
employs the aforementioned arranging devices for one of the most
successful pieces in the set. This disc will reward serious as well as
casual listening and undoubtedly will sell well at Paris’s gigs. " ©
Patrick Ragains - Minor7th.
"Focusing inspiration on the subtle yet meaningful nuances
of life, Martin takes us along on an introspective journey into our own human
frailties and joys, at levels of consciousness long since forgotten but
immediately remembered. With
impeccable fret work and an inherent sense of timing, Martin effortlessly crafts
each and every note to be an integral and necessary component of the shared
musical experience, provoking all within earshot to stop and take quiet
Mike Kosin , Discovery Point
to read the Paso Robles Magazine on Martin Paris' "Turning Point" CD release.
From 2012, a review of Martin's "Acoustically Speaking" by Minor7th:
"Martin Paris is a fine fingerpicker, as revealed on "Acoustically
Speaking," his third solo recording. It's fitting that Paris is playing
a Martin OMC-LJ28 on the opening cut, "Acoustic Attitude." The tune
reveals several elements (walking baseline, chord patterns) that
reflect the stylings of Laurence Juber, the inspiration for that Martin
model and obviously of this piece, even down to Juber's common DADGAD
tuning. Paris does well in matching the titles of his songs to their
feel. For example, "Low Resistance" is meant to show that even in
life's trials, there are better days ahead. So the guitar whines and
moans with string pulls and call and response treble and bass parts to
reflect our common lot with a hope that all isn't dark. "Twenty Seven
Ocean View" contains some lush chordal work augmenting a sweet melody.
The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" – covered by hundreds of players – gets a
lively arrangement. You can tell Paris is a Beatles fan. "Liam's
Lullaby," written for his first grandchild, is a sweet melody full of
warmth and light. We even get some funky 12-bar blues on "Deja Blues."
Paris understands the dynamics of a fine steel string guitar with its
shimmer and sustain, and uses it to good effect on most all the songs
on "Acoustically Speaking." This is really a disc of life, love, and
faith, and Paris infuses his playing of these 12 tracks with the
personal quality all good music possesses." - by Kirk Albrecht.