|Martin Paris is a
contemporary acoustic finger style guitarist. Drawing on inspiration
from California’s pristine wine country, under layered by a strong
faith and family, Martin brings his versatile array of original
material and adds his unique style to some familiar favorites. His
music takes you on an instrumental journey by blending pop, rock, folk,
blues and ballads. Listeners and fans have called the music
catchy, toe-tapping, beautiful and profoundly thought provoking.
|Martin was first taught
guitar by his father at age twelve. Shortly thereafter becoming
influenced by such artists as Eric Clapton, the Doobie Brothers, James
Taylor and Loggins & Messina. As he honed his craft, finger style
influences included Laurence Juber, Tommy Emmanuel, Peppino D’Agostino
and Acoustic Alchemy.
Martin has three projects available and released on Solid Air Records,
a Grammy award winning label, “Turning Point” “Guitarist Off The Vine”
and “Acoustically Speaking”.
His performances include the
Cuesta Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, a repeated featured
artist for the Lazy Locals Concert series at Castoro Cellars, Morro Bay
Harbor Festival, featured artist for Steve Key’s Songwriters at Play
showcases, and countless appearances at over 80 area wineries and
has also opened concerts for Grammy winning guitarist Laurence Juber,
Peppino D’Agostino and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff. As well as
performing on KCBX and KRUSH radio and KSBY television in San Luis Obispo.
“The acoustic guitar inspires me to create. As I continued to grow
musically, my experimentation with altered tunings led me to some of
the great finger style players. Many of my compositions are my
emotional response and a reflection of events in my life. Music is a
gift from God that I love to share”.
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.