Bob Martinson Then and Now
Bob Martinson has been actively pursuing his music career
for over 15 years. His first taste of the spotlight came when he joined an original
band called C.O.D. Although they played primarily in the Dutchess County area,
their music won them a gig in New York City at Doctor B's in Soho. A couple of
years and several bands later, Bob was instrumental in forming and performing in
the very popular local band, "Airborne", which performed throughout the tri-state
area for six years.
C.O.D. Bottom Photo: Bob, Phil, Andy, Doug.|
Bob then decided to go solo and explore the world of
Midi-sequencing. As a result, he has assembled an impressive combination of
state-of-the-art equipment. This has enabled him to create uniquely rich, full
sounds, ‘studio- quality" recordings, and remarkably accurate reproductions of
hundreds of popular "oldies" to current "top forty" songs and Country, along
with all Bob's original songs.
Bob released two singles in 1992', "You're a Part
of Me" and "Be My Love", which he co-produced with Keith Alexander and mixed at
Sonic Studios in Freeport, Long Island. Both songs received recognition and
praise for their sensitive lyrics and melodic continuity. Bob admits that love
was the inspiration for these tunes. Bob has released an album in 1993' with two
pop rock songs titled "Love me Good" and "Take time to Love" plus one country
song titled "Blue Tick Hound". Bob is confident that this new album will receive
the same or better recognition his first cassette did. "You're a Part of Me"
made the Midwestern Top 30 Pop Record Chart and went to number "3" for the months
of June and July 92'. "Take Time To Love" and "Love Me Good" also hit number 1
for two months on the top 30 chart.
Bob released a 10 song CD in late 1994 Titled "A Man and his
Music". The songs "Shirley's Song", Don't Go", "Oh Lord Why Have You Taken Me
Away", "Blue Tick Hound", "Caroline Past", all made it to the top of there
charts, Country or Pop Rock. Bob just released a compilation CD, with two
songs on it "I'm Thankin' You Sweet Baby James" and "I'm an Alcoholic" both
songs went to the number 1 spot of their charts. Bob has released 3 more compilation
the years of 1997, 1998, and 1999. All songs went to number 1 of their charts.
Bob is signed to the "Empty Sky
Records' label and is leading the very popular groups
"The Bob Martinson Band" and
"The Bob Martinson Show".
Bob plays guitar and sings lead vocals in the bands. Martinson is a true
believer in the now-dying breed, the good old- fashioned bar bands. His
repertoire runs the gamut from Billy Ocean to Bob Seager to the Eagles, and
spans four decades. He can easily rock with songs from Eric Clapton or the
Rolling Stones, or slow it down with a song from Lionel Richie or George
Michael. Although he plays mostly cover tunes in his show, Bob also prides
himself in his ability to focus on original tunes.
Bob has just released a cassette Titled "Music is
My Life". There are 3 new original songs on the cassette all of these songs
went to number 1 of their charts.
Bob is beginning to enjoy
increased media attention and popularity, appearing on "Poughkeepsie Live"
which is broadcast over a local cable TV network. He is frequently in
the "Rhythm and News" Magazine, and has been the focus of
several articles appearing in such publications as "Mid-Hudson Valley News"
and the "Poughkeepsie Journal." Tune your radio to 950am WHVW the Q-man show,
Poughkeepsie, NY and listen to one of Bob's songs every morning. Bob was
recently on "WBNR" in Beacon, NY to promote his new CD. It's a pretty good
bet you can catch Bob's act just about any weekday or weekend at a local
night spot such as The Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, The Roseland Ranch
in Stanfordville, The Derby in Poughkeepsie, and the Moose Club in Hudson.
Bob also donates his time to entertaining the elderly by playing at many area
nursing homes, such as
Eden Park in Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess Manor for the Elderly in Poughkeepsie, and the
Baptist Home Brookmeade.
Although music is obviously
his first love, Bob pursues other interests and embraces life to the max.