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Posted By: Sorcha
10-Sep-01 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: Info: Asa Martin
Subject: RE: Asa Martin
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Martin, Asa

b. 28 June 1900, Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, USA, d. 15 August 1979. Martin learned to play guitar as a child (later adding musical saw) and gained his first professional work in vaudeville and minstrel shows. He recorded for Gennett with Doc Roberts and for some years from the late 20s, he worked as a duo with young James Roberts (Doc's son). Between 1928 and 1934, they recorded a mixture of old-time songs, new numbers and parodies, on some sessions being accompanied by Roy Hobbs (mandolin). Roberts tired of the music, in 1937, and joined the navy but later, he rejoined Martin, who had a band at WLAP Lexington on Martin's popular Morning Roundup. Amongst his musicians were Stringbean and the Amburgey Sisters; one of them, Irene, married Roberts and they performed as James And Martha ( Carson ). Martin, who also worked on WHAS Louisville and WLW and WCKY Cincinnati, made further recordings, mainly comedy numbers, for Vocalion Records in 1938. Throughout the 30s, Martin appeared on countless recordings for Paramount, Gennett and ARC. He once even recorded a sketch ("The Beer Party") with some friends to celebrate the end of prohibition. In 1940, he relocated to WCMI Ashland but during World War II, he withdrew from full-time performing and moved to Ohio, where he worked in a steel plant. He retired in the mid-60s and settled near Irvine, Kentucky, where he formed and played locally with his Cumberland Rangers. In 1971, Martin and Doc and James Roberts (the original Fiddlin' Doc Roberts Trio) were reunited to play a reunion concert at Berea College. In 1974, Martin and the Cumberland Rangers recorded an album for Rounder Records, but sadly, little of his immense recorded output is available, except for occasional tracks on some old-time compilations. He continued to make concert appearances with his group, sometimes beyond his own state and even, on one occasion, to Japan. Martin, a fine vocalist and a much respected rhythm guitarist, has helped many young musicians. In later years, his brilliant memory made him a source of knowledge on the early days of the music. On 15 August 1979, Martin, after spending the morning and afternoon fishing, returned to his garden to collect cucumbers for tea; his daughter-in-law subsequently found him dead, the victim of a heart attack.