#AfterglowTour is off and running!

Join us for the first leg oflookdownsafeharbor the journey on the Eastern Seaboard and through the midwest! Follow along on Instagram @daphneleemartin and on twitter @damecalico and Facebook. And we are using the hastags #FallOnYourSword #AfterglowTour and #WheresYourSafeHarbor if you want to keep up thatta way!

I am so happy to say that I’ve teamed up with my hometown heroes at Safe Harbor Brewing to spread the good word about their delicious beer along the way! And stay tuned over at the shows page for last minute additions to the tour!

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American Songwriter premieres Eskimo Bro!

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Song Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin, “Eskimo Bro”

Written by September 29th, 2015
4544Singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin, an Ohio native who now makes her home in Connecticut, returns this fall with her fourth full-length album, Fall On Your Sword, out October 2. Martin is an elusive songwriter, and her songs slink their way through the worlds of pop, R&B and avant-garde, often with edifying results. Listen below to “Eskimo Bro,” one of the standout tracks from the new album that features Becky Kessler of Violent Mae on guitar.




Dig the new session, recorded this Sprindlmdaytrotterg with Isaac Young and David Keith.  We had absolute blast recording this, so much fun in fact that we all went and got tattoos right after our session.

This one includes three trio versions of songs from the forthcoming album Fall On Your Sword and one bonus song that will be on the next record, Scared Fearless.

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EXCLUSIVE: “Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Head” Is Daphne Lee Martin’s Funky, Soulful New Single

elmoreGenre-bending is practically run of the mill these days, but have you ever heard an artist claim to run the gamut from “elements of hot jazz, indie folk, latin, opera, hip-hop, and cinematic pop”? Meet Daphne Lee Martin, the woman behind this ambitious catalogue of influences.

On her single “Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Head,” she sets out to show off her chops as a truly versatile lyricist and vocalist, even incorporating a rap verse by artist SuaveSki. Her sultry vocals blend jazz and soul, but the music is inflected with a funky, percussive groove.

The video juxtaposes shots of Martin performing with idyllic shots of nature and surreal glimpses of black and white film. Lyrically, the song stays true to the commitment of her latest effort to tackle the idea of storytelling in all of its facets: “fables, fairy tales, Bible stories, mythology, poetry, cautionary tales, traditional folk songs, and American popular culture of the 20th century.” She picks her title from a biblical tale, and weaves gospel elements throughout.

Her latest album, Fall On Your Sword, will be out on October 2nd. Catch her in New York City when she hits the CMJ Music Marathon in mid-October, or throughout the rest of the country on her fall tour.



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Album Review from GIGsoup!

Screen shot 2015-09-20 at 11.23.56 AMDaphne Lee Martin ‘Fall On Your Sword’ 

Martin flirts with multiple genres from smooth jazz, to rap, folk to Spanish flamenco. The experimental air about this album gives it a unique edge, containing raw imagination, the kind the music industry hasn’t seen for while. Multiple tracks include fragments of public speeches, each carefully utilised to convey a very specific message.

Martin embarks on a journey to create an album that is both timeless and aware of current trends. Her deep, soulful, smooth vocals are dripping with passion and spirit, blending perfectly in the balance of each track.

With this album, Martin is showing the world her vast capabilities and vivid imagination. An expression of real gumption and resourcefulness, it intertwines a multitude of genres together without making it feel disjointed or out of place. Even the Crazy Frog makes an appearance! She is definitely someone paving the way for new directions with this unique collection of tracks. An album that should certainly satisfy those craving some clever song writing and interesting arrangements.

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The Big Takeover Song premiere: “Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Head” by Daphne Lee Martin

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Daphne Lee Martin

9 September 2015

Fall On Your Sword is the fourth full-length album from Daphne Lee Martin, and the first to be produced by the songwriter herself. According to Martin, this collection of songs was written as a whole, “encompassing memories of fables, fairy tales, Bible stories, mythology, poetry, cautionary tales, traditional folk songs, and American popular culture of the 20th century.”

The result is rich, compelling, and funky, as this track, featuring rapper SuaveSki, ably demonstrates. Turn it up!

Fall On Your Sword comes out October 2, via The Telegraph Recording Company.


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Notes from Left of the Dial: Daphne Lee Martin

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Daphne Lee Martin. (Photo: Pola Esther)

In Notes from Left of the Dial this week, I take a look at some songs from Daphne Lee Martin, Days of Elisa, Postcards From Jeff and Rosie June. What have you been listening to this week?

Daphne Lee Martin, “I’d Take a Bullet for You”
Connecticut singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin knows that without a steadily beating heart a song is just an empty vessel for empty emotion. But over the course of a handful of records, she has given life to the music that inhabits those albums. Her voice is clear, her words distinct and her music culled from a wide assortment of influences—which makes them feel timeless but also curiously prescient in their examination of current musical trends. There will always be something wonderfully restorative about a simple song told in supreme confidence, and Martin has that inherent conviction running throughout her history.

She’s gearing up for the release of her fourth record, “Fall on Your Sword,” Oct. 2 via Martin’s own Telegraph Recording Co. And in advance of that album, she’s shared the single “I’d Take a Bullet for You,” and it’s an addicting combination of jazzy riffs, brassy horn arrangements and a voice that rings out clearly in the middle of everything. Martin has found an ebullient pop aesthetic that fits her musical tendencies perfectly. This song places a series of spoken word narratives among the music and uses them as a bridge to tell a very specific story. Still, Martin isn’t revealing everything—she’s merely tempting us with the promise of more stories to come.


Live Stream Show Aug. 28th!

5We are gonna trio it up for you guys, with a stripped down set around my baby grand piano. There’ll be a ton of new songs, we will try and take requests and the best part is, you can watch it in your underwear from the comfort of your own home! Sign up at the link below and we’ll see ya on the 28th!

We may also have a small live audience in the living room for this, so if you’re interested in attending, drop me a line at telegraphtouring@gmail.com !


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