Folk Radio UK Premiere’s ‘Reciprocity’ duet with Eric Lichter (Loudon Wainwright iii Cover)

Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin - Reciprocity (+ Song of the Day)Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin – Reciprocity (+ Song of the Day)

by on 10 MARCH, 2015


Our Song of the Day is a premiere from Daphne Lee Martin with her new cover single “Reciprocity”, a song some of you may recall came from the pen of Loudon Wainwright III which featured on his T Shirt album from 1976.

Daphne Lee Martin has clearly given a lot of thought to the songs she’d like to cover and her reasons for covering this song just emphasise her admirable approach:

I chose this cover because I grew up listening to the more comic songs of Loudon Wainwright iii and when I stumbled on a vinyl copy of the T Shirtalbum and gave it a spin, I was completely struck by the depth and darkness of the lyrics in this piece. When I asked around, it seemed like hardly anyone had even heard the song, let alone covered it. It’s a tremendous piece of writing and I hope that more people will discover his more obscure catalog.

In this instance she not only delivers a very fine version accompanied by Eric Michael Lichter, owner of Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, CT. but together they breathe new life into it. The song is one of a series of stand alone covers, set to release this spring.

The T Shirt album was, for want of a better explanation, released at the wrong time when the music climate was shifting to punk rock. A narrow-minded journalist on Rolling Stone added fuel to the fire by slaying it in a review that reportedly saw Loudon take to his bed for 5 days. Time has healed that wound and it has since been re-mastered but what better measure of a song then to see a young talent like Daphne Lee Martin cover it out of a genuine love of the songwriting.

For those who need their memories refreshing on the original, how about this live 1977 performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

Elmore Magazine Premieres ‘I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You’

elmoreEXCLUSIVE: Daphne Lee Martin Covers Tom Waits – Listen

Daphne Lee Martin, Tom Waits, You Say Trouble I Say Fun tour

As a part of her series of cover song singles, Daphne Lee Martin is releasing her version of the Tom Waits classic “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” and Elmore has the exclusive premiere.

The song (the original of which first appeared on Waits’ debut album, Closing Time) centers on Martin’s smoky, mournful vocals, accompanied by a reverb-drenched piano and some spare synth strings. It is true to the spirit, if not the instrumentation, of the original, which is perhaps one of the most explicitly romantic songs in Waits’ large, diverse catalog.

Check out the track below, and catch Martin on her You Say Trouble I Say Fun tour through March 23.


Next Show with Hannah Fair & the DuPont Brothers

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Daphne Lee Martin
New London, CT
Forever blending genres in the legacy of the great Tin Pan Alley songwriters, Daphne takes beloved traditional southern roots sounds and runs them through megaphones, mellotron, a very old tube amp, a swamp and a dark alley or two. As always, the lyrics are fermented and distilled in a bathtub full of misfit Interbellum prose.

The DuPont Brothers
Burlington, VT
Two brothers reunite after years of geographical separation by a fortified collaboration in music. Blending the contemplative winters of the northeast with the solitary beauty of southwestern desert, Sam and Zack DuPont are now coconspirators in a shared passion that runs deep in their family. This Burlington Vermont made duo has hit the ground running since the formation of the group in March of 2013. The brothers have recently shared the stage with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ben Sollee, Gin Wigmore, Chris Thomas King, Langhorne Slim, Howie Day and The Lone Bellow to name a few. Lush finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation. The sound is Vermont made Folk-Americana.

Hannah Fair
East Hampton, CT
We don’t congratulate a runner when they have just started a race. No matter how great a lead they have built in the early going and how inevitable their victory seems, it’s just not the right time. Likewise, now is not the time to congratulate Hannah Fair, despite all she has accomplished already. We can celebrate, of course, the fact that she has already released a wonderful album, Open Road. We can cheer about the fact that she has recorded a live session for today’s preeminent music site, Daytrotter. And we can rejoice in the fact that she has a growing collection of new songs that we will get to hear when she reaches the next mile marker of a new album. So don’t congratulate her yet, but do watch her run the rest of the race: see her command a stage in person; sit with her records and wonder how she wrote a song just for you; listen to her switch lanes from folk to Americana to blues to something all her own, seemingly without effort. Ignore the fact that you know Hannah Fair is going to win, and enjoy watching her get to the finish line.

Off till 2015! Thanks for a great year!

Well, the year is finally winding down. So many big life changes in 2014 I can’t even count.  I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who was a part of it:

Tour-mates James Maple, Amy McCarley and Hannah Fair

Fantastic band Isaac Young, Brad Bensko, David Keith, Stephen Cusano, Thor Jensen, Danny Motta, Gary Buttery, Rob Funk, David Dorfman, and Matt Lindauer

Amazing session players that have been working so hard to help make the forthcoming releases a reality, Alison Kelley, Anjanine Bonet, Graham Thompson, Dayna Osan, Matt Covey, Julio Amaro, Craig Edwards, Michael Day, Kaia Pazdersky, Rob Zeigler, Jess Brey, Matt Ross, Andrew Camacho, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, Jared Horner, Sue Menhart, Bob Burt, and Matt Potter

Home Team holding down the fort at the studio and record shop while I galavant about the country Marko Fontaine, Tanner Davis, David Freeburg, and my fantastic husband Rich Martin

Rupam at Never Better and all of the radio stations across the country that added, spun and charted Frost.

The bloggers, journalists, tapers and everyone who wrote about, documented, helped book, played on, or came to the shows. So so so many of you amazing peeps!



12/12 show with Ron Gallo!

Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 8.21.53 PMYep, me and this guy are doing it up right at The Oasis Pub on December 12th! I will be trotting out a few new songs from the forthcoming album #FallOnYourSword and Ron will be melting faces as usual.  Here’s the event page for more details!

Ron’s new album is just wonderful. You can check out his new music in all kinds of places on the interwebs, but here’s a new video…

Ryan’s Smashing Life debuts ‘Ambulance’ (TV On the Radio)

TV on the Radio – Ambulance (The Daphne Lee Martin cover)

THE RIGHT COVERAGE – Set to release on the same day as TV on the Radio‘s long-awaited new album, this is the World Premiere of this most worthy TVOTR cover by Connecticut songstress DAPHNE LEE MARTIN. On the track, Martin is accompanied by Graham Thompson (guest co-vocals) and David Keith (drums). All other parts are covered and recorded by Daphne herself.
Meet Daphne – After a whirlwind affair with roots music, garnering her several songwriting and performance awards, including CT Music Awards’ 2012 Country Artist of the Year and Whalie Awards’ Album of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin is back in force with a new collection of songs on her latest pair of records, Frost & Moxie (Telegraph Recording Company). Since its release, the albums have been featured on The Needle Drop, Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton’s Listen, Dammit, NPR’s Where We Live, No Depression, WTNH’s CT Style, The Day’s Live Lunch Break, and Boston Dig, Surviving the Golden Age, Daytrotter, Radio K, as well as a number of other national blogs and zines. Moxie charted in the Top 200 CMJ weekly chart (with over 45 adds) and was included in Under the Radar’s official SXSW Sampler followed by three national tours including SXSW. In 2014 Daphne was nominated in the New England Music Awards for Female Performer of the Year as well as the CT Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year.What’s Next? More covers before the release of a new album of Daphne Lee Martin songs. “This is the 3rd cover release in a series, there are at least 3 more coming over the next few months,” writes Daphne, adding she intends to tease audiences with a forthcoming album, Fall On Your Sword (2015). Definitely One To Watch.

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