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Scared Fearless Pre-Order is up and running!

Hi Friends!

Scared Fearless is coming, my fifth studio album and the first to truly cross into both lyrical songwriting and my Appalachian beginnings. This is by far my most honest and raw project yet, and I’m thrilled to be recording it live at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter & Jim Carpenter at the helm.
The crew and I are tracking 13 new original songs- some travelogues, some cautionary tales, some confessions -all stories about the comings and goings of life, the folks who touch you for a moment and change everything forever, the folks you hold onto tight for a lifetime, and the folks that (however much you love them) it was never meant to last.
This album has been cooking for some time now and in the throes of a devastating loss, I had to put most things musical on hold for a while to endure the deepest dark of it. The songs hold new meaning now for me than when some of them were written and I love their changeability, their universal nature. It took a broken heart, but I’m growing into my shoes. It’s time.
The base goal is 5k, that will help cover the costs of studio time and manufacturing. My dream is to be able to press this to vinyl and get a publicity campaign behind it. We did that with Fall On Your Sword and it made my dream of a feature in American Songwriter a reality- boy would l love to keep building on that foundation, and now more than ever as I’m healing through this wild time.
So every penny counts, and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has been there since day one and climbed aboard since to help grow this thing. One of the things I learned about my relationship with music was  that when I needed it to be a ‘brand’ and ‘commercially viable’ it lost something very important. I was raised with music as a piece of everyday life, a comfort in hard times, a motivator, a way of telling the story of life. With this new collection of songs, and the way I’m recording it, I’m getting back to the truth and substance of what it means and how it’s as much a part of the day as breakfast or tying my shoes. That said, the rewards for contributing this time are going to be far more personal than just the manufactured product and I can’t wait to share all of it with you! THANK YOU!

https://www.gofundme.com/daphne-lee-martins-scared-fearless
Much Love,
Daphne

‘Lover I Don’t Have To Love’ Single out now on Ryan’s Smashing Life!

Lover I Don’t Have To Love – A Bright Eyes Cover by Daphne Lee Martin for Valentine’s Day!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new, unapologetic non-love song from Connecticut songstress Daphne Lee Martin. For three years now, Daphne has traveled to Boston to play The Outlaw Roadshow radio program and unveil a new love-themed song for our audience and readers. This year, she is choosing a most unlikely cover by Bright Eyes. It’s a twist without a knife, and completely gorgeous!

“Lover I Don’t Have to Love” by Bright Eyes has been one of those go-to songs that I use when coaching my bandmates’ performances. I show them live performances that I feel capture the rage and passion and sorrow and fear and recklessness that I want the piece to convey, and Bright Eyes has several live performances of this song that just slay, so we decided to take a crack at covering it, says Martin.

Bright Eyes get the cover treatment.

“I’ve never been too technical with music theory terms when asking for what I want from my band, because it’s more about feeling than execution. This song ranges through so much emotion: it growls, it weeps, it doesn’t give a fuck, it is a bottomless hole, it is lazy and fierce, delicate and cruel. It smells like bad decisions. And though I still loathe the sound of my own voice, this song is just perfect.”

CREDITS:
Isaac Young: Moog, Hammond
Kieran Ledwidge: Violin
Thor Jensen: Guitars
Danny Motta: Trumpet
Steve Cusano: Drums
Daphne Lee Martin: everything else
Final Mix and Master by Jim Carpenter
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Become a Patron & get all the goods first!

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This is our first official post from Patreon. Instead of waiting another year and change to publish new songs as part of an album (although that’s coming too!), this is a way for us to share music along the way while we build up the resources to do it right. Please do join the movement as a Patron, and share and invite friends you think would love this music to do the same! Click the link below!

https://www.patreon.com/daphneleemartin?ty=h

We Won! New England Music Awards Songwriter of the Year!

12987145_505248356343587_5294003989753199345_nWow! What an amazing time we had at the New England Music Awards. And what an incredible honor to come home with the Songwriter of the Year award. Thank you so much to everyone who voted, listened, shared the new album and came to the ceremony.

Next Up! We hit the road! #BuiltForSpeed Tour
hits the midwest and east coast in May!
See you at one of the shows!

Apr 29 | Luthiers Coop, Easthampton MA
Apr 30Meriden Daffodil Festival
May 5Dirt Floor Studio w/ Christopher Paul Stelling
May 7Firehouse 13, Providence RI w/ The Silks & Dead L.A.
May 8Atwoods Tavern, Cambridge MA w/ Gill Landry
May 9Fergie’s, Philadelphia PA
May 10Howler’s, Pittsburgh PA
May 11Al’s Bar, Lexington KY
May 12Altamont Brewing, Asheville NC
May 13Rockin’ Hard Saloon, Myrtle Beach SC
May 14The Atlantic, Gainesville FL
May 15Rain Dogs, Jacksonville FL
May 17Lulu’s, Bay Saint Louis MS
May 18Balcony Music Club, New Orleans LA
May 19 | Yellowhammer, Huntsville AL
May 20The Country, Nashville TN
May 21The Post East, Nashville TN
May 22Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
May 24New Vintage, Louisville KY
May 25World Cafe Live, Wilmington DE
May 26Oasis Pub, New London CT w/ Silverteeth

Vanyaland Video Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin releases haunting new visuals for ‘A Maturity Of Proof’

Big thanks to Rob & Vanyaland for sharing the new music video with the world! And big thanks to Casey Spectacular and Travis Lynn for making this fun, quirky art for my song!
Love, D
BY: ROB DUGUAY, PHOTO BY: AJC
Daphne Lee Martin _ AJC

The seaport Connecticut city of New London has had a quaint little music scene happening for the past few years. There are intimate bars and venues that cater to the punks and the folky types, while the I Am Fest takes the city over every September featuring some of the most legendary acts in independent music. A primary fixture in the music of New London is Daphne Lee Martin, who along with being an incredible musician owns The Telegraphrecord shop and the record label of the same name associated with her store. She’s also involved in a few arts organizations in the city and is heavily involved in organizing the I Am Fest every year. Her elegant way of singing highlights the songs she writes with subtle soul and infectious melody.

Today Vanyaland premieres the video for Martin’s haunting track “A Maturity Of Proof” from her fourth album Fall On Your Sword, which came out this past October. Shot in the basement of the old punk club El ‘n’ Gee which is now becoming the community run workshop Spark Markerspace, there’s a theme of the macabre that encompasses the entire video. Burning candles on a dirty floor, a hipster huffing spray paint, deer skulls and an awfully creepy looking lady are present. Even a bit of dark magic is shown at the end when the spray paint huffing hipster becomes a skeleton. Martin’s new music video seems like one the typical horror film fan would enjoy.

Martin has a trio of shows happening this weekend with a hometown extravaganza on Friday at The Oasis Pub with Boston native Julie Rhodes and New Jersey musician Francis Lombardi. Saturday she’ll be heading up to Bull McCabe’s in Somerville with Lombardi and then she’ll be spending Valentine’s Day at a house show in Newport with Lombardi and local folk artist Anthony Daniels. With three chances to see her play, New Englanders have no excuses.

Ahead of the shows, check out Martin’s brand new music video below.

Young Man’s Game Demo

It’s been a weird run. Roller coaster city. 
I’m so grateful for all of the things that I have been able to accomplish, and most of all the amazing lives that I’ve touched even for a moment at a time. Lots of you already know that I’ve been nominated for Songwriter & Female Performer of the Year over at the New England Music Awards, and if you’d like to cast a vote for me, well just head on over HERE and do so and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Of course, the awards are amazing honors, but at the end of the day  it’s about the songs. I have 11 finished (and maybe a few pinch hitters) for Scared Fearless, with plans to track it out in April at Dirt Floor Studios live with a stellar new bunch of players in a much more “living room” setting and no crazy over-production. Yay, peak of the coaster! Whee!

But the trough of the coaster is a thing too, I’ve run into the same troubles most independent (and, frankly, major label) artists have run into these days. Fewer and fewer people are willing to pay for music, recorded or live. And those that do still have pretty limited resources. It means the absolute world to those of us who write and perform to know that you guys are out there makin’ the world go ’round. I’ll be doing a bit less touring this year, as it’s gettin’ harder to sustain financially. But there will be some seriously EPIC shows nonetheless and the music will keep coming. I’m writing harder than ever. The weirdest part, I’m finally stepping out of character and writing as myself, and it’s scary as shit.

This song is a demo of one that will make the new album, called Young Man’s Game. Sure, it could be about a boy. Sure it could be about the industrial music complex. It’s about anything you want it to be about. It’s about you. Inspired by Bonnie Raitt.
That’s Isaac Young on Organ and Rhodes, Steve Cusano on drums, and me on everything else. Mind you, it’s not mixed or mastered or any of that craziness. It’s a demo. Enjoy, and if it moves you, the very best thing you can do is share it with everyone you think will love it!

It took a moment to learn, but a lifetime to master
And every day goes by now just a little bit faster
But who gives a damn about my good name
You know I’ll bet it all on a young man’s game

I left room for the holy ghost
But the love that it gave me was cold at most
And if you’ll give me passion, I can bear the pain
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

I can dream like a child with faith in spades
I always knew I’d rather burn out than fade
It only takes one kiss to never be the same
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

Playing with fire keeps me warm at night
It hurts like hell, but it helps me write
So lights out baby, set me aflame
You know I’m all in on a young man’s game

And if I’m in for a penny, I am in for a pound
The queen of hearts and her crooked crown
And I’ve got nobody but myself to blame
If I lose it all on a young man’s game

#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!

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.

 

DAYTROTTER!

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.

Here are a few photos from that day! Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 12.38.30 PM
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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.