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Daphne Lee Martin’s   Raise the Rent Voted Best Country act at the 2012 CT Music Awards! 

Genre: Honky Tonk Cabaret or Countrypolitan
Wrung from the rags of New London’s speakeasies, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent stir together a wicked musical cocktail, drawing from the deep well of the American songbook. Fusing honky-tonk torch vocals with swing and gypsy fiddling, swirling jazz-pop, and ragtime harmony singing, they bring together the gems of their own original songs with a top-shelf selection of beloved American broadsides of a bygone age. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy evening of sweet melodies or a night of swinging tunes, Raise the Rent is a band you must pull over to hear!
Featuring the sultry voice of ‘Dame Calico, Daphne Lee Martin’ — whose melodies and delivery would be at home in a ’30s Parisian café, a midnight set in a Nashville honky-tonk, or a blues juke in East Baton Rouge — ‘Raise the Rent’ are one of the area’s finest and most unique bands.” Rick Koster, The Day

equal to anything Dr. John might have conjured up in his voodoo lair.” Vincent Bator,

smokey, smooth and effortlessly sexy” Corrine Jensen,”New London’s queen of smokey bar room Americana leads her band of troubadours through a full album of awesomeness.” Chip McCabe,

These songs unfold like some tapestry of America’s great and complex musical traditions. If this record is any indication, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent are not mere arbiters of this tradition. Much more than that, they raise it to a new level, thus ensuring its endurance into the 21 st century and beyond.” – Don DiMuccio, Motif Magazine

the music is a little dirty, a little dangerous but a hell of a good time. ” Chip McCabe,

In Lieu of Flowers” is a perfect example of Daphne Lee Martin’s strong songwriting chops, as well as her predilection for combining Old Timey melody with contemporary imagery” Don DiMuccio, Motif Magazine

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent have made it clear that they have no intentions to playing to the purists.” Adam Wujtewicz,

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