by Amy Roby

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December 19, 2013
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Local musician debuts solo project

As one of the founding members of locally homegrown band Buster Blue, musician Andy Martin has spent much of the last 5 years playing, recording, and touring with the group. Buster Blue’s ambitious schedule has provided him ample opportunity to hone his impressive and dynamic skills as a guitarist, banjoist, trombonist, pianist and accordion player.

Following the band’s latest release, “Sleep Less Where the Heart Is,” Martin has embarked on a side solo project titled “Up Is The Down Is The.” Recordings and performances of this effort are based around live percussion and layering of different vocal layers over looping tracks.

Martin’s inspiration comes from the many artists he’s admired over the years, from musician/songwriter/instrumentalist Andrew Bird to Radiohead songwriter and front man Thom Yorke, and their finesse at blending audio textures into their music. Martin says he wanted to try to create that atmosphere live while also incorporating rhythmic percussion.

“I’m a huge fan of the jazz/electronic beat genre,” Martin says. “Here, I’ve just added my own folksy twist. It’s forcing me to be a better musician; it’s challenging me, which is good.”

“Up Is The Down Is The” performs live next Saturday, Dec. 28 at Plan:b Microlounge in Carson City. The night’s performance is two-fold; Martin will be joined by Reno-based Tyler Stafford, who was named Reno’s Best Songwriter, 2013 at the fifth annual “Made in Reno” showcase held last spring. Stafford’s lyrics have been compared to artists such as Paul Simon and John Mayer; critics and loyal followers praise his performances for their candor and intimacy.

There’s a $5 cover and the show starts at 8 p.m. Plan:b is located inside Sassafras restaurant at 318 North Carson Street in Carson City.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

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