Benny Martin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": bluegrass fiddle Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

8 May 1928, Sparta, Tennessee, USA, d. 13 March 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Martin grew up in a musical family (his father and two sisters played as the Martin Family) and he was taught to play the guitar, mandolin and fiddle as a child - receiving tuition on the latter from Lester Flatt’s father. After making his radio debut on WHUB Cookeville around 1939, he became a member of Big Jeff And The Radio Playboys on theMid-Day Merry-Go-Round at WNOX Knoxville, and in 1942, moved with them to WLAC Nashville. They relocated to Chattanooga, playing WDOD and WAPO, and toured with Bisby’s Comedians tent show, where they worked with Rod Brasfield. In 1946, they returned to WLAC and Martin left the band and joined WSM. He worked briefly as a member of the Musical Millers on the Martha White Show before his musical talents as a fiddle player and vocalist found him in demand. During the late 40s and 50s, he played with many famous acts, including Bill Monroe,...

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