|Tags:||rockabilly rock and roll country blues instrumental rock oldies bluegrass rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
Thomas Grady Martin, 17 January 1929, Chapel Hill, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA, d. 3 December 2001, Lewisburg, Tennessee, USA. As a boy, Martin was obsessed with both the fiddle and guitar, and he attended all the shows he could in order to watch and learn. When aged only 15, he was taken to Nashville to play with the Bailes Brothers on the Grand Ole Opry. He and his friend, Jabbo Arrington, travelled to Chicago to play on 1946 recordings by fiddler Curley Fox and his wife, Texas Ruby. He became a resident musician on the Grand Ole Opry, but in 1949, he and Arrington joined a band formed by Little Jimmy Dickens. Their twin guitars can be heard on Dickens country hits, A-Sleepin At The Foot Of The Bed and Hillbilly Fever. Martin formed a group of session musicians, the Slewfoot Five, who recorded in their own right and were credited on hit records by Bing Crosby (Till The End Of The World) and Burl Ives (The...