August 22, 2019

Dearest Friends & Supporters, 

     The For the Love of Western Swing artwork took a little longer than I had expected but oh was it worth it. Rod McGehee delivered an amazing work of art for the cover. Jason Landry's silhouette photo was superimposed over the...

In high school a friend lent me an album called Mel Tillis and Bob Wills In Person. It was my first serious introduction to the joy of Western swing. Later as a teenager I would sneak into Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin Texas to hear the music of Asleep at the...

December 31, 2018

Farewell 2018! You were a year filled with distant travels, new shows, homecoming concerts, and Texas Hill Country recurring performances that allowed me to provide for my family--a year my family members saw joy, heartache, recovery, and happiness. On behalf of my fel...

August 28, 2018

Years ago while traveling with the band from the Texas Hill Country through Eastland County, the home of our guitar player Chris Reeves I realize that our route to Northern New Mexico could include a stop in Turkey, Texas. 

Why Turkey Texas? Well you might ask Ray Benso...

June 18, 2018

So when I woke up at 5:38 in the morning in my Sedona, Arizona room realizing that I had never seen the Grand Canyon (and I have been to Arizona more than 10 times in my life), I decided I needed to go. I had discussed it with my wife the previous day so my mind was ma...

February 9, 2018

As technology progresses in the world of website design I've moved into my own wix.com created, user friendly, easily updatable website. 

So I spoke with the webmaster who built and updated my previous version of johnarthurmartinez.net and I told him I needed...

January 14, 2018

I'm not going to badmouth the record label executives who believed in my music and enabled me to record in some of the best studios in Texas and Nashville with some of the best players in the world, but let me tell you nothing was ever profitable for me and I didn't st...

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