Four-String State of Mind
Jeff Martin is struggling with his demons; the ones that spur him to write his
four-string melancholic masterpieces, the ones that force him to go on tour and
ones that tell him itís only a matter of time before his band has a hit song so
big itíll surprise everyone, especially Martin.
those demos probably work at Martinís record company, but that last demon
really scares him. Thereís a hoary host of critics proclaiming Idaho godhead right now, and it wonít be
long until the kids are lining up at the record stores. Martin isnít naÔve about
Idahoís future, but he isnít jaded
either. He honestly believes he can keep making beautiful, catchy, tormented
songs that stick in your brain like gumbo sticks to your ribs and that people
are just going to leave him alone. Well, prepare yourself, Mr. Martin: Companyís
For a band
on the edge Idaho has been around a while, but never
in this form. Before their new album Three
Sheets to the Wind (Caroline), Idaho was essentially Jeff Martin with some
help from his friends. It was also basically a studio project that rarely left
the nest. This time around, itís different. Think of it as Idaho Mach 2. Thereís
actually a full-fledged band supporting Martin on this record, and many of the
songs were written as collaborations. Thereís even a summer tour. But Martin is
less that excited about that. ďIím very Ė Iím almost a little bit too insecure
about how other people perceive Idaho. I mean, I know I love what I do
and I think itís very great, but I donít really confident about it getting
across. I always think Ď Ahh,
people just arenít gonna hear it right.Ē Martin also
believes that most people probably wonít ďhear itĒ at all.
donít think weíve made a record which has crossover potentialÖ. I think that
more people would like it if they were exposed to it. I donít want to sell out.
I mean, Iíd be terrified now to be on a tour bus and really doing it, working for some big label. That
sounds a little frightening to me. I like the pace things are going.Ē
ready, Mr. Martin: The pace is about to pick up.
- J. Moon Wilkins