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Friday, December 18, 2009

Asa Martin day #2

An anonymous visitor requested some more Asa Martin stuff, so here we go. On the left, you can see an advertisement for Martin's Radio Round-Up that aired daily in the morning over WHAS and WLAP in Louisville. The Round-Up featured, apart from Martin and his Kentucky Hillbillies (see photo), also many other artists from that region, including also James Roberts, the son of Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. Martin recorded with both Doc and James during 1928-1934, but Doc retired in 1934. James was a regular feature on the Round-Up, where he also met his future wife, who went under the name of Irene Amburgey (her real name). In 1939, she was a guest at the Round-Up and met James. They married and moved to Bluefield, Virginia, and then to Atlanta. That's where James Roberts became James Carson.
However, Asa Martin was a big star in Louisville during the 1930s and 1940s. Although he never launched a nationally career, he was quite popular in the region. Martin appeared on several radio stations, made personal appereances and promoted country events.

Here are more of his songs:

1. Coal Tipple Blues (Fiddlin' Doc Roberts Trio)
2. Darling Nellie Gray (with James Roberts)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you very much.
Can you tell me if is possible to find Asa Martin CDs for sale on Web?
Roberto

Mellow said...

Roberto,

I didn't find any Asa Martin CD, although this would be a good task for Document Records. Rounder released an LP with Asa Martin songs, probably in the late 1960s or early 70s. Maybe you'll find it on eBay. Some of Martin's songs are featured on the Kentucky Mountain Music comp. I think the El Diabolo Tun Tun blog posted this one.

regards

Anonymous said...

Thank you again.
I have about 10 Asa martin tracks from the 20's,some in good shape, some in poor shape, and if you like I can shared with you all.
Roberto

Mellow said...

Yes, that would be great! Can I post them on my blog? You can find my e-mail adress on my profile site.

regards

Anonymous said...

I tryed to send 10 Asa Martin To you, but all tracks returned back.
Troubles with your Email addres?
Plese contact me.
Roberto

Mellow said...

No, but my e-mail provider only accepts attachments of ca. 4 music files, because it has not much storage space (only about 12 MB).