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Camp Hill, PA—Award winning photographs from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2014 Photo Contest will be on display for one week at C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar), 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth. The Gallery will be available starting at 10:00 AM Monday, December 8th until 10:00 AM Friday, December 12th. Martin Guitar is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Martin Guitar factory tours are 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. The Martin Guitar Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 11 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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C.F. Martin & Co. was audited today by Staff Auditor Hope Saginario of the Rainforest Alliance.  C.F. Martin & Co. is audited annually, plus reassessed every five years, to evaluate conformance to the relevant FSC Chain-of-Custody Standards, and has been FSC Chain-of Custody certified from 1997 to 2004 and 2007 to present.

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Nazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Carmen Cortez has been promoted to Director of International Sales. Carmen will be responsible for sales in Europe.  Carmen joined C. F. Martin & Co. in 1993 as a manufacturing coworker. In 2000 he moved into Martin’s Quality Assurance Department and was then promoted to manufacturing department manager assuming management responsibilities of Martin’s Finishing Department until 2005.

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PA State Parks and Forests Photo Gallery Tour Coming to Martin Guitar

Camp Hill, PA—Award winning photographs from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2014 Photo Contest will be on display for one week at C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar), 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth. The Gallery will be available starting at 10:00 AM Monday, December 8th until 10:00 AM Friday, December 12th. Martin Guitar is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Martin Guitar factory tours are 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. The Martin Guitar Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 11 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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Martin Guitar Undergoes Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Audit

C.F. Martin & Co. was audited today by Staff Auditor Hope Saginario of the Rainforest Alliance.  C.F. Martin & Co. is audited annually, plus reassessed every five years, to evaluate conformance to the relevant FSC Chain-of-Custody Standards, and has been FSC Chain-of Custody certified from 1997 to 2004 and 2007 to present.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Chris Thomas to Director of Artist Relations

Nazareth, PA – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Thomas to Director of Artist Relations, assuming responsibility for all artist-related matters including the highly esteemed Martin Ambassador Program, conception and development of Custom Artist Signature models, and general Artist Relations matters. Thomas will also continue to oversee Festivals and Trade Shows for the 181 year old family-owned firm.   

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Carmen Cortez to Director of International Sales

Nazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Carmen Cortez has been promoted to Director of International Sales. Carmen will be responsible for sales in Europe.  Carmen joined C. F. Martin & Co. in 1993 as a manufacturing coworker. In 2000 he moved into Martin’s Quality Assurance Department and was then promoted to manufacturing department manager assuming management responsibilities of Martin’s Finishing Department until 2005.

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Martin Guitar Receives Nine Awards Including Guitar of the Year from Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014 Player’s Choice Awards

C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) guitars and products have received an impressive nine accolades through the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2014 Player’s Choice Awards, including Guitar of the Year for their iconic D-28 model.           Countless makes and models were figured into the full voting process, but only a select few were in competition for the desirable Guitar of the Year honor.

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DCNR, C.F. Martin & Co. Form Partnership to Demonstrate Sustainable Forestry at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary - Ellen Ferretti today announced a partnership with C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth for a demonstration area at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center to help educate visitors about sustainable practices for forest health. C.F. Martin & Co. is providing $25,000 to support the creation of the 15-acre area to showcase a forest in different stages of succession with interpretive signage for visitors on sustainable management practices.

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Win the Chance to Be Part of Music History With Band Aid 30

Fundraising campaign website Prizeo is giving away a once in a lifetime experience, spending time in the studio with the very best of British music talent and witness music history as Band Aid 30 re record one of the best selling singles of all time; “Do they know it’s Christmas?” On Saturday 15th November, one member of the public will be invited to join the likes of Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Sinead O’Conner, Paloma Faith and One Direction in a London recording studio. They’ll meet all of the artists and be part of the recording process, as they’ll have the opportunity to record a line from the song. Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodation will also be provided, from anywhere in the world.

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Forest Stewardship Council Recognizes Conservation Champions

NEW ORLEANS – At a time when many organizations are building strategies around environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council lauded a dedicated group of leaders in an awards ceremony at Greenbuild 2014.

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In Stores Now: New Burton Easy Livin Snowboard Designed with Martin Guitar & Danny Davis

Burlington, VT - This fall, Burton Snowboards, Martin Guitar and Burton Pro Snowboarder Danny Davis have come together to collaborate on the new winter 2015 Easy Livin snowboard that blends Danny’s love of snowboarding and music. Now available in select stores worldwide, the new limited edition Easy Livin snowboard promises to be a collector’s item for snowboarders and guitar players the world over.

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The Women's International Music Networks Announces the 2015 She Rocks Award Recipients

Needham, MA — The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce the 2015 She Rocks Awards honorees. Taking place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:30pm during the NAMM Show, the third annual She Rocks Awards honors women who stand out as role models in the industry. Tickets are on sale now.

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Florida Georgia Line Takes Anything Goes Tour Worldwide With 2015 Major Headline Tour

NASHVILLE, TN - Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line made a surprise appearance on NBC’s TODAY this morning, joining Al Roker for the weather and forecasting their forthcoming headline dates – ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015. The superstar duo will bring their seize-the-day attitude and raucous party anthems to arenas worldwide, including a stop at the fabled Madison Square Garden on February 25 in New York City.

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Guitar Center and Converse Announce 2nd Annual 'Get Out of the Garage'

ARTIST DISCOVERY PROGRAM SEEKS TO UNEARTH THE NATION’S BEST INDEPENDENT MUSICAL TALENT Los Angeles, CA - Today, Guitar Center and Converse Inc. announce the launch of the second annual Get Out of the Garage artist discovery program offering emerging musicians the chance to launch their career and attain national recognition. At stake is a prize package offering a chance to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs weeknights at 10:35 |11:35 CT pm ABC, studio time at the state-of-the-art Converse Rubber Tracks Recording studio in Brooklyn, new gear, $25,000 cash and more.

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Martin Guitar Plants First Wildlife Garden as Part of a New Conservation Landscape Inititive

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., (Martin Guitar), in Nazareth, was first to take advantage of new funding available for conservation landscaping projects in the Lehigh Valley. About two hundred native shrubs and perennials were installed near the entrance of the famous guitar facility, and Martin Guitar added another forty-five plants on their own. The new plantings feature an interpretive sign that explains the wildlife value of the new garden. “I wanted this garden right near our main entrance where people can see it,” said Chris Martin, owner of Martin Guitar, during the official garden opening earlier this week.

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Thomas Rhett Strikes a Chord with Martin Guitar

Nashville, TN – C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. proudly invites hit singer/songwriter THOMAS RHETT into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program today, which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar's history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, last week before a tour stop to meet Martin's craftsmen and women, marketing team and Martin's Chief Product Officer, Fred Greene, to begin discussions on his Custom guitar. He joins a roster of artists across multiple genres, including Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Colbie Caillat, Jason Isbell, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, The Milk Carton Kids, James Valentine of Maroon 5, to name a few.

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Author Signing: C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a Foreword by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

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In Honor of World Elephant Day - Martin D-28 Guitar (left-handed) Autographed by Paul McCartney to #SaveElephants, Benefitting The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, VA – One of the most beloved Singer/Songwriters of all time is helping save one of the world’s most beloved species in honor of World Elephant Day. The Nature Conservancy will auction a Martin D-28 (left-handed) guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney provided by Martin Guitar, founding sponsor of The Nature Conservancy’s #SaveElephants initiative tomorrow at 9 am Eastern. You can learn more about bidding on this one of a kind guitar at http://bit.ly/1yr1npS. Sir Paul has worked passionately for decades to make the world a better place for animals. In a nod to Woody Guthrie’s famous guitar, Sir Paul wrote “This Guitar Saves Elephants” on this gorgeous Martin D-28 that is left-handed like Sir Paul plays. A fitting slogan since the funds raised will be directed to The Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, a global effort to work with partners in Africa, China, and elsewhere to increase security for elephants on the ground and to reduce demand for ivory.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a foreward by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

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Martin Guitar Celebrates Legacy of Craftsmanship With Five New Models at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19

Models to include Anniversary Limited Editions and Popular X series Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902) – July 8, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) continues to celebrate their outstanding legacy of craftsmanship with five new models to be unveiled this July at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville. Two unique limited edition anniversary models will pay tribute to Martin’s factory locations on Sycamore Street in Nazareth, PA and Navojoa, Mexico. Attendees will also be introduced to this year’s exclusive Nashville show special, a follow up to the popular D-42 model showcased at Summer NAMM 2012, and two stunning new additions to the acclaimed X model series.

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Martin's Got That "Louvin Feeling" at Summer NAMM 2014

Martin Guitar Custom Shop to unveil two new models – The First Ever Photo-Imprint Design Paying Tribute to the Louvin Brothers and the CS-GP-14 Nazareth, PA (NAMM, Booth 902)– July 7, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will pay tribute to beloved gospel and country legends The Louvin Brothers when they unveil the new D-28 Louvin Brothers Custom Signature Edition at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville, July 17-19. It is the first guitar made by Martin that features a special photographic imprint on the solid Sitka spruce top, with a graphic inspired by the Louvin Brothers’ iconic album cover, “Satan is Real.”

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Industry Icon Martin Guitar and The Nature Conservancy Partner to Save Elephants

Custom Guitars to Include the name Satao to honor Elephant Recently Slaughtered for Ivory Arlington, VA – June 26, 2014 –It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000, with an estimated 20,000 elephants killed last year alone.  Tragically, one of the world’s largest and most famous elephants, Satao, was recently killed by poachers in Kenya, fueling global outcry for action.  To help end the worst poaching crisis in history, Martin Guitar and The Nature Conservancy launched a partnership today to ramp up efforts in Africa and China through #SaveElephants, a campaign to increase resources for elephant protection, add to growing global pressure on leaders, and to provide concerned individuals with opportunities to take action.   Music artists have also lent their support as elephant ambassadors to help raise awareness.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Jerry Lawlor to International Sales Manager

NAZARETH, PA – July 16, 2014 - C. F. Martin & Co.  is pleased to announce that Jerry Lawlor has been promoted to International Sales Manager where he will be responsible for global customer management and sales leadership encompassing Martin’s Guitar and String divisions. Jerry joined C. F. Martin & Co. in 2011 as the String Sales Representative and has been responsible for global string sales and sales management since 2012. 

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Gregory Paul to Chief Technology Officer

NAZARETH, PA – June 9, 2014 – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Gregory Paul has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) within the company,  assuming responsibility for quality assurance, corporate operations, community relations, information technology, research and development and legal regulatory and government affairs.

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C.F. Martin & Co. Announces the Promotion of Fred Greene to Chief Product Officer

NAZARETH, PA – June 2, 2014 – C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to announce that Fred Greene has been named Chief Product Officer (CPO), assuming responsibility for all product-related matters including product strategy, conception and development, production, innovation and product management.  He will continue to be responsible for key aspects of Martin's guitar and strings businesses, including the incredibly successful Custom Shop, new model designs, and manufacturing.

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Chris Martin to Accept Sustainable Standard-Setter Award On Behalf of C.F. Martin & Co. at the Rainforest Alliance 2014 Annual Gala

Nazareth, PA - The Rainforest Alliance will honor C.F. Martin & Co. with the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award at their annual gala this evening, May 7th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The dinner and awards ceremony recognizes industry champions who prioritize environmental sustainability.

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Hunter Hayes Announces Tudor Watch U.S.A. as Official Timekeeper of "Hunter Hayes' 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger"

Nashville, TN – Multiple GRAMMY-nominee Hunter Hayes is celebrating the May 6 release of his highly anticipated album Storyline by teaming up with ConAgra Foods to end child hunger while attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in 24 hours. Announced today, TUDOR Watch U.S.A will be the Official Timekeeper for the "Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger." Throughout the race, Hunter will be wearing a TUDOR Heritage Chrono timepiece and upon conclusion, this special timepiece engraved with the official race logo will be auctioned to raise money for Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Fans can join the conversation on Twitter using #HHRECORDWEEK as Hunter attempts to break the world record during his exciting record release week.

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John Mayer: Laurel Canyon

mayer onlyHidden away from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is a tranquil, woodsy neighborhood called Laurel Canyon. This small community, where the homes literally cling to steep canyon walls, occupies a special place in American music history.

From the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, the bands and artists living and working here crafted a sound that still resonates today. It's best described as a blend of folk, rock and pop mixed with bright California sunshine. Laurel Canyon was where Crosby, Stills and Nash first harmonized. It was where Joni Mitchell fused poetry and music. It was where the Mamas & the Papas moved folk closer to pop. James Taylor and Carole King helped the singer-songwriter movement take root in Laurel Canyon. Jim Morrison called the place home. So did Gram Parsons and Brian Wilson.

The distinctive music created by the cross-pollination of talent in Laurel Canyon continues to inspire. John Mayer, an artist who usually cites the electric blues as an influence, felt a deep connection to this special sound. He picks up where the legends of Laurel Canyon left off with his new album, Born and Raised. You'll hear a mix of styles and genres that evoke the sunny, laid-back rock of late-'60s Los Angeles.

John plays his Martin John Mayer 00-45SC, which brings the warm, sun-drenched melodies reminiscent of Laurel Canyon to life.

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Dierks Bentley: Station Inn

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If you think of bluegrass as country music’s cousin from the mountains, it would only make sense that an artist like Dierks Bentley would love Nashville’s Station Inn.

The place is practically a shrine to bluegrass and its deep Appalachian roots. When you walk in, you’ll see boarded-up windows and mismatched chairs. You can take in a show in seats from Lester Flatt’s old tour bus.

But the music is amazing. All the bluegrass greats have played at the Station Inn. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, The Sidemen, Alison Krauss and Union Station, plus countless other talented musicians, have played within the venue’s poster-filled walls. It’s a nightly celebration of country music’s bluegrass heritage.

So when 19-year-old Dierks Bentley walked into the Station Inn and first heard The Sidemen playing on the cramped stage, a love affair with bluegrass was ignited that continues today.

From his first recordings to his latest, Home, Dierks knits ancient and modern sounds that give the music a timeless quality. The songs he first heard at the Station Inn echo throughout his work.

Dierks’ custom acoustic guitar is a Martin Signature HD Dierks Bentley. It’s perfectly crafted for giving country music an earthy bluegrass flavor.

 
 
 
 
 
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