Inaugural Concert in "The Martin Guitar Tour" - Presented in Association with Pitcher Sword Productions - to be Held December 11 at The State Theatre in Easton, PA
Signature Martin Artists Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan, Woody Mann and Rory Block Scheduled to Perform, Along with Tony Rice, Barry Mitterhoff, Lehigh Valley Favorite Craig Thatcher and Additional Surprise Guests
Nazareth, PA - September 23, 2010 - C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) and Pitcher Sword Productions (www.pitchersword.com) have today announced the launch of "The Martin Guitar Tour" - a new concert series concept that will kick off at 8 p.m. ET this December 11, 2010, at The State Theatre in Easton, PA. Future events in other markets around the country will be determined following this kick-off.
Artists set to perform at the December concert include Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan, Woody Mann, Rory Block - all who have had their own Signature Martin Guitar designed by the legendary American guitar maker throughout the years. Additionally, mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff will join Kaukonen, Tony Rice will join Rowan, and Lehigh Valley favorite Craig Thatcher and some surprise guests will perform. Martin's Dick Boak, the company's director of artist and public relations and a leading guitar historian, will host the event.
"I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of an event that will feature solo and ensemble performances by some of the most prominent guitar players in the world," said Mr. Boak. "For many years, we have wanted to collaborate in the creation of a Martin concert series like this. We are looking forward to seeing this concept take shape in the years to come."
Added Molly Sword McDonough, Pitcher Sword founder: "It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with C.F. Martin & Co. to present these extraordinary artists in concert together, and to launch the Martin Guitar Tour which will showcase the exceptional artistry of Martin Guitars, and a wonderful variety of Signature Martin Guitar artists."
Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. ET. More information can be found at The State Theatre's website (www.statetheatre.org) or by calling 610-252-3132.
About the Artists
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen - celebrating his 70th birthday on December 23 - is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. Jorma was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, a GRAMMY nominee and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jorma will be joined on stage by Barry Mitterhoff, an established mandolinist with both the progressive and avant-garde bluegrass movements. He's been a mainstay of such groups as Skyline, Silk City and Abaca String Band, has played the White House and is also noted for his work with Hot Tuna and with guitarist Peter Rowan.
Peter Rowan, the legendary bluegrass singer-songwriter, is a GRAMMY Award winner and five-time GRAMMY nominee. In his early years, Rowan founded the groundbreaking group SeaTrain, played under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia he broke out as both a solo performer and bandleader.
Rowan will be performing alongside Tony Rice. The two helped to reinvent American roots music throughout their solo careers, and then teamed up to release 2004's You Were There For Me as a duo, and the recent Quartet alongside Bryn Davies and Sharon Gilchrist. One of the premier exponents of flat-picked acoustic guitar, Rice parlayed his initial inspiration from Clarence White and Doc Watson into a legacy of innovation. He has also performed with the Bluegrass Alliance and J.D. Crowe and the New South, and as a part of David Grisman's groundbreaking first quintet.
Woody Mann has been called " one of those names that should be uttered only in hushed tones" by The London Times which added, "you are unlikely to hear anything - or anyone - better." He was taught by the Rev Gary Davis, studied jazz under Lennie Tristano, and has played with Son House, Bukka White and John Fahey.
Heralded as "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists" (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. Plus, she has been recognized with W.C. Handy Awards four years in a row - two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year.
(Press note: photos are available upon request.)
About Pitcher Sword Productions
Pitcher Sword Productions was founded by Molly Sword McDonough, a long-time concert producer and theater manager. Pitcher Sword represents some of the finest acoustic and a cappella musicians in the world. In partnership with C. F. Martin & Co., Pitcher Sword Productions developed the concept of the Martin Guitar Tour, which will showcase Signature Martin Guitar artists in a rotating roster of unique, collaborative concerts throughout the country.
About Martin Guitar
Founded over 175 years ago in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, C.F. Martin & Co. has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. The oldest surviving acoustic instrument maker in the world, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, many still using the design and techniques introduced by the company founder in the 1830s. The privately held manufacturer is highly regarded for creating some of the finest instruments and introducing innovations that have become industry standards in the music products industry including the now-standard X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. Current Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin, IV, took the helm of the company in 1986.
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