The Barbara Martin Trio will be featured at Mary Baldwin University’s Nut House coffee shop on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic group will perform “Women in Blues,” a program about women blues artists from the 1920s through the 1950s. The Nut House is located in the Student Activities Center. The event is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with Women’s History Month.
Barbara Martin combines her knowledge of American women blues artists with her love of blues singing and playing to present this entertaining and educational program that gives the audience insight into American musical history.
During the program, the lives, times, and musical influences of American women blues artists, such as Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Billie Holiday and others are presented. Interspersed with anecdotes from the fascinating and colorful lives of these women are performances of the songs most representative of their music. Martin has performed the program at colleges and universities and blues festivals along the eastern seaboard.
Martin has been awarded touring grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the past 5 years and was nominated for female vocalist and recording by the Washington Area Music Awards. She began singing and playing during her high school days in Iowa and continued her musical career in Boston where she earned a master’s degree in music therapy. She has resided in the Shenandoah Valley for the past eight years, exploring the blues roots of American music through studying and performing. She has released three recordings, which have garnered favorable reviews from regional and national publications.
The Barbara Martin Trio brings a wealth of blues playing experience. Blues bassist Steve Wolf, has been a fixture on the Washington, D.C. music scene for over thirty years. He has performed with a number of artists, including Bo Diddly. Guitar wizard Mac Walter, formerly with the Deanna Bogart Band, has played professionally for over 25 years.