Multi-award winning and multi-nominated Northern Irish blues guitarist Dom Martin will release his highly anticipated sophomore studio album A Savage Life on Friday 8 April 2022.
Echoes the second single taken from the new album, will be released Friday 25 March and will be available to stream and download from www.dommart.in/upcoming-single.
Watch the music video for Echoes below.
“Echoes is about loss and finding things that used to belong to souls that have passed on,” says Dom.
It’s a song about ghostly things and memories of the past and I guess it was inspired by me returning to Belfast after periods away during difficult times in my life.
Hailed by many as the blues’ biggest Irish export since the iconic guitarist Rory Gallagher, 2022 looks like it’s going to be ripe for the picking for Dom Martin.
Dom is the only artist who has been nominated for five awards at the UK Blues Awards 2022 including Blues Album of the Year (for Live at The Harlington), Blues Band of the Year, Blues Vocalist of the Year, Blues Instrumentalist of the Year and Acoustic Blues Act of the Year.
In 2021, Dom won the Acoustic Blues Act of The Year at the UK Blues Awards, as well as nominated for Blues Instrumentalist of The Year and Emerging Artist of The Year. In 2020, Dom won the prestigious Acoustic Blues Act of The Year at the UK Blues Awards.
Dom will follow the Gales tour with an early November UK tour to promote his new album A Savage Life, which will also include festival performances.
Produced by Grammy nominated Chris O’Brien, and Graham Murphy, A Savage Life was recorded in Belfast and Dublin during the second half of 2021. The new album features all songs arranged by Dom (guitar and vocals), with stellar musicianship from Dave Thompson (bass guitar) and Laurence McKeown (drums).
“So, this is the dreaded second studio album,” says Dom.
“In some respects, the new album is like my 2019 debut album Spain to Italy, but still very different,” says Dom. “It’s a mixture of acoustic solo and electric just like the first one, however, on this new one, I really wanted to keep this album under-produced so I can reproduce the tracks in a live setting.
Similarly, to the Spain to Italy album, the tracks on A Savage Life are mostly based on my own life experiences.”
“I seldom like listening to my own work, but I am proud of what I’ve done on the new album. I think I’ve got that under-produced sound I wanted. Many of the tracks were just one take and that’s the way I like it.”
“A Savage Life is another part of my life story and is also, in a small part, in memory of a great friend who passed away in 2021. It’s my blues, it’s real and I have to live with it!”
ALBUM TRACK LISTING
1. UNSATISFIED (2:44)
2. HERE COMES THE RIVER (3:48)
3. BLUES ON THE BAY (2:47)
4. THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (3:07)
5. 12 GAUGE (2:21)
6. ECHOES (4:16)
7. DRINK IN BLUE COLOURS (3:31)
8. ADDICT (3:27)
9. MAXWELL SHUFFLE (3:06)
10. THE PARTING GLASS (3:25) (Trad. Arr)
All Songs arranged by Dom Martin
Dom Martin – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Thompson – Bass Guitar
Laurence McKeown – Drums
Recorded in Belfast and Dublin
Mixed and produced by Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy at The Production Suite, Dublin, Ireland
Mastered by Richard Dowling at WAV Mastering, Limerick, Ireland
Album Artwork – Magic Cabin Studios
Photography – Jim Heal
The album is available to pre-order from www.dommart.in/pre-order.