Lone Starry Night

Lone Starry Night

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by John Arthur Martinez
     
 
John Arthur Martinez once sang George Strait songs in Texas bars, and Lone Starry Night follows the same neo-traditionalist country road. That means Martinez knows his country roots well, and draws from everything from honky tonk to Western swing to straightforward ballads, and that he leans closer to contemporary than alternative

Overview

John Arthur Martinez once sang George Strait songs in Texas bars, and Lone Starry Night follows the same neo-traditionalist country road. That means Martinez knows his country roots well, and draws from everything from honky tonk to Western swing to straightforward ballads, and that he leans closer to contemporary than alternative country. Both "The Man Who Holds the Bow" and "Home Made of Stone" rely on the time-honored practice of finding a slightly catchy metaphor to carry the weight of the song ("It ain't so much the fiddle, it's the man who holds the bow"). The problem with this approach is that many such phrases can sound like clichés before the ink dries. Martinez is more successful with "Amarillo By Morning," a gentle ballad relating hard-earned experience, and "A Girl Named Texas," a catchy bit of Texas jazz (Western swing). It's also nice that whether one listens to the quirky "The Armadillo Song" or the happy-go-lucky "Tonight at Fiesta," the guitars, steels, and fingerpicked acoustic guitar always come through loud and clear. Martinez is a soulful singer, and seems equally comfortable singing a love song like "Pour a Little Love On It" or the brooding "Trouble Rides a Fast Horse." Lone Starry Night should please contemporary listeners looking for a bit more bite to their country.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020115422
catalogNumber:
1154
Rank:
225988

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Arthur Martinez   Primary Artist,Vocals
Matt Rollings   Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Ray Herndon   Background Vocals
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Eric Silver   Mandolin
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Jon Randall Stewart   Background Vocals
Jon Randall   Background Vocals
Joel Jose Guzman   Accordion
Michael Ripoll   Guitar (Nylon String)
Shannon Sanders   Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Shannon Forest   Drums
Miranda Lambert   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matt Rollings   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Stafford   Composer
Monte Warden   Composer
David Leonard   Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Vip Vipperman   Composer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Stephanie Jones   Composer
Kent Finlay   Composer
Paul Fraser   Composer
Michael Blakey   Composer
John Arthur Martinez   Composer
Maude Gilman Clapham   Art Direction
Jerry Harkins   Composer
Tommy Conners   Composer
John Bohlinger   Composer

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Lone Starry Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
john Arthur Martinez's Dualtone debut proves that his second-place showing on NASHVILLE STAR in 2003 was no fluke. "Lone Starry Night" takes the listener on a tour through the world of Texas music interpreted through john Arthur's country-Tejano lens. It's a powerful, heartfelt, and outstanding album. Most of these tracks have appeared on his self-made independent releases, but here they shine even more with the full treatment from some of Nashville and Texas's best backing him up. Many of the tunes are given a bilingual flavor with borderland-spiced arrangements and a verse or two in Spanish, including a striking and definitive take on the classic "Amarillo by Morning" and Martinez's lush paean to San Antonio, "River of Love / El Rio de Amor." jAM proves adept at everything from the serious and heartfelt tear-jerker "If I Didn't Care" (featuring beautiful harmony vocals by fellow Nashville Star finalist Miranda Lambert) to the silly "Armadillo Song," joyously tackles Western Swing with "A Girl Named Texas," has a classic country story song with fiddle-as-metaphor-for-life "The Man Who Holds The Bow," and even ventures close to Neville Brothers territory with the unexpectedly soulful "Pour A Little Love On It." This should clearly be a contender for Texas Music Album of the Year, and the voters and viewers of the first Nashville Star should be proud to have uncovered this gem of a singer-songwriter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
john Arthur's "Lone Starry Night" is the first CD I've ever purchased where I can't choose a favorite song! I think I have, and then another is running through my head. I'm one of his biggest fans now! This is a "must have", and I hope you have the ability to pick a favorite on this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jAm has written and sung the definitive Texas album. He didn't write Amaillo By Morning, but he might as well have. His treatment of that song is just as good in it's way as anything George Strait could have done. He did write or co-write all the others. If I Didn't Care is destined to be a theme song for step parents everywhere. It pulls my heart strings every time I hear it which is often. The Armadillo Song is fun and rollicking and you won't be able to keep from trying to sing it with him. You might do it but you'd better be fast. Lone Starry Night, the song, is worth the price of the cd. It's a haunting, beautiful tour through west Texas. Close your eyes and go with it. Pour A Little Love On It has to be my personal favorite. It's not what I'm used to hearing from jAm. It's so many types of music rolled into one and I could listen to it all night long. This cd doesn't have a bad song on it. They are all potential hits. Try it. You won't be sorry.