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Memories To Hold Onto

Written by Jerry Hill, Director of Bear Foundation Communications

John Martin and Glenda Louise are like a modern-day Sonny and Cher, minus Chastity and maybe the biting sarcasm coming from Cher. This lovely couple made a home visit Friday night as part of Martin’s unique living-room tour that was inspired and encouraged by the former Baylor receiver’s mentor and friend, Garth Brooks.

John has a unique sound that’s influenced by the tunes of Tom Petty and writing of Bob Dylan. And it’s evident in his tunes like Wild Card and Words Left Unsaid that appear on his recently released first album, Maybe Today.

The idea for the home concert tour was born out of Wednesday night impromptu jam sessions at his home base in Nashville, “where we’d we pass the guitar around,” play songs and share lives. Far from the bright lights of large arenas or Vegas night clubs, John’s only props are an acoustic guitar and stool as he mixes in his songs with some banter and storytelling with his girlfriend, Glenda.

The muse for his song, Magazine Eyes, Louise is part promoter, part supporter and a key player in this unique format. They met 15 years ago at a church camp in Colorado, reunited about 14 months ago - “And no, we didn’t reconnect on Facebook,” she says - and have been inseparable ever since. There is a connection, a love, between the two of them that comes through loud and clear in Martin’s music and during the living-room concerts.

Ten minutes in, you feel like these two people have been a part of your life forever. At my house, which proudly served as the Waco stop for a tour that’s also included Des Moines, Iowa, St. Louis, Mo., Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, the only people that John knew before that night were me and his college roommate, former baseball and football student trainer Ben Basden.

But by the end of the night, John had a new set of friends and fans. At a time when the music business is filled with carbon copies and cookie cutters, John has a unique sound and rich talent as a songwriter.

This is from his new single, “Old School Party in the Living Room”:

Old school party in the living room, no rules waking up in the afternoon                    Turn the music up loud dance around like James Brown                                                       If you lose yourself, lose yourself right now

For one special night, that’s what we did: We lost ourselves and made “memories we could hold onto.” Thanks again, John!

Download “Old School Party in the Living Room”

Download “Maybe Today”