Herb Martin III
As a young man, the eldest of the Martin Brothers began attending local bluegrass jams. It was at such events that Herb Martin III made guitar his instrument of choice. Influenced by such legends as The Stanleys, Larry Sparks and Jimmy Martin, he purchased his first guitar in April 2005. His influence also arises from the depths of lesser known but equally impressive talents such as Ricky Lee, Roy Lee Centers, Bill Napier and Jack Cooke. Quickly growing in proficiency, he was able to play rhythm and some lead in a mere matter of months. Herb has developed his own style and is adept at fast lead as well as powerful, hard driving rhythm. He expanded his talents in the band in October 2007, when he profered up his lead and harmony vocals to bring a new dimension to the group’s developing sound. The band’s engaging stage presence relies heavily on his dry wit and repartee with vocalist and guitarist Steve Unkart. Adding accomplished lyricist and composer to his resume, Herb continues to take the lead in the band’s powerful dynamic.
Mandolin player Clayton Martin, the middle born of the three Martin Brothers, began playing the diminutive but powerfully crucial instrument in April 2005. Proving to be a quick study like his brothers, Clayton was picking out melodies in a very short time. The traditional style of mandolin masters such as Bill Monroe, Ronnie McCoury and Dave McLaughlin is Clayton’s preference. He cites Vernon Derrick as his greatest influence. Although adept at the occasional ballad, Clayton favors the faster tunes which serve to highlight his blazing speed and the band’s drive depends heavily on Clayton’s own developed chop. In November 2007, he stepped up to the mic and began offering his lead and tenor harmonies to the band’s ever-expanding sound. More recently, he is concentrating his fine vocals on providing baritone harmonies for the group’s superb sound. Serving competently as mandolin picker for the Salem Bottom Boys, he has also appeared on stage with Kody Norris, and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass.
The addage “last but not least” can aptly be applied to Aaron Martin, the youngest of the Martin Brothers, and the last to take up an instrument – upright bass. He developed his unique style by first emulating one of his earliest influences, Michael Paisely. In his tenure as Martin Brothers and Aspen Run’s bassist, he has become impressively proficient at walking the bass and keeping the band together by playing on top of the beat. A sought-after local talent, Aaron has also played for the Fitzmaurice Band, as well as partaking in a few gigs with Kody Norris, and Danny Paisely and the Southern Grass. The band has recorded several of his originally written and composed tunes, and he continues to expand on an impressive portfolio of original songs.
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Herb Martin, Jr. wanted to be in a top notch bluegrass band – so he created one. Literally. The originator andfather of three of the members of The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run, Herb is the proverbial glue that holds the band together. As many musicians, his first musical experience came at a young age when he sang for the choir in church. At 16, he began playing harmonica. But it wasn’t until the age of fifty that he began playing guitar and singing in a genre that was near and dear to his heart – traditional bluegrass. While he served as the sole vocalist at the band’s inception, he has since concentrated primarily on the administrative portion of the band’s existence, working tirelessly to promote, record, and otherwise serve the needs of The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run, much to their and the fans appreciation.