Combining full-time high school English teaching with songwriting and touring became too much: the choice fell on music. Jeffrey Martin sings, plays guitar and writes songs and lives in Portland, Oregon. Though it’s many years since he quit teaching, the inspiration for his songs is often the day-to-day life he knew in the little town in Oregon where he worked. Jeffrey Martin has been making music since 2009 and his two most recent albums, Dogs In The Daylight (2014) and One Go Around (2017), have drawn attention to his talents.
The music is restrained, the songs sparsely arranged with acoustic guitar, violin, pedal steel and double bass. The words and the stories are the crux, and Jeffrey Martin’s lyrical universe has been compared to writers like Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx. Reviewers write of Jeffrey Martin’s songs that they offer an elegant and poetical description of life’s darker side, a take on “small town sadness”. His voice is vulnerable and intense, and several critics have called Jeffrey Martin ‘the songwriter’s songwriter.’ Jeffrey Martin will be apparing with his colleague Anna Tivel. His only Danish festival concert in 2022.