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Live Review: Jeffrey Martin @ Pie Shop — 4/5/24

A chair in the corner. No extravagant lights, and no high-tech sound program. Just a individual with a guitar and a few dozen onlookers.

Reside music in Washington DC, or wherever for that matter, can not get a lot more comfortable. That’s as Jeffrey Martin prefers it. And it is how his delicate and haunting songs may well be greatest liked.

Doing to a little but eager audience the evening of April 5, the Portland, Ore.-based mostly singer-songwriter allured Pie Shop’s very first flooring with an early-night set that drew from his 3 studio albums, which include 2023’s Thank God We Still left the Yard.

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“I like displays this dimensions because they’re on the verge of way as well fuckin’ personal,” reported Martin, just feet from the establishment’s hectic baking ovens, which have been provided a short rest for this unique event.

In advance of devoting himself to a career recording and accomplishing new music, Jeffrey was a passionate English instructor. Soon after a prolonged internal wrestle and yrs of creating, he lastly determined to observe his instincts and moved on from training, a obligation he beloved deeply.

But his pivot proved to be a fruitful just one as he uses his command of emotive language and his scarce intuitiveness to develop powerful and heartrending tracks now beloved by lots of.

Even though he’s produced only a handful of records throughout a decade, he’s firmly recognized himself as a gripping singular voice. His tunes are weathered, wise and, for his listener’s, a holy area. He’s pointed in supply but his words, specifically these on his 2014 premiere Dogs In The Daylight, painfully extended for a murky misplaced passion.

With his beard burly and his ballcap pulled down low, Martin seldom opened his eyes very last Friday as he strummed his acoustic guitar and shared pure will take on numerous favorites alongside with tracks from the newest file — lush items like “Garden” and the deeply regretful “Red Station Wagon.”

Observe Jeffrey Martin carry out his new song &#8220Backyard&#8221 via From 1, To Tenn. on YouTube:

In the comfy confines of the Pie Shop’s floor amount, he imparted profound thoughts to accompany feats like “Daylight,” offering enough proof that his most recent presenting may well be his brightest to day.

“Maybe a prayer is just placing a hopeful factor out there in entrance of you, to intention toward. It’s a prayer in that feeling,” he mentioned of the tune.

Enthusiasts cared not about the size of the place, hooting loud and proud for the chance to see this intriguing human and to hear his stories. Folks cracked up right at the start out as Jeffrey informed of experiencing off with a DC rat in the alley out again when enjoying a pre-present smoke.

“We experienced a moment. I seemed at him, he looked at me and then he went on his way …”

Jeffrey spoke nostalgically about his days teaching, entertaining with tales of wet-powering-the-ears learners and how he’d search for to inspire their creativity with his individual outdoors-the-box technique.

He recalled his brief, low-funds affair with inventory investing, and he talked about a chess-relevant job by his Irish singer-songwriter close friend, Mick Flannery, which influenced his personal tune “Checkers,” before accomplishing it for the space.

Martin sooner or later honored at minimum a single boisterous patron’s unique request, but with a gorgeous take on “Sculptor,” he’d by now exceeded anticipations for this kind of a easy setup.

Although this display was initially scheduled for the 2nd-ground phase, it turned out to be the opportune state of affairs for Martin to current an absorbing established of music.

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Below is a blend of electronic color photographs and handspun, dwelling-created and scanned 35mm film pictures of Jeffrey Martin undertaking at Pie Shop in Washington DC the evening of April 5, 2024. All shots copyright and courtesy of Casey Ryan Vock.

Jeffrey Martin @ Pie Shop Washington DC 04.05.24 Photo by Casey Ryan Vock