Sunday, March 6, 2005

The Martin Blondes

No, they are not sisters. They are Patti Bramson and Karen Anne, and these two women can sing and play with an almost angelic beauty. They play Martin guitars and like to make light of their blondeness, but what makes them special is the exquisite harmonies that they bring out. Singing a mostly folky sound, they mix in a wide array of covers and original material. Patti and Karen bounce back and forth between guitars and bongos throughout their sets, further displaying a wide range of musical talent and dimension.

My favorite tune is an original by Karen called "Love in Action." It puts her soft, gentle voice together with lyrics that reveal one of life's greatest truths discovered in the hardest trials of life; to love deeply. You will also hear songs by Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell, John Hiatt, John Prine, and countless others, all performed with the effortless grace that the Martin Blondes put forth.

See them play and you are guaranteed to go home with a smile on your face and a warm spot in your heart.

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