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Martin Zellar and the Hardways

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Singer-songwriter Martin Zellar’s country-tinged portraits of life, love, and regret have resonated with listeners for over 25 years. If you look through a sampling of his press over that time, it won’t take long for you to notice how often phrases like “under appreciated” and “under rated” show up. It’s not something Zellar has given a lot of thought to; instead, he has continued to move forward and reliably deliver what his fans have come to expect from him over the years: quality songwriting and heart-felt performances. Martin Zellar first appeared on the Minneapolis music scene as the lead singer and songwriter of the alt-country pioneering Gear Daddies. The Gear Daddies released two albums on Polygram Records before amicably parting ways in 1992. Zellar then went on to record and perform as a solo artist, releasing six more CDs on the Rykodisc and Owen Lee recording labels. On December 6th, Zellar will release Roosters Crow, his first studio recording in over nine years. The long-overdue album will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the debut release of the Gear Daddies. Recorded at the Zone Studio in Dripping Springs, Texas by engineer/producer Pat Manske (The Flatlanders, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keene), the CD features – along with Zellar’s long-time band, The Hardways (bass guitarist Nick Ciola and drummer Scott Wenum) – a long list of respected and incredibly talented Austin, Texas-based musicians, including Kelly Willis, Lloyd Maines, Kevin McKinney (Soul Hat), Bukka Allen (Bodeans), Chojo Jacques, Brian Standefer (Alejandro Escovedo), Billy Bright (Peter Rowan), Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp), and Terri Hendrix. Roosters Crow is perhaps Zellar’s most introspective effort to date, delving deep into his personal experiences -– good and bad -– over the last nine years. “Letting go of my more personal songs has always been hard for me,” said Zellar. “Sending some of these songs out into the world was especially difficult.” Martin Zellar currently lives in Central Mexico with his wife and three children.


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