Singer, songster, guitarist
Martin Booe is a guitarist of impressive mastery and a singer whose raspy baritone calls to mind a cross between Nick Cave and Neil Young. His repertoire draws from a deep well of classic Americana song craft, encompassing acoustic blues, contemporary and traditional Celtic music, and seventies folk-rock perennials. A typical set list could include Richard Thompson's "Beeswing," Robert Burns' "Green Grow the Rushes" and Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."
A master of numerous finger-picking styles and a deft improviser, Booe is also adept with a slide, playing a mean, sidewinding rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel." From John Lee Looker to Robert Johnson, Booe’s guitar case is an encyclopedia of guitar styles and influences. And you might hear a side-splitting oddities or two, such as “You Better Pray to the Lord (When You See Those Flying Saucers).”
Booe’s own finely-crafted compositions, which range from poignant to hilarious, have been praised by the great American composer Randy Newman. They're sure to be requested by those who know his work.