Pleased to meet you, we’re Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess.

Indiana Public Radio‘s The Scene:
“Michael Martin, apart from being a long-time friend of The Scene and patron of the arts in Muncie, is the creative force behind Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess – a gritty Americana group with with Irish folk and country influences. Their high energy performance is the driving force behind a repertoire of originals and familiar covers, all performed with authenticity and roots-based soul.”

MVD Entertainment Group:
“Mike Martin has been compared to Dylan, Cash and Woody Guthrie but one listen will give you proof that Martin is an American original.In the baptism by fire approach to the road Martin and his band The Beautiful Mess is like when Neil Young joined forces with Crazy Horse, or when Tom Petty met The Heart Breakers.”

beautiful mess press pic 2016

Artimus Pyle (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer):

“Honest, soulful music. Mike and his incredible band take you on a journey, each song telling a story.”

Music Industry News Network:
“…Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess’s flat-picking and melodic strings scores will leave bluegrass fans tapping their feet.”

David Childers (Ramseur Records recording artist):
“Mike Martin is a modern-day Woody Guthrie.”

Marc Regan (Main Man Records):
“When I saw Mike & the Beautiful Mess for the first time, I felt the music and the lyrics, the songs spoke to me and led us both to where we are today. There is a special energy in this band. I have played the CD for rock n roll types, goth lovers and metal heads and they all loved the album…music has no fences.”

 

Press Releases
MVD Entertainment Group
Charleston City Paper
The Star Press
The Ball State Daily

 

People and Places of Interest

BANDS AND ARTISTS WE’VE PLAYED WITH:
Trevor Hall, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Shooter Jennings, Artimus Pyle, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, “Dangerous” Dan Toler of The Allman Brothers Band, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, David Childers, Matt Woods, John Michael Montgomery, David Allan Coe, Paleface, The Travelin’ Kine, and the Hooten Hallers.

FESTIVALS WE’VE PLAYED:
Hyperion Music & Arts Festival, Rock the Farm NJ, RenoFest Bluegrass Festival, Willy Fest Music & Arts Gathering, Muncie Gras, Muncie Ribfest, Dancin’ in the Dark Music Festival.

VENUES WE’VE PLAYED:
The Brass Rail – Ft Wayne, IN; The Original Mother’s – Chicago, IL; The Royal American – Charleston, SC; The Pour House – Charleston, SC; The Mutiny – Chicago, IL; Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC; The 5 Spot – Nashville, TN; Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL; Still Water Taproom – Augusta, GA; The Jinx – Savannah, GA; Tin Roof – Charleston, SC;

BREWERIES WE’VE PLAYED:
Oskar Blues Brewery – Brevard, NC; Lagunitas Taproom – Charleston, SC; Altamont Brewing – Asheville, NC; Moon River Brewing – Savannah, GA; Tennessee Brew Works – Nashville, TN; Terrapin Beer Co. – Athens, GA; Orlando Brewing – Orlando, FL; Jack of the Wood – Asheville, NC; French Broad Brewery – Asheville, NC; Palmetto Brewery – Charleston, SC;

 

A Brief History:

2016
The band signs with Main Man Records and releases “Gharkey St. Motel”.

The band signs a national distribution deal with MVD Entertainment Group.

The band is nominated for Best Country/Americana Band in Charleston, SC for 2016.

The band was featured on the cover of the Charleston City Paper for the release of their debut album with Main Man Records.

Mike created “Make Music Not Meth,” a community education program that garnered national attention with mainstream media news outlets.

2015
The band adds Ripley Owermohle on banjo, CJ Barrow on drums, and James Reynen on bass.

The band plays venues from Chicago to New Jersey to Orlando, all while maintaining two weekly residencies in Charleston, SC.

The band makes main stage appearances at Hyperion Music & Arts Festival in Spencer, IN, and Rock the Farm in Farmingdale, NJ.

The “Live from WDVX 5/28/15” EP is released.

The “Like Johnny Loved June” EP and official music video are released.

2014
The band moves from Muncie, IN to Charleston, SC, and immediately begins playing popular Charleston venues such as The Pour House, The Windjammer, Chico Feo, Planet Follywood, Big John’s Tavern, Tommy Condon’s, The Blind Tiger, The Brick House and Smoky Oak Taproom.

Mike’s songs now have over 10,000 downloads from michaelmartinband.com.

The MMB makes an appearance on 89.9 WDVX’s Blue Plate Special out of Knoxville, TN. Others who have graced the stage at WDVX include The String Cheese Incident, The Gibson Brothers, and Del McCurry.

The final installment in the 3 EP set Uncle Stan, The Old Building, and The Ghosts is released.

2013
The MMB releases two EPs which were met with great critical acclaim from Denver’s TheExaminer.com and The Star Press. Indiana Public Radio airs a live broadcast of album release.

The MMB makes appearances at Ribfest, Dancing in the Dark Music Festival, Muncie Gras, and Bootlegger’s Inn on Broadway in Nashville, TN.

The band adds Caryn Egan on fiddle and vocals.

The MMB collaborates with talented actress Cynda Williams from Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” for their new tune, “This Song’s for You Rosa Parks” and The Unity Project.

MMB performs and is the featured artist for All Beers Considered, Indiana Public Radio’s biggest annual fundraiser, aptly named after NPR’s All Songs Considered.

2012
The MMB makes all 5 CDs available for free download on michaelmartinband.com with 10,000+ downloads to date.

MMB performs and is the featured artist for All Beers Considered, Indiana Public Radio’s biggest annual fundraiser, aptly named after NPR’s All Songs Considered.

2011
MMB releases Homegrown Vol. 2 which receives airplay on MAX 93.5& 96.7, NASH 102.5 and WLBC 104.1

Max 93.5 / 96.7 accepts Mike’s idea of a live music show broadcast out of Doc’s Music Hall and signs Mike and Heather to be the hosts of “Homegrown Americana,” a weekly radio broadcast.

2010
Mike Martin and Friends’ “Home Grown Volume 1” given honorable mention for top 10 albums of the decade in The Star Press.

2009
Mike’s song “Sunday Morning Blues” debuted in movie theaters in LA, Boston, and Naples in the film “Still Green” and is released on the soundtrack.

Mike’s song “Like Johnny Loved June” used in short film in Louisville 24 Hour Film Festival which won best Cinematography.

Mike’s CD “Home Grown Vol. 1” (FMMusic 2008) gets honorable mention in top CDs of 2008 in The Star Press.

Mike’s song “What Would Jesus Do” named in top 25 songs of 2008 in The Star Press.

2008
Max 93.5 / 96.7 accepts Mike’s idea of a “Live Music Show” broadcast out of Doc’s Music Hall and signs Mike on to be the host of the weekly radio broadcast

Mike’s CD “Going for Broke” (2006 FMMusic) began getting airplay on 106.9 WXXC in Marion, Indiana and Max 93.5 / 96.7 WHYT in Muncie and Anderson, Indiana.

2007
Mike’s song “Take Your Pills” was selected to be in “Prison or Death,” a documentary about crystal meth by Washington DC venture captialists.

Mike’s song “John Wayne Song” was picked as one of the top 25 songs of 2006 in The Star Press.

2006
Mike signed promotional deal with Jagermeister Music Program.