From Ragtime to Rock & Roll
Described as'a graceful blend of education and entertainment' by Parents Choice From Ragtime to Rock and Roll received the presitgious 2000 Silver Honor Award. 'From Ragtime to Rock and Roll' explores the American musical journey from the infectious rhythms brought over by the enslaved Africans that were incorporated into spirituals, gospel, blues and jazz to the European folk music brought by Irish, English and Scottish immmigrants that was incorporated into bluegrass and old time music and the combination of both of these cultures into popular American rock and country music. Children participate by singing traditional American songs and clapping the distinctive rhythms that form the basis for blues, swing, country and rock. About the Artist: 'Slice-of-life (original) songs that ring with truth, wit and experience,' The Washington Post, Barbara Martin combines a healthy respect for the roots of American music with top of the line musicianship. From the time she bought her first guitar at the age of 13, Barbara Martin has never been afraid to explore and experiment. She moved from the folk coffeehouse circuit in her native Iowa to the new wave rock scene in Boston, to discovering her true love, blues and jazz, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. From her decision in 1990 to give up her job as a social worker and embark on a career as a full time musician she has never looked back. Her journey has taken her to festivals and concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, five recordings and critical acclaim from presenters and reviewers alike. She has been awarded the Virginia Commmission for the Arts Touring Grant for the past five years and was nominated for contemporary folk female vocalist and recording in by the Washington Area Music Awards. In addition to her regular concerts Martin offers two educational programs, 'From Ragtime to Rock and Roll', an American musical history program for elementary school students and 'Women in Blues', a presentation about the music, life and times of American women blues artists from the 1920's through the 50's for high school and older age groups. '...she mines the vein of the everyday life of women in this country...' Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 'articulate, focused, polished and engaging' Performing Songwriter 'She is carrying the torch of Ida Cox, Bessie Smith and Sippie Wallace and beautifully evokes their styles into her own compositions.' Blues Rag, Baltimore Blues Society 'a songwriter with an unexpected gift for double entendre and sultry melody and a singer with a penchant for smoldering seduction.' Geoffrey Himes, Howard County Sun 'This singer-songwriter's artistry is as American in style as it is universal in emotional intelligence..' Washington Post.