Songs from the Big Martin
Born in New York City, Rob Berretta grew up in Spain and Germany before returning to the U.S. to attend Wesleyan University. He moved back to New York in the late 80s and was a frequent performer on Manhattan's singer-songwriter circuit. Living as an ex-patriot gave Rob an opportunity to regard different cultures, including his own, from a distance, and many of his 200+ songs reflect the critical distance of an observer. A classically trained musician, Rob stopped writing and performing for several years in the mid-90s, and began a career as a road manager and agent for touring orchestras and dance companies. Now having returned to his own music, Rob has released 'SONGS FROM THE BIG MARTIN,' a 10-song collection produced with Head Cleaner's MARK LINEBERRY for the Positron label. 'SONGS FROM THE BIG MARTIN' showcases Rob's smooth baritone voice and delicate fingerpicking, and includes percussionist CHERYL PRASHKER (from CC Railroad) and New York guitar legend AMURA on acoustic lead. Most of all, it's an album of stories, of love found, lost and thrown away (try FULL-GROWN JULIET, track 5, and SHE NEVER CAME DOWN, track 8), of the pulse of the city (as witnessed in the searing first track, CAPITAL CITY OF DREAMS) and of the healing power of the blues (COLD COLD WINTER, track 10).