June 12, 2008
By David Huff
Thomas Martinez - Country Fever 2008 - Jun. 12-15
Oklahoma native Thomas Martinez describes himself as a “Rocker in a country boy’s body” and his rapidly growing network of fans strongly agree. They flock to concert halls and many of country music’s largest night clubs across the United States and Canada whenever they see his name in lights.
Martinez is a self-made artist who has a flare for turning any tune into a heart pounding, foot-stomping, guitar drivin’ good time. Whether on stage performing for a few hundred friends or with singing before crowds numbering in the thousands, Martinez and his band, Wild Frontier, never fail to deliver a show that will be forgotten. Sharing the stage with such country luminaries as Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Keith Urban, Chris Cagle, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Tanya Tucker has given Martinez the time and experience necessary to clearly define his sound and perspective as an artist.
The group’s first recording, Promises, was released in 2006 and has become an instant crowd pleaser with major market radio “tuning in” throughout the mid-west. The ten-song disc is full of some of Nashville’s most sought after writers, such as Neil Thrasher and Larry Bastian, and is a testimony to Thomas’ ability to recognize great songs that speak to everyday people in many different ways. Whether it’s the changes that progress brings to a small town in “Goin’, Goin’, Gone” or the clever tale of two young lovers in “Crazy’s All They’ve Got.” In the end this album is a ride through life depicting the ups, downs and magic in between.
Thomas’ unique approach to music carries over into his work as a business man off the stage. This gift of balancing both has not gone unnoticed. Sponsorships now include Roper Footwear & Apparel, CR Moore Motor Company Dodge, Jeep & Chrysler, Red Bull, and Miller Lite.