Live: Marty Wendell @ Caffe Lena, 10/26/14

November 20th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Marty Wendell

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

2014 marks 50 years of music for Nippertown singer-songwriter Marty Wendell, and he’s made his mark in a wide variety of musical genres from folk to rockabilly, from country to gospel. And among the many memorable moments along the way, he’s toured with Johnny Cash and recorded at Memphis’ famed Sun Studios.

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LIVE: Marty Wendell @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 6/20/14

June 25th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sean and Marty Wendell

Sean and Marty Wendell

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Last week at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany, Rockabilly Hall of Fame recording artist Marty Wendell celebrated 50 years of making music, surrounded by family and friends.

The concert began with a solo set by Jefferson Thomas, originally a member of Marty’s band during the ’80s and now the producer of Wendell’s new work-in-progress. Thomas played a song about his late father for his mother who was in the audience, as well as other original songs including “Are We Growing Up Or Growing Old” and “She Don’t Like It When It Rains.” A fine guitarist, Thomas also delivered several covers such as “Get Back” and “Ode To Billy Joe.”

Thomas then introduced Marty Wendell and his band, which included, Marty’s son Sean on guitar and daughter Hilary on vocals. Guest artist Kelly Bird added backing vocals, as well as solo turn on “Walking After Midnight” and a duet with Marty on “My Blue Heaven.”

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CD: Marty Wendell’s “Live and Rockin'”

July 26th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Marty Wendell: Live and Rockin'(Simply 21 Records, 2010):

Marty Wendell is an old-school country music singer-songwriter. The Ticonderoga native recorded his first single, “Hey Hey Mama,” back in 1967. He’s toured with Johnny Cash and recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis.

Over the years, Wendell has explored various facets of his musical roots – from the acoustic folk of “It’s Just Me” to the gospel collection “What I Am Today” – while always remaining true to honest, straight-forward sounds of country.

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