Monday, April 20, 2015



New Orleans:  The Lone Star State busily hosts a star-studded music weekend to match the best-of-the-best, April 17, 18, 19, 2015, culminating with the ACM Awards on April 19, 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas at the AT&T Stadium.  

Musical name-drops packing the impressive line-up of Nashville's familiar super-talents as well as other country-star favorite performers in attendance feature Mickey Gilley, Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood, George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Clint Black, Blake Shelton, Patty Loveless, Reba, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Alabama, Big & Rich, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, and more.  The ACM Awards Ceremony will be broadcast Live on CBS-TV.

According to Country Music Pride, The Academy of Country Music Awards "is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry." 

"Just got back to the hotel.  The presentation of MG's award tonight will be aired in May," said the text by a close member of Mickey Gilley's inner circle," to their friends Armand St. Martin and his wife-manager, Patty Lee, in New Orleans.  "Will keep send video!"

Armand St. Martin, a 10th generation New Orleanian, is a popular New Orleans pianoman and songwriting performer.  He found his own musically-flavored original route into Texas via honoring his El Paso-born wife with his uptempo song, Last Time in Texas.  

Sporting a photo of Lee's mother in El Paso, circa 1949 (which was a bxw that St. Martin colorized), this cover art graces St. Martin's one-song CD on Patty Lee Records: Last Time in Texas.  This tune sprang a life of its own, apart from also being included on Armand St. Martin's CD, Sizzlin,' also on Patty Lee Records.  Last Time in Texas, recorded by Armand St. Martin and his Bayou Bohemians in Hollywood, Ca. is a humorous Texas Blues song with catchy lyrics and sassy female back-up singers in call-and-response about a mythical St. Martin foray into a romance in Texas.  It is an example of great songwriting with humor.  The likes of Strait, MG, Clint, and Garth might be battling in the rodeo arena one day soon to see who can lasso this clever song first as their own.  If these cowboys snooze, they might lose, because even the likes of Tricia, Reba, and the Dixie Chicks might wrangle the song in their own direction to share superstar-duets with a lucky cowboy.

Austin, Texas music critic Jon Black of Awaiting the Flood, The Roots of Music recently penned an impressive three-part series solely concentrating on the career of Armand St. Martin, "an iconic roots musician."  Black wrote in his Texas review about St. Martin's performance covered in New Orleans at the House of Blues during a Ponderosa Stomp:  "I was awestruck by St. Martin's blistering, high-energy and beautiful keyboard work," Black writes, "while watching as his hands moved so rapidly they appeared to dissolve into a punk blur over the keyboard."  Black's in-depth coverage of St. Martin's interesting music career journey, is the first of its kind about this oft-times, under-reported, multi-talented musician, songwriter and performer.  This example shows how a hardworking musician is as talented as the stars who surround him.  

Armand St. Martin is represented by Patty Lee Records and Varese Sarabande Records.  

Hard-hitting players who, to date, have recorded on Armand St. Martin's CDs on Patty Lee Records include: the late Danny Federici of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, Kenny Gradney of Little Feat, Kirk Bruner of Melissa Manchester and Mac Davis, Stanley Behrens of Willie Dixon and currently of Canned Heat, Dony Wynn of Robert Palmer, Paul DeVilliers of YES and Mr. Mister, Samantha Newark of Leonard Cohen, Marabina Jaimes an Emmy-winner for PBS' Storytime, Steve Allen of Rita Coolidge, Lee Thornburg of Tower of Power, Lon Price of Elvis, Elton John, Rod Stewart, to list several musicians aboard the St. Martin mystery train.  St. Martin has released three CDs on Patty Lee Records: Alligator Ball, Sizzin', and Katrina Anthem; a 45-vinyl record; a four-song EP cassette, and two single-song CDs: Samson of the Sidelines and Last Time in Texas.  He has a dozen+plus YouTubes and counting; he performs 200 shows annually in New Orleans.  He has devoted over 1,000 free musical performances since Katrina for neurologically-challenged adults with his healing music-specialty designed especially to reach those afflicted by Alzheimer's.  Armand St. Martin and Patty Lee will produce their 10th Annual Katrina Artistically Revisited special commemorative event on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, always free to the public.  Meanwhile, they hope to tour Texas someday soon.

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