Who is Hirth Martinez? Is he still listened to, still making albums? How high profile is he in the music scene in California? Anyone seen him in concert? Is he bootlegged? Does Bob Dylan still consider him to be extraordinary? Is Comin' Round The Moon the best track on his Hirth From Earth LP? Is Hirth correct in literally and seriously believing Robbie Robertson is an alien, a being from outer space? Does Dylan develop an interest in these people just because they are weird, like characters in a freak show? Anyone have Hirth Martinez tapes to trade? ;-)
As I briefly mentioned, I saw Hirth playing in a free, outdoor/patio bar setting a couple of Fridays ago. Even though he has written tons of tunes, he played little of his own music. Instead he played traditonal jazz (everything from Coltrane to Ellington). Still singing in his unique voice, he played guitar with a guy named Bobby Robles who backed him up with some fine guitar work.
I spoke with him during the break and learned that he rarely plays his old originals because, "You gotta move on, you know?" He plays at little local gigs (one music store very close to my home). He has some poetry out published in small press, and said he recorded some singles in recent years on the Fast Folk label. It's a shame he never caught on.
From: CircleStory@aol.com Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 05:53:19 EDT Subject: Re: Hirth Martinez To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, Saw your web site re: Hirth Martinez. It's a little out-dated. Want an update? Hirth is, indeed, performing live, doing primarily his own songs now. Best regards, Indira Singer, Songwriter, and Jazz Guitarist
Hirth MartinezRecorded Works Hirth from Earth - Warner Bros. Big Bright Street - Warner Bros. I'm Not Like I Was Before - Dreamsville I Love To Play For You-Hirth Martinez Live In Tokyo - Dreamsville Feeling So Fine - Dreamsville Featured On Hoagyland: Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael- Dreamsville Fantastic Plastic Machine - Emperor Norton Fast Folk Musical Magazine - Smithsonian Institute Additional Projects Hirth's music featured on Gift, a famous Japanese miniseries Available on CD & Video Created three songs for a Japanese CD Commercial Currently co-writing with Donald Fagan of Steely Dan Composed three English lyrics for Fantastic Plastic Machine Hirth's Songs Have Been Recorded By Paul Butterfield, Carly Simon, Libby Titus, Tom Bresh, Julio Iglesias, Manfred Mann, Dee C. Lee, Teresa Bright, Valerie Carter, Bob Dorough, Barry White, Fantastic Plastic Machine. Current and OnGoing Live Projects Pasadena Aids Foundation Benefit on Sept. 14 (3rd year) Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax (since 1994) Atlas Bar and Grill - August 2000 Recording Sessions and Concerts in LA, NY, and Japan Hirth may be contacted at: email@example.com