Kickstart Country Standard Time to Nashville
 Sign up for newsletter
 

Benny Martin

The Big Tiger Rides Again (Part 1) – 1999 (OMS)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

Subscribe to Country CD Reviews CD Reviews
Kickstart Country Standard Time to Nashville

CDs by Benny Martin

Benny Martin is a legendary figure in country and bluegrass music. From his early fiddle work with Flatt and Scruggs, Hank Williams and Kitty Wells,to his solo writing, recording and performing career in the '50's, 'the Big Tiger' set a standard on his instrument to which many of today's great players still aspire.

This album is a tribute to his songwriting and trademark fiddle playing. Many of today's top artists, including Jim and Jesse, Buck White, Tom T. Hall, Earl Scruggs, Crystal Gayle, John Hartford, Vince Gill and Del McCoury, take a turn on some of Martin's biggest songs, such as "Ice Cold Love," "Secret of Your Heart," "Lover of the Town" and 'Your Guilty Darlin." Despite recent voice problems, Martin even solos on a couple, "Will I Ever Be Happy Being Lonesome" and "Blue Writing on White Paper." Martin's unmistakable fiddle style is present throughout. "Money Up Front" and "Me and My Fiddle" are good examples. Often scratchy and rough and not always technically correct, Martin still has an energy and a sound that makes his music a pleasure to listen to.

This record does a nice job of paying homage to Martin's often overlooked musical talents and contributions. Just as importantly, it lets fans know that Martin is still alive and well and 'roaring' once again.