Martin Rivas is bringing joy back to music. Blending disparate elements such as ’60s soul with a distinctly modern alt. folk edge to create a sound that is both instantly inviting and exceptionally deep, his songs practically smile at you from the speakers.
Martin has become a mainstay of the New York City singer songwriter community, and performs almost every night of the week. In addition to his own shows and residencies at some of the city's most-respected venues (Rockwood Music Hall Stages 1 and 2, Joe's Pub, The Bitter End, City Winery) he brings together a rotating cast of local and touring musicians for his Campfire series, established with drummer and good friend Craig Meyer.
Martin has shared bills with the likes of Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Aimee Mann, Jimmy Webb, Gov't Mule, The White Buffalo, Rachel Platten, Lelia Broussard, and Hootie & the Blowfish.
His latest release, The Convalescence EP, was recorded in his home studio during the four months in 2010 he spent recovering from surgery and its resulting life-threatening complications. The album paints an intensely personal portrait of physical and emotional healing. However, the music is neither dark nor sad, and is, in...