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John Arthur Martinez has slept on dozens of floors and couches, sung in hundreds of bars, successfully marketed two CDs of his songs, won regional radio airplay and worked his way up to sold-out headliner status during his climb to prominence on the competitive Texas music scene. The process of taking Martinez national began in 2003 when millions of country-music fans were first exposed to his music. John Arthur Martinez finished second to winner Buddy Jewell on the USA Network's national talent competition Nashville Star. "A Home Made of Stone," his first Dualtone single, is one of the original compositions he introduced to overwhelming response on the television series.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B00020HAOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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john Arthur Martinez's Dualtone debut proves that his second-place showing on NASHVILLE STAR in 2003 was no fluke. "Lone Starry Night" takes the listener on a tour through the world of Texas music interpreted through john Arthur's country-Tejano lens. It's a powerful, heartfelt, and outstanding album. Most of these tracks have appeared on his self-made independent releases, but here they shine even more with the full treatment from some of Nashville and Texas's best backing him up. Many of the tunes are given a bilingual flavor with borderland-spiced arrangements and a verse or two in Spanish, including a striking and definitive take on the classic "Amarillo by Morning" and Martinez's lush paean to San Antonio, "River of Love / El Rio de Amor." jAM proves adept at everything from the serious and heartfelt tear-jerker "If I Didn't Care" (featuring beautiful harmony vocals by fellow Nashville Star finalist Miranda Lambert) to the silly "Armadillo Song," joyously tackles Western Swing with "A Girl Named Texas," has a classic country story song with fiddle-as-metaphor-for-life "The Man Who Holds The Bow," and even ventures close to Neville Brothers territory with the unexpectedly soulful "Pour A Little Love On It." This should clearly be a contender for Texas Music Album of the Year, and the voters and viewers of the first Nashville Star should be proud to have uncovered this gem of a singer-songwriter.
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I was so impressed with john Arthur Martinez on Nashville Star, I ordered his CD the moment it came out and was MORE impressed with him after listening to it! There is not a weak cut to be found. Unlike most "country" music these days, his voice has not been over-processed to the point of being unrecognizable and the honesty and sincerity just shine forth. John Arthur Martinez, your music flows from your heart straight to the hearts of your listeners. Lone Starry Night is a true joy, a true classic. I just flat love it!
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By Shoeless on September 11, 2004
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What a treasure! And I mean both the singer & the songs. A song for every mood. "If I Didn't Care" brings a tear every time I hear it. "Trouble Rides A Fast Horse" sticks with you. Thank you John Arthur! Somewhere in you I see something of Hank Williams SR, but it's rolled into an awesome package with your God given talent.
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I'm an avid country music fan and this is one of the best country CDs I've heard in a long while. This guy is the real deal. Since I got this CD I have played it daily and will continue to play it for a long while.
Just about every cut on this album is a winner. john Arthur is a wonderful songwriter. His voice is smooth and winsome. The songs on this CD have a simple, genuine feel -- it isn't like listening to top-40 fodder or something prefabricated. These songs and the delivery are authentic and feel as if they come from a real person, not an image. My particular favorites are the upbeat "A Girl Named Texas," the amusing "The Armadillo Song," the catchy "Tonight at Fiesta," the sultry "Trouble Rides a Fast Horse," the romantic "River of Love," and the heartfelt "Lone Starry Night."
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It really is a shame that John Arthur Martinez didn't win the "Nashville Star" competition. Not to steal any of Buddy Jewell's thunder, but Martinez seems to be a more talented writer, singer, and artist. But obviously the folks in Nashville wanted a star that they could mold into their perfect creation. Jewell has that whole Travis Tritt meets Waylon Jennings thing going for him. He also has a sound with larger demographic appeal, so it doesn't surprise me that he was picked instead of Martinez. Believe me, I'm glad for Jewell, but I think that Martinez is the better all-around artist.

Martinez doesn't fit the mold that Nashville is looking for. Had he given in to the wishes of Music City, he'd be singing about dancin' in the bed of an ol' Ford with his redneck girl. Then he'd watch a little NASCAR and drink a little Jim Beam with his buddies at the bar. Instead, he embraces his heritage, faith, and home state whole-heartedly.

He'll never draw the big crowds of bubbly girls like a Tim McGraw or a Kenny Chesney. He won't write a song like "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy" that'll end up as a vinyl sticker on the back of some idiot's truck. Instead, he'll probably be the guy content with writing great songs like "The Man Who Holds The Bow" and "Lone Starry Night." In other words, Martinez writes songs from the heart about the things that are important to him. Judging by this album, those things include his aforementioned faith, heritage, and the great state of Texas.

If any of these songs have commercial potential, I'd have to say that "The River Of Love/El Rio Amor" and "The Man Who Holds The Bow" are definite winners. "El Rio Amor" would have given Marty Robbins a run for his money back in Robbins' heyday.
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You may have seen him on Nashville Star but you won't really appreciate the music until you hear this new album. John Arthur Martinez has put together an eclectic collection of songs that has something for almost everyone. Whether you want a ballad, traditional country, or a rocking good time, Lone Starry Night is for you. I highly recommend it.

David Thompson
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