The Blues and Other Planets

Deutsche VersionMartin Solo subscribes to the archaic formula of bluesmen, troubadours and paper pushers: voice and guitar. The songs in his repertoire have come to him in such places as Ghana, Tennessee and Southeast Argovia. They are handpicked cover versions by such renegades, rolling stones and raconteurs as Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, and Kris Kristofferson. His original compositions, by comparison, talk about interstellar chorus lines, incandescent spaceship loons and Morrissey’s fascination with lazy dykes. Sometimes fervently thundering, at other times full of brittle subtlety - Martin Solo plays these songs as if he had nothing to lose.

Having completed his first tour and CD, Poetry and Soul, Martin Solo now proudly presents his new show: The Blues and Other Planets. Depending on the song, Martin Solo’s blues blatantly bangs its fist on the front door, or stealthily sneaks up from behind – like a back door man. But it’s always there, just like Tom Waits observed: “The blues is like a planet… It’s indelible and indispensable.” Moreover, Waits knows that “It’s a tree everybody’s swinging from.” That’s why Martin Solo keeps on rollin’ and tumblin’, fully cognizant of the fact that if it ain’t got that swing, it don’t mean a thing.