Martin's first gig was on a local TV show in Long Beach during a trip to California."There was a show called `Cal's Corral,' and Squeekin' Deacon, a deejay at KFOX in Long Beach, one of the biggest country stations in Southern California, threw me onstage when I was 3 years old. I think I did `Little Red Wagon' (a Hank Thompson hit)."
In grade school he was already touring with his mother, a country and pop singer and songwriter, and his father, a pedal steel guitarist. "I started touring with them around 10 years old," Martin says. "I was playing guitar and sometimes drums."
KK Martin at the Starwood
He was transplanted to California in 1969, During his high school years, Martin didn't get the same education as most Long Beach Unified students. "We would go out sometimes for three months at a time," he said of his touring family. "There were periods when we were traveling where I would enroll in a school for a couple of days, and then we were back on the road. It was a very gypsy-like existence. We played every little honky-tonk, car lot and bowling alley, almost anyplace you could imagine. That's how we made a living, and that's how I'm still trying to make a living."
KK doing a guitar photoshoot
A man, a mic, a guitar.
“More than a 'follow-up' to Naked Blues, 'Naked Blues Vol 2' stands on it's own. K.K. Martin will be remembered in history as one of those player who really 'gets it', and always has.” -AMERICAN BLUES NEWS
“I'm sitting here listening to K.K. Martin's new Release Naked Blues Vol. II… "Rattlesnake Shake" - The first song from the Delta comes at you pretty thick, blackened and swampy. This is the real dealio fo' sho'. K.K.'s haunting vocals with his cotton-picking acoustic slide guitar playing plants you deeply in fertile earth…if you like Robert Johnson, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, and Elmore James I'm sure this album will have you reminiscing of dayz of old...I can almost smell the thick cigarette smoke and body sweat of an ol’ juke joint while the booze flowz like a river… God bless da Blues with this CD!” -CASHBOX MAGAZINE
“A genuine bluesman who believes in keeping it real…Martin can sing it up high or sing it down low; he’s full of spirit with each of the ten tracks included here, and it makes a fine sequel to his winning program on Naked Blues. With his acoustic guitar on his knee and original songs to communicate with, he carries the torch of tradition and keeps it alive.” -SOUTHLAND BLUES
“K.K. Martin’s blues are real and reality is what we all need a little more of these days." -BLUES SOURCE
Rattle Snake Shake, KK Martin, Naked Blues II
Dallas, KK Martin, Naked Blues II
Alligator Wine, KK Martin, Naked Blues II