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Benny Martin

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About the artist

Benny Martin was one of bluegrass music's premiere fiddlers and the inventor of
the 8-string fiddle.

From boyhood around Sparta, TN, Benny Martin began what was to become a
flamboyant career as one of bluegrass and country music’s most exciting and
creative instrumentalists, distinctive vocalists and colorful entertainers.  

Martin was a member of The Grand Ole Opry for a few years in the late 1950’s
and teamed briefly with Don Reno in 1965 for recordings and personal
appearances including a gig at the historic Fincastle festival in September 1965.  
Widely emulated by his peers during a career covering more than 55 years, he
recorded for more than a dozen record companies that include Mercury, MGM,
Decca, RCA, Starday, Monument, Flying Fish and CMH as a featured artist, in
addition to countless jobs as a session player.  

Benny Martin’s song compositions include “Ice Cold Love,” “If I Can Stay Away
Long Enough” and his sensational, autobiographical “Me And My Fiddle.”  He
was honored by the IBMA in 1997 with its Award Of Merit.  After several years of
failing health, he died March 13, 2001.