John The Martyr.
John The Martyr
October 15th, 2019 11PM
Born at the crossroads of good old-fashioned Harlem soul power and next generation New Orleans sounds, John The Martyr started when a NOLA native Kyle Ridley, recorded NYC doo-wop vocalist Bill Hudson after hearing him on the subway.
“I just knew that the bond Bill Hudson and I had was special,” recalls Kyle. “I wanted to listen to his voice more and more.”
Kyle shared those demos with childhood friend, Dustin DiSalvo, who both then built an 11-piece ensemble around Hudson and started playing NYC and NOLA regularly. They then signed to +1 Records and John The Martyr wrote the first chapter of their story with their recently released self-titled album debut.
The first single “Feeling Good” introduced John The Martyr with a one-two punch of Motown heart and New Orleans gusto. “That one lives up to its title,” laughs Bill. “It’s all about feeling good.”
Elsewhere on the record, “Cross The Line” taps into a gospel flare, fusing a modern production sensibility with timeless Detroit styles. “History” brings back the spirit of Motown into the modern age with its stark and simple delivery.
“I hope you sit back and hear it from top to bottom,” concludes Kyle. “It can make you feel good and move. That’s what this kind of music is supposed to do.”