Johnny Cash’s Right Hand Man, Chance Martin

Chance-scans-3-webChance Martin has gone by a lot of alter egos such as the Stoned Ranger, the Voice in Black, Alamo Jones and many others, yet it was under his own name that he released a country music oddity back in 1981. Having originally started as cue card man for Johnny Cash’s television show, he worked his way up to become Cash’s personal lighting director and stage manager before taking a break to work on his own album in a studio at his parents’ home. Taking five long years to produce and record In Search , Martin created a sound unlike any other in country music. Described as “countrydelic” and “a strange Southern Gothic,” the album has been compared to Waylon Jennings, The Bob Seger System, and Frank Zappa. Compared to his newer music, the album does seem more in line with those comparisons. Now being reissued for the first time since its original 1000 print pressing, In Search offers all the original recordings plus dozens of photos and “a 13,000 word oral history chapbook recounting Chance’s adventures with all the legends.” Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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