North Carolina

Never Gonna Give You Up

Cover version of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

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Have I Told You Lately

Cover version of Have I Told You Lately by Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Van Morrison

©2017 Benji Martin Music

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Wish I Knew You

Cover version of Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists

This video contains coarse language.

©2017 Benji Martin Music

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Last Night At Muddy Creek #BenjiMartinNC #NCmusic #openmic

Hello, #Martinisers! How are you doing? I am doing great, especially after my performance at the Muddy Creek Cafe in Bethania yesterday evening. I was pleased to see everyone there, including the event’s emcee, Country Dan Collins, but I was surprised to see three other fellow musicians there from the Garage: Johnny “Hootie” Hoots (who is one of the most excellent bassists I have ever heard), Richard Boyd of the Bo-Stevens, and Fish (the artist formerly known as Catfish). If you do not know these guys, Google them for more information. My set at the Muddy Creek last night included Beth (Y’d U Have 2 Leave Me), an original that I wrote more than a decade ago but reedited a couple of years ago after a girl l liked very much broke my heart, plus I Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists and Wonderful Christmastime by Sir Paul McCartney and Wings. I cannot express enough what a great time I had singing and hearing the other musicians’ performances, nor can I say enough how pleased I was to see Hootie, Fish, and Richard again after being away from the open mic stage for several years.

To close, I also want to add that I will take next week off from performing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you and your family have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Coming To Westerwood Tomorrow Night!

Hey, Greensboro, get ready because I will be back at Westerwood Tavern on Guilford Avenue tomorrow evening for another open mic night, hosted by Matty Sheets of Greensboro-based group Lightweight. The event starts at 9 PM with sign-ups starting a half hour earlier. If you sing, play an instrument, or both, I encourage you to come out to Westerwood and play for us a song or two. See ya there!

6th November 2017

Just last Thursday, I went back to the Muddy Creek Cafe in Bethania, North Carolina for another amazing open mic night. Not only did I have an awesome time and enjoy some great music by other musicians, but when I took the stage, I sang an original song, (U) Spit Me Out, and the following two covers:

  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  • Welcome To Your Life by Grouplove

My friend, Country Dan Collins, who hosts this event every week, and I had a conversation about songwriter during which he mentioned that it was OK to write a crappy song sometimes as long as continue to work on your craft, and I mentioned the Goo Goo Dolls frontman, Johnny Rzeznik, who wrote Iris for the City Of Angels soundtrack after a period of dealing with writer’s block that followed the Dolls’ success of their 1995 breakthrough hit, Name. I told Dan that Johnny said, “If it sucks, I don’t care,” as he was writing Iris. As an artist who writes music when the spirit moves me, I tend to agree that a song does not have to be perfect or a hit. It just has to come from your heart.

Remember that the open mic night at Muddy Creek happens every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM with sign-ups starting 15 minutes earlier. Come on out one week, and show us what you’ve got!

25th October 2017 #BenjiMartinNC #concert #openmic #NCmusic #GSONCmusic

Last night, Westerwood Tavern was the setting for my first open mic performance in Greensboro since 2009. Like at Muddy Creek Cafe in Bethania last week, I felt at home at Westerwood because an old acquaintance from my Flatiron days, Blockheads leader Matty Sheets, welcomed me with open arms. 

The Flatiron was a club where I played from 2005 through 2009. It was located on Summit Avenue in downtown Greensboro until it shut down a few years ago.

Last night’s list of performers had about 20 people because besides us musicians, several comedians signed up. I was 18th on that list, and I treated the audience to renditions of:

  • I Won’t Back Down/Stay With Me — Tom Petty/Sam Smith
  • Have I Told You Lately — Sir Rod Stewart/Sir Van Morrison

Even Matty was impressed with how I have improved as an artist over these past few years since my last open mic performance at the Flatiron. Not only will I continue to sing at Westerwood and at Muddy Creek, but I will continue to find other open mic opportunities so that more people will hear my music.