Get the Real Butter Out!: An Interview with Greg Martin
Originally published at MoonRunners
Greg Martin has spent his entire career as a professional musician chasing down the roots. As lead guitarist and founding member of the Kentucky Headhunters, he has fully explored the links between country, blues, and rock and roll, creating a Southern-fried sound that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. Yet for a period of time in the early ’90s, Martin’s band was the talk of Music City. He calls it “luck,” but as anyone who has heard a Headhunters album or seen them in concert knows, the real word is “talent.”
I recently talked with Martin about the Headhunters, his various side projects, his guitar collection, how to get the most out of your stereo, and much more. You can read the complete interview below and please go see the Headhunters when they come through your town or pick up their latest record. You won’t be disappointed.
AS: Who would the Kentucky Headhunters rather write a fight song for: the Louisville Cardinals or the Kentucky Wildcats?
GM: (laughs). Well, I did grow up in Louisville, Kentucky so I have a special love for that city. That’s a tough question, man. And I’ll be honest with you. I think the Headhunters would almost write one for Louisville, but check this out. Back in 1997, we did a song called “She’s My Kentucky Wildcat.” So, politically, I’m gettin’ out of this pretty good, right? (laughs)
AS: What are you up to these days?
GM: Back in November of last year we released a brand-new CD on Red Dirt Music called Dixie Lullabies. First CD we’d done probably in three or four years. It’s all original material and we recorded and produced it at the old practice house in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. We id all the basic tracking there and then we took it down to Nashville. The right part of Nashville, by the way. We took it down to the outskirts to Mr. Richie Owens who has a cool little studio called Marathon Recorders and we mixed it down there.