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Martin Koop

Member sinceJanuary 02, 2018
LocationTiffin, Ohio
MembersMartin Koop
InfluencesJason Isbell, John Prine, Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Steve Poltz, Tim Easton
Artist Biography:
Throughout a thirty year exploration at festivals, pubs, coffee shops, college campuses, wineries, and theaters, Koop is emerging as a nationally touring artist following the release of his 2016 EP Blame It On the Blue Sky. The iconoclastic, bearded, storytelling songwriter is on a hot streak, coming off of his Blue Sky Tour of the Southwestern US. From humble beginnings as a coffee-house-open-mic-night regular in the early ’80s, to the folk clubs on Austin’s famed Sixth Street to Nashville’s Music Row, where he fed on heavy doses of twang, bluegrass, and folk music, throughout his years of adventurous obscurity, to his recent emergence as a nationally touring artist, Koop’s relentless pursuit of groove and grit and tone and well crafted lyrics is suddenly captivating enthusiastic audiences in the nooks and crannies of America.

In recent years, Koop has dived headlong into the verities and balderdash of the human condition, offering up his own inimitable take on the American folk song, with groove and grit. Sandusky Ohio’s Funcoast Magazine called Koop “proof that folk music is alive and well” and Nashville insider Richard Helm called Koop a “groove dawg.”

In addition to playing solo shows, Koop also performs with his band Free Wild and has served as regional co-coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International [NSAI] since 2007, fostering a songwriting community in NW Ohio.

He is a also a member of Folk Alliance International and The Americana Music Association.

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