Martha & Eddie Adcock
Nowadays, for certain special engagements, “TwoGrass” duo Eddie & Martha Adcock is joined by Tom Gray. Together, they are one of the most dynamic string trios you’ll ever hear.
Eddie and Martha are perhaps the most popular and enduring duo in bluegrass music today, having joined forces three and a half decades ago to play their special vibrant brand of music. Martha is known for her evocative vocals and powerhouse rhythm guitar, while Eddie is lauded as one of the very few truly original stylists on banjo and guitar in bluegrass music. Tom Gray is a critically acclaimed bassist, much in demand, who co-founded the Seldom Scene group.
Eddie and Tom are the surviving half of one of the most innovative and influential bluegrass groups of all time, the ‘Classic’ Country Gentlemen of the Washington DC area. Those iconic Country Gentlemen, which also included Charlie Waller and John Duffey, were inducted together as a group in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 1996, the only band to be so awarded. They also were inducted into the Washington Area Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 1996.
Partners in music and life for over three decades, the dynamic duo of Eddie and Martha Adcock has become known as “the Biggest Little Band in Bluegrass”. They have toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, charming crowds and winning awards, rave reviews and heavy airplay around the world. Together since 1973, the spirited couple married in 1976 and now make their home near Lebanon, Tennessee, not far from Nashville.
Award-winners and multi-Grammy finalists, this lively team of two are called “stellar musicians and vocalists” by ‘Cashbox’ Magazine; and ‘Billboard’ names them “one of the Bluegrass circuit’s top acts” because of their dazzling delivery.
Woven into their distinctly-styled music, which they have named “TwoGrass”, are influences from Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Rockabilly, which transcend into a unique and heady sound that is part of the past, present, and definitely the future. Indeed, while it is a gourmet’s Bluegrass, representing both tradition and innovation, the musical label the pair prefers is “highly enjoyable”. Their exceptional expertise coupled with their warm-yet-edgy, uninhibited stage persona is a real treat.
The Adcocks have appeared on ‘Austin City Limits’, ‘Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree’, TNN’s ‘Nashville Now’ and ‘Wildhorse Saloon’, ‘Grassroots To Bluegrass’, and a host of NPR specials as well as syndicated, internet, and local TV and radio shows worldwide. Their video “Dog” aired on TNN, CMT, and CNN. They have released a number of popular recordings, appearing on several Bluegrass, Americana, college, rock, and Country charts; and they have recorded with quite a few other artists as well. While their music can be found on labels such as CMH, Smithsonian Folkways, Rebel, Sugar Hill, and Pinecastle, they now record for their own label, RadioTherapy Records.
Scores of articles, including many cover stories, have been published internationally about Eddie and Martha in books and periodicals. They’ve even contributed to the Bluegrass Cookbook and others, and have been featured several times on the Bluegrass Calendar. Their music and information about them appears on many internet sites.
The Adcocks are songwriters, arrangers, award-winning record producers, and recording engineers with their own Sunfall Studio and record label, RadioTherapy Records.
Eddie & Martha both have served as instructors at South Plains College’s summer Bluegrass Camp in Levelland, Texas, and often do learning workshops. They are sponsored by Deering Banjos, Gibson and Tacoma Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Shubb Capos, Dogwood Designs straps, and Colorado Case Company.
In touch with the first generation of Bluegrass music, the Adcocks’ visionary 1970’s maverick “newgrass” group Second Generation nevertheless made an extraordinary impact as they pushed Bluegrass’ envelope nearly three decades ago, fostering a whole movement. Before that, Eddie’s former group, the Country Gentlemen, had made the very first significant mark in expanding the boundaries of the music and is considered one of its premier bands of all time and one of its most important influences.
Other Adcock performing configurations of formidable reputation have included Talk Of The Town, The Eddie Adcock Band, The Masters (with Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, and Jesse McReynolds, winners of the IBMA’s Instrumental Recording of the Year award in 1990 for a CD produced by Eddie), the ‘Classic’ Country Gents Reunion (with John Duffey, Charlie Waller and Tom Gray, winners of the IBMA’s Recorded Event of the Year award in 1990 for its Adcock-produced CD), The Allstars (with Russell Moore, Charlie Waller, and Ray Deaton), All Thumbs (with Randall Hylton), a country-rock group called Adcock, and even a stint as nucleus of country outlaw David Allan Coe’s band, with Eddie as bandleader. Eddie plays several shows a year and records as part of Adcock, Gaudreau, Waller & Gray - The Country Gentlemen Reunion Band; and he and Martha frequently perform with special guest Tom Gray on bass.