After a whirlwind affair with roots music, garnering her several songwriting and performance awards, including CT Music Awards’ 2012 Country Artist of the Year and Whalie Awards’ Album of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin is back in force with a new collection of songs on her latest record, Moxie (Telegraph Recording Company). Since its release, Moxie has been featured on The Needle Drop, Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton’s Listen, Dammit, NPR‘s Where We Live, No Depression, WTNH‘s CT Style, The Day‘s Live Lunch Break, and Boston Dig, Surviving the Golden Age, as well as a number of other national blogs and zines. Moxie charted in the Top 200 CMJ weekly chart in March (with over 45 adds) and was included in Under the Radar‘s official SXSW Sampler followed by a national tour including SXSW. She is currently in the studio working on the follow-up record, Frost and preparing to tour again in the fall.
Boasting a new cast of characters in a deeply provocative and reflective story, Daphne’s live show leans heavily on trip hop, blue-eyed soul and prohibition-era voodoo all set in a seedy cabaret. Moxie was produced by Bill Readey in New Haven CT and features several guests from the wealth of the Elm City’s music scene, including John Panos (Mates of State), Matt Lindauer (Sugarbat), Eric Stevenson (Pocket Vinyl), Milksop:Unsung, Matt Thomas (M.T.Bearington), Sam Perduta (Elison Jackson) and Erik Elligers (Goodnight Blue Moon).
“Moxie has a whole lot of style, confidence, and just the right amount of self-conscious smirk. Warm and inviting, it duly manifests its role as the hooker with a heart of gold.” – Fabricoh Magazine
“Lemme tell you it’s a badly behaved set of tracks. It’s a liquored up weekend whose hangover lasts well into the work week.” –Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop
“Moxie is an altogether different affair. Less a collection of songs – more a soundtrack to a wild burlesque show. Underwater, dreamy vocals, you hear reggae beats under New Orleans horns….bossa nova…honky tonk…Gypsy and swing….all in a late-night cabaret. ” –John Dankosky, NPR
“The music is a little dirty, a little dangerous but a hell of a good time.” – Chip McCabe, CT.com
”Devilishly delightful… a skip through sin city.” – Dissociative ID, WKDU Phildelphia