Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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From Craigslist to Nashville

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2014  

Putting a band together is never easy. But country music artist Jacob Martin took a chance online to find his bandmates, a group that now enjoys radio airplay and has a second album in the works.

Since it formed, Jacob Martin Band has shared the stage with Nashville faves like Justin Moore and Lee Brice. Their next stop? Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey.


In what might be termed a modern casting call, Martin put the word out on online classifieds king, craigslist.com, that he needed bandmates.

“When we put the ad out on Craigslist we had no idea what type of musicians that we would attract,” said Martin, who went through a few different players until he found what he was looking for.

Today, the band includes Mike Guy on bass, Jeff Coggins on guitar, and Josh Carlson on drums.

“Josh … has the ability to not only learn the music quickly, but is flawless and makes no mistakes when he plays,” Martin said. “With Mike, it was his passion and persistence that attracted us to him. And when Jeff auditioned, we knew by the first song…He is by far one of the best guitar players in the Nashville scene.”


Martin is the founder and main songwriter of the band. But the group does use some outside material from other writers, and Martin also writes for a Nashville publishing company. So many songs zip back and forth until the band finds the “right” ones.

Guy also writes music for the band on occasion, as does their producer, Jody Stevens. Then, the band works together as a whole, usually from a guitar melody or rough demo, to build the song to fit their overall style. It’s teamwork that benefits the entire outfit, even if Martin is the de facto leader.

“Lots of discussion and ideas go into the process of preparing the song for the studio and live shows,” Martin said. “We are a band, and we are all creative in how the songs will sound.”

While that sound has its boots solidly in the country genre, there are other components that help Jacob Martin Band stand apart, one of those being the diversity that each bandmate brings to the process.

“We believe that fans will know right away who we are when they hear one of our songs on the radio,” Martin said. “We love that our fans have welcomed our style, and we will continue to grow making our sound our own.”


Now working on their second album, Jacob Martin Band is recording in Nashville again with Stevens, and plans to send a new single to radio and other media outlets some time this summer.

In the meantime, the tour is the thing, and these country boys take a personal approach that includes meeting as many of their fans as they can.

“We don’t care if it’s in front of five people or 10,000 people; we love to share our music with everyone,” Martin said. “And we have never been to Petoskey before, so we are very excited to play in a new place, in front of new people. We love it all.”

Jacob Martin Band will be in concert at Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Thurs., June 12 at 8pm. For more, visit jacobmartinband. com and odawacasino.com.

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