Martin Zellar

  • Martin Zellar
  • Born Under (Rykodisc) 1994 
  • Martin Zellar and the Hardways
  • Martin Zellar and the Hardways (Rykodisc) 1996 
  • The Many Moods of Martin Zellar & the Hardways (Owen Lee) 1998 
  • Live: Two Guitars, Bass & Drums (Owen Lee) 2000 

Shifting out of the Gear Daddies (but hanging onto the quartet’s bassist), Minnesota singer/guitarist Martin Zellar went solo on Born Under, heading further down the simple backroad paths of rustic country and heartland rock, sometimes mixing styles in a single song. A sensitive, observant songwriter devoted to personal issues no greater than “East Side Boys,” Zellar has a grit-strewn voice with a mannered catch better suited to the harsh honesty of his lyrics than the placid curves of his melodies. Guitarist Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum guests on “Lie to Me,” Adam and Noah Levy of the Honeydogs are all over the record.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Honeydogs