|Marti Brom, Wicked Little Rockabilly Feline
Marti Brom's vision is to bring back a hillbilly glamour to country and rockabilly music. Ask me and I'll tell you she's has already done that. Besides her more than just pretty looks, Marti also has the most beautiful singing voice I've heard in ages, without any doubt! The ultimate mix of Patsy Cline and Charline Arther with a rockabilly beat. I get shivers down my spine everytime I hear her voice echoing through my livingroom, no matter what record of hers I'm spinning; her heartbreaking selfpenned "Wicked White Lies", her dark voiced rockabilly version of Wayne Walker's "All I Can Do Is Cry" or Ray Stanley's "Latch On", to name but a few.
Marti was born and bred in St. Louis, Missouri. She spent her summers in the bayous of South Louisiana with her grandparents. Today, she applies her bluesy St. Louis voice and sensibilities to the hillbilly purist aesthetics found in Austin, Texas to create a raucous but sultry rockabilly music. Her vision is to bring back a hillbilly glamour to country and rockabilly music. Marti's musical career was set in motion in 1989 when her husband Bobby, then a captain stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, brought home a flyer announcing auditions for an Officer Wives Club production of a musical called "The 1940s Radio Show". She I worked up some Andrews Sisters songs and tried to hide behind the piano during the audition. But then she landed the starring role. After the first night of dancing and singing in her slip in front of an aircraft hangar full of hootin' servicemen, she lost her stage fright forever.
Her first single, "Crazy Fever", written by High Noon guitarist Sean Mencher, was released in 1992 on a small Nashville-based label, but subsequent releases came slowly. Two more singles in 1995 and 1996, as well as a 1995 live cassette and a handful of compilation appearances were all anyone outside of Austin heard of Marti Brom until she and Bobby released "Mean!" in 1998 on their own Squarebird label.
The (re)release of her 1995 recording "Lassoed Live" with her Jet Tone Boys (Goofin' GRCD 6093), "Snake Ranch" with The Barnshakers (Goofin'GRACD 6701) and "Feudin' and Fightin'" with the Cornell Hurd Band (Goofin' GRACD 6702) assured her popularity with many country and rockabilly fans. There's only one hitch at this point: Marti remains reluctant to tour extensively without her two children along.
"No, I won't go on major tours where I'm gone for weeks at a time. I have kids, and I knew when I had them that I wasn't going to say 'See ya!' And I know that's not a good thing if you're with a record label that wants you out promoting yourself all the time. But my records seem to sell regardless."
Story derived from a Country Standard Time feature by Don Johnson: