Cheersdears (ft. Ernie Martinez)

Cheersdears (ft. Ernie Martinez)

An extremely versatile musician, Ernie Martinez plays just about every instrument that has strings, and more. He started out in the late 1960's playing guitar and drums. Then, when Foggy Mountain Breakdown and The Dueling Banjos came out, he was inspired to learn 5-string banjo. Soon afterwards, he took up the mandolin, resophonic guitar, and pedal steel. He started his first bluegrass band in 1971, while he was in high school. He also plays fiddle, piano, and bass. He has played in numerous bluegrass bands since high school and is one of the leading go-to sidemen in Colorado.

He has played on over 150 albums as a studio musician in both Colorado and Nashville, including those of Tom Paxton, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotsen and many more. He is in demand as an album producer, song-arranger, and co-writer.

Ernie is a brilliant musician, inspiring teacher, recording artist, songwriter, and producer. He teaches private lessons at Swallow Hill Music Association and Olde Town Pickin' Parlor, where his specialties are bluegrass and country, beginning through advanced levels. In addition, he teaches various classes at Swallow Hill, including bluegrass singing. He has taught at Pete Wernick's banjo camps.

He plays regularly with Runaway Express, Jon Chandler & the Wichitones, Loose Cannon Bluegrass, Dakota Blonde, Timothy P. Irvin and the Stocking Stuffers, Reckless Abandon, The Ouzo Project. He also performs solo.


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