Bluegrass Martins


by Sandi Millar/Chuck Millar

The Bluegrass Martins is a great family band that has been playing music for many many years. Enjoy this article and be sure to check out the Interview with Lee Martin (mandolin player). See below.


When we Met the Bluegrass Martins

Chuck and I met the Bluegrass Martins at the Kings Inns Hotel I believe it was in Iowa just over the border from Minnesota. This was probably around 2004 maybe 2005. They were playing a bluegrass festival in this very run down hotel. Of course, at that time we were in the mode of just driving to festivals and see what happens.

The first thing I remember was seeing Janice playing the banjo. Since 1991, when I first got into bluegrass I have never seen a female play a banjo-like she was playing it. Just totally driving the jam and taking charge in a very subtle way. It was just amazing to watch and learn.


Lee Martin

A few years later we got to know Lee Martin. He is truly a gentleman. I remember him as a younger kid who was in a jam with us and his eyes got very big when Chuck played the mandolin. Over the years we have watched him develop into a great musician.
He’s been very welcoming in any jam we’ve been in with him, encouraging not only younger but older players to join in. A young man with a wise soul. A great player and kindhearted.

We’ll always cherish our RV jams and an unforgettable night walk to the beach with Lee and a few other musician friends. What a great moment in our music history and it will stand out in our memories for years to come.

Lee was kind enough to do an interview with us. INTERVIEW WITH LEE MARTIN


More on the Bluegrass Martins

The Bluegrass Martins is a young, entertaining, talented, and award-winning ensemble of individuals who just happened to be a part of the same amazing family. But youth and bloodline notwithstanding, their peers and their many fans agree that quality musicianship, stellar vocals, and pure entertainment.


Roots Run Deep

The Bluegrass Martins have roots that run deep. They’ve studied at the school of the masters and have graduated with flying colors. Their sincere respect for traditional music is evident in every aspect of their craft. Their music and the fans that support it. It’s no surprise that this band is becoming one of the most celebrated and requested bands on the touring circuit today. For quality and professionalism personified, the name to know is the Bluegrass Martins.


Music Heritage

Today as yesterday, bluegrass music remains as down-to-earth and as relevant as ever in the hands and hearts of those who have the desire to come of age immersed in its soul. Among today’s musicians, there is but a remnant talented enough to call forth and build upon the music’s heritage.

Bluegrass Martins are just such a band. Affirming the musical legacy they carry forward, Bluegrass Martins have begun to receive modest recognition including Twelve times voted SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year by Midwest fans, winners of the SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Championship in Nashville, TN in 2007


Ozark Hills

Born and raised where the prairie meets the Ozark hills in Morgan County, Missouri the band is now based in the ‘show me’ state’s capital Jefferson City. While becoming perennial favorites on the bluegrass circuit since 2001, they have entertained tens of thousands of guests at hundreds of events from California to the Carolinas, Minnesota to Texas, from Florida to Maine and many stops between, including some trips out to Canada as well, drawing an increasing number of fans to their fold.


The Younger Generation

They instill hope for the future of the music through their tradition honoring stagecraft, but perhaps more importantly, a younger generation of fans through their dynamic concerts, they are dedicated to paying their dues. A witness not only to the bond they share among each other but the commitment to share their love of music with their fans young and old. Simply put – they embody the best of bluegrass music’s heritage.

Source: Bluegrass Martins Website


More on the Bluegrass Martins

47 SPBGMA Midwest Awards! (2004 – 2016)

including 4 Times “Vocal Group of the Year”

and “Instrumental Band of the Year” for 12 years!


Over 100 SPBGMA Midwest nominations! (2003 – 2016)

For a complete list of awards and nominations click here.


The Martins are the 2007 SPBGMA International Band Championship Winners

2002 Silver Dollar City ‘Youth In Bluegrass’ Contest Winners


Bluegrass Festivals and other Venues

2007 Rhonda Vincent Bahamas Bluegrass Cruise

Silver Dollar City – Branson, MO

Music In The Mountains – Summersville, WV

Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival – Sidney, ME

Podunk Bluegrass Festival – East Hartford, CT

Franklin Bluegrass Festival – Franklin, KY

Blythe Bluegrass Festival – Blythe, CA

Starvey Creek Bluegrass Festival – Conway, MO

Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival – Waldron, AR


Television Appearances

WMBD 31 – Peoria, IL

Pepper and Friends – KOMU TV-8 – Columbia, MO

KAIT TV 8 – Jonesboro, AR


Live Radio Broadcasts

KRLL 1420 am – California, MO

Saturday Morning Classic Country Show – KS95 95.1 FM – Versailles, MO

High Lonesome Sound – KOPN 89.5 FM – Columbia, MO


Contact the Martins at:

(573) 569-1018


P.O. Box 6677

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Source: Bluegrass Martin Website



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