Feature Friday with John Di Martino
Summer is really heating up—finally! I don’t know about you, but for a while there, when we were having fifty-degree mornings and evenings, it didn’t really feel like summer. Now, though, with the sound of the ice cream truck around the corner and the sweat slick on the back of my neck, I’m ready to turn on some country music, take a dip in the pool and crack open a beer!
Country music is the sound of summer in America, and there’s really not a hotter country album out right now than Cryin’ In My Whiskey, which offers jazzy renditions of your most favorite country classics, like “Whenever You Come Around.”
And this Friday, we get to chat a little bit with composer, arranger, and pianist John Di Martino, who is featured in Cryin’ In My Whiskey, and who journalist Mark Ruffin described as “one of the most inventive small group arrangers in NYC.”
What was your most beloved song as a child and why?
“Once in a Lifetime” by Anthony Newly.
What is your favorite country song (that is not included in Cryin’ in My Whiskey)?
“El Paso” by Marty Robbins.
What was it like rehearsing and producing this album?
I really enjoyed producing and arranging this project. Kathy Salem and I are thinking about making another country music CD featuring a male singer!
Our album Cryin’ In My Whiskey is available on all major music platforms now and in our store.