Ricky endorses Martin! Press release...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3-10-2010

Jefferson, GA - One of the most revered names in music to any guitarist, amateur or virtuoso, is without question, Martin guitars.

C. F. Martin and Co. is arguably the most prominent brand in the world for acoustic guitars, with an endorsing artist family that includes Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, Arlo Guthrie, Merle Haggard, John Mayer, Sting and dozens of other musical legends and household names.

March 2010 marks the addition of Martin’s latest endorsing artist, Folk & Christian singer/songwriter Ricky Fitzpatrick.

“This is undoubtedly a high point in my musical career”, he comments. “I’ve used Martin products for many, many years and am extremely humbled and proud to be associated with them as an artist this way.”

Critics have long hailed Fitzpatrick as "the next James Taylor", with a voice that's "as smooth as moonshine".  But he is best known locally, for his narrative Folk songs about the area. Songs like “Pocataligo”, “Jot ‘Em Down” and “Highway 98” have established him and his writings as a fixture for lovers of local music and nostalgia.

His musical career spans over 20 years, in pop, rock, country, folk and Christian genres, performances from “Live at the Apollo” to The Bluebird Café, and over a dozen industry awards for vocal performance and songwriting. He’s also recently celebrated two Number One downloads in the UK, was named as one of the Top Ten Folk artists on Myspace and was chosen as the 2008 GMIA Writer Relations Director for the State of GA.

In addition to his own musical work, Ricky also runs two of his own record labels (F2 Records and RFM Music Group), posts regular offerings to his online devotional blog (http://besidemeallalong.blogspot.com/) and still maintains an active schedule with the charitable organization that he helped to found, The Healing Power of Music.

His latest CD, “Beside Me All Along” is a collection of acoustic, unplugged versions of some of the most timeless inspirational hymns and Holiday songs ever written. Fans of artists like Wes King, Bebo Norman, and of course, James Taylor will find it familiar territory.

For more information on the music of Ricky Fitzpatrick, please visit him online at www.rickyfitzpatrick.com.

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