Wednesday, 21 November 2018

New To You: Stephen Martines releases "Shot Glasses & Bullet Holes"

Shot Glasses and Bullet Holes is a soulful ballad that speaks to the emotions we all grapple with when suffering a loss – whether of a loved one, a relationship, or failures brought on by our own bad judgement - and our own way of working through the pain.

Stephen Martines’ heartbreaking new single, "Shot Glasses & Bullet Holes" (and fourth radio release) is an aching reflection of self-isolation and loneliness. Co-written by Brandon Ray ("Ends of the Earth," "Small Talkin'") and Bart Butler (Thomas Rhett's "Make Me Wanna"; Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker), the song is an emotional bullet that pierces the heart of anyone that has ever experienced earth-shattering sadness.

Labels: Red Rose Records and Publishing

Total Time: 03:54

From the Album: Shot Glasses and Bullet Holes

Original Release Date: October 31, 2018
Release Date: November 16, 2018

Genres: Country

I set ‘em up and knock ‘em down…
It’s what I do when I don’t know how to lose somethin’ that I can’t get back
Acoustic guitar coalesces into a sweeping chorus, rumbling beneath Martines’ nuanced vocal performance that wraps listeners in his warmth like a vocal comforter. 

You can feel Martines' personal experience peek through, a man once battered and bruised by the loss of his father and a lonely childhood emerges throughout the beautiful melody and burgeoning arrangement, making for a triumphantly heartfelt journey.

On the heels of his powerful Sounds Like Whiskey (released this summer), Stephen is in the studio recording songs for his debut album and actively performing – most notably of late at the Country Smooth Fest in New Orleans alongside Hunter Hayes, Tyler Farr, Granger Smith and Joe Nichols, following high-energy sets in Nashville this past summer at the 2018 CMA Fan Festival in Nashville. A spring/summer tour schedule is currently in the works.
About Stephen Martines
Stephen Martines is a singer/songwriter/actor who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he excelled as a soccer player. 

Following a successful stint as a nationally-recognized model, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and began a career in television – becoming a regular on shows like General Hospital and The Guiding Light – eventually branching out into prime-time television, with roles on The Closer, Vampire Diaries, CSI Miami, Burn Notice, The Mentalist and Supernatural, among others.

Along the way, his passion for songwriting called him to Nashville where he became a songwriter in the Warner-Chappell stable. 

This contact gave him the opportunity to write and hone his craft with future mega-talents like Jon Nite, Ross Copperman, Brandon Ray, Josh Dunne and Vinny Hickerson.

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