Moxie Release Show! January 25th!

The time has finally come! Moxie is ready to go and the band is champin’ at the bit! So be there with your bells on, Oasis Pub (16 Bank Street, New London CT) on the 25th. Also appearing are native sons Quiet Life and New Haven’s own indie darlings M.T. Bearington.  Thanks a much love to everyone who loved on us, supported Dig and we’re looking froward to rocking you in 2013! Don’t forget to keep up with and The Telegraph Recording Company!

Here’s some rockin’ Quiet Life for ya!

And some sweet sweet M. T. Bearington

HodgePodge Hartford! Oct 21!

Daphne Lee martin & Raise the Rent appearing at the Hartford HodgePodge! We play 2-4pm!

Pratt Street is hosting a fusion of events – equal parts street bazaar, festival and farmers’ market, the inaugural Hartford HodgePodge will feature food, vendors, artisans and music in a high-energy setting, kicking off on Sunday, October 7, from noon until 6 p.m. Rinse and repeat every Sunday until November 18!

Anything goes! The interesting, the weird and bizarre are all welcome! Got something to SHOW, SHARE or SHOUT? We want to promote other great Hartford groups, events, and businesses throughout the event so if we’re missing something or someone, if you need a vendor application or if you’d like to get involved, please email Stephanie Lynn at (860) 249-1757

Civic Mind, the Business Improvement District (BID), the City of Hartford (MECA), and ProPark are collaborating to bring the Hartford HodgePodge to Downtown Hartford! Spread the movement, celebrate community and join the HodgePodge!

Vanilla Bean Presents: Daphne Lee Martin & Amy Black

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Amy Black ~
Amy Black is a Boston based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood. She burst onto the Boston scene a few short years ago and in record time, she and her band have become one of the most sought after new acts in New England, sharing the stage with Chris Isaak,The Courtyard Hounds, Rodney Crowell and Joe Ely and playing to packed houses across the region. Black al

so recently made her mark down south as a featured artist on the live radio show “Music City Roots” hosted by Jim Lauderdale and as a headliner at The Basement in Nashville and Eddie’s Attic in Georgia at at the Americana Music Association’s annual event.
Black’s background is as refreshingly honest as her music. “My parents are from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama,” Amy explains. “But my dad is a preacher so we moved around a lot when I was a kid. I grew up in Missouri and Alabama and at 16, my parents moved the family to Boston. Talk about culture shock!”
Several times a year Amy would return to her family’s Alabama hometown where her granddad, Thomas Reuben Jones, remained a core influence. “Man, did I love listening to him tell stories,” she remembers. “He grew up red-dirt poor in Waterloo, Alabama and put himself through college. He worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for decades and then started his own business. His stories were so rich with detail and he loved telling them. He was a bit of a showman and I think he passed that on me.”
Amy sang publicly throughout her teens and fronted bands in college, but she did little with her music for nearly a decade. Her love for singing, however, would not be quelled. “About five years ago,” she says, “I told myself ‘it’s now or never.’”
Black and her band started performing fresh takes on classic covers by her influences, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and her original influence, Bonnie Raitt. All she planned to do was sing, but Black quickly discovered she had songwriting skills of her own and began to add originals to her live show. In April of 2011, she released her sophomore album One Time, made up primarily of those originals.
Amy’s gift of conjuring flesh and blood characters and emotions leaves an indelible mark. “Real American Roots music is born from adversity,” she says. “Loving, lying, drinking, dying and going to heaven – not necessarily in that order.”

Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers | Daphne Lee Martin at the Russian Lady!

Join us at The Russian Lady Tuesday October 9th as we host Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers in our Billiards Room.  Whether it’s an upbeat honky tonk beat or a slow sad story song, Zoe’s music is very honest and familiar.  Come enjoy a night of live music here at The Russian Lady starting at 8pm! 2012 CT Music Awards Country Artist of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent will be there to open the show! Here’s more info at the FB Event!

Some love from the Advocates! Oh & come to the show!

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By Mike Sembos11:28 a.m. EDT, September 18, 2012

Best Country: Daphne Martin & Raise the RentDaphne Martin grew up in Southeastern Ohio where the sounds of Appalachian ballads, classic country and fiddle/banjo music were always nearby. She moved to New York City when she was still a teenager to get involved with the Folk Music Society of New York and hone her chops on city stages — before running off to travel America’s waterways on schooners. By 2002 she was ready to settle into a drier, more permanent location, and she decided on New London where she’s been ever since. These days, Martin and her husband Rich Martin own the Telegraph, a vinyl-centric record store. Out of the shop, they run the Telegraph Recording Company, a label documenting some of the plentiful, high-quality local acts that deserve more attention. Martin and her band Raise the Rent are the culmination of her musical experiences to date. It’s country-Americana at its best, mixed with some New Orleans flavored jazz and a little help from her musically talented friends.

(more HERE!)

Come out to any of the next batch of shows, starting with the CT Band Slam show at Black Eyed Sally’s! HERE‘s the event page for more info!

CT Music Awards!

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent are up for Country Band of the year! Come check out the ceremony!

Winners of this year’s Grand Band Slam will be announced at the 1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards, a Grammy-style ceremony held at The Bushnell in Hartford on Wednesday, September 12th.

In addition to awards, the show will feature performances, guest presenters and more!

Tickets for this event are available to the general public. The price is $10. There are two ways to get tickets…

1) Call The Bushnell at (860) 987-5900

2) Order online at the Bushnell’s website:

This will be a great event and we hope to see you there!

Daphne & Raise the Rent on TV & You can be in the audience!


Join us on Friday, July 20 at The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford for the next installment of our series Live & Local! As always the show will be filmed and will air on WCCT (channel 11 or 20 on most cable systems in CT).

Sunspots ~ If you pulled the rusting factories, odd urban centers, and dairy farms of Connecticut into a sound, you’d come close to a band like Sunspots. The group has been described as a combination of “rootsy rock with soulful pop hooks” (Eric Danton, Hartford Courant) and is especially known for their dynamic live performances, which range from richly-harmonized pop songs to fuzz rock singalongs. Maintaining a relentless performing schedule, the band is based in Hartford, CT, where they are ardent supporters of the emerging, tight-knit music community, while branching out to perform frequently across New England and southward on tours down the East Coast.

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent ~ Wrung from the rags of New London’s speakeasies, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent stir together a wicked musical cocktail, drawing from the deep well of the American songbook. Fusing honky-tonk torch vocals with swing and gypsy fiddling, swirling jazz-pop, and ragtime harmony singing, they bring together the gems of their own original songs with a top-shelf selection of beloved American broadsides of a bygone age. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy evening of sweet melodies or a night of swinging tunes, Raise the Rent is a band you must pull over to hear!

Paper Hill Casket Company~ Formed in the fall of 2011, Paper Hill Casket Company is a gothic americana band hailing from New Haven, Connecticut. The group consists of five members with vastly different musical influences. Classical style violin combines with clanging rhythmic banjo to drive songs exploring such topics as arson and natural disaster. PHCC absorbs New England antiquity and incorporates it into a music that is sometimes melodic and lilting, sometimes driving and raucous. The band is currently deeply immersed in recording their first full length album, Undertow. Paper Hill Casket Company’s shows combine the intimacy of traditional string music with the high energy dance-ability of a rock show. They are best paired with whiskey.

Doors at 8 pm, Show starts at 9:00, 21+, $5 cover (all money goes to the bands!)

Here’s the Facebook Event Invite!


Bridgeport by Storm!

This Sunday, the 24th! We’re pulling a double-header in Bridgeport, starting with David Golden’s Sunday Brunch Concert at 1pm on WPKN, 89.5FM or tune in online at This’ll be a performance interview with the band.

Then we cruise up the street to Two Boots and play a matinee show at 4pm. Great grub and suds and no cover! And if you’re feeling musical, it’s karaoke after we’re done!

This one will be super fun, and we hope to see lots of you at Two Boots and make you laugh on WPKN!

Love,   Daphne Lee & RtR