Fox News Segment | Grand Band Slam

Daphne & Raise the Rent had the privilege of playing at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford last night as part of the Grand Band Slam & Ct Music Awards! We took home Best Country at the ceremony and were jazzed to be able to play with Bad Rooster and Forgotten By Friday last night! Big thanks again to Chip McCabe at for all of his hard work and dedication to the local music community!  GO show all of these folks your love, their names are linked to their awesomeness!

Fox news showed up and did a sweet little interview with us for the 11 o’clock news last night and here’s the video segment!

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

Daphne Lee MartinDaphne Lee Martin (September 18, 2012)
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!

Elison Jackson & Daphne Lee Martin

The Telegraph Recording Company ~ you know the folks who brought you ‘Dig & Be Dug’ as well as Low Beam’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ and Jim Carpenter’s ‘The Dream’ ~ are back on it this summer with the sweet new EP from Elison Jackson, ‘I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drain Pipe‘, a strong follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 full-length debut ‘Spectral Evidence‘. But it gets even better for fans of Raise the Rent- not only does Daphne sing on this record, but Sam from Elison Jackson sings on our upcoming EP ‘Moxie’ as well. Take a listen:

Man From Lowell ~Elison Jackson by Telegraph Recording Co.

You can pre-order the record, and help us all put it out on vinyl at our kickstarter page- but do it soon, we only have 24 days left!!!

And if you dig what you hear, but want the live experience, Elison Jackson will be playing in New Haven with the Sadies at Cafe Nine on Thursday night!

Steve Kaika ~ In Our Hearts Always

This Friday night, JUNE 15, we celebrate Steve! NUMEROUS benefits happening all over town in addition to the main Hygienic benefit – which will ALL support Steve’s family. Advance tickets are STRONGLY SUGGESTED for the Hygienic benefit… purchase advance tickets at The Dutch, The Telegraph, Caruso Music, Mystic Disc, Imagine gifts. SPREAD THE WORD!

The Hygienic Art Park
(79-83 Bank Street)
7 to 11pm, ALL AGES
$10 suggested donation
The Rivergods
Ken Atkins and The Honky Tonk Kind
The Original Sinners
and other special guests!

The El-N-Gee Club
(86 Golden Street)
10pm, $5, 21+
Dirt Road Radio
The Meadows Brothers
Harper and Owens

The Oasis Pub
(16 Bank Street)
11pm, $5, 21+
Incognito Sofa Love
Daphne Lee Martin
Burnouts From Outer Space

(33 Golden Street)
11pm, $5, 21+
Anne Castellano & The Smoke
Rachel Carson Band
Catfish Phillips



2012 Whalie Awards!

The 2012 Whalie Awards will be held on May 26th at the Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT!

The Whalies are the New London equivalent of the Grammys. A full-on event incorporating the glitz and glamour that comes with your typical award show! The 2012 Whalie Awards will be a benefit for the New London Music Festival Organization, which funds I Am Festival!

The people’s choice categories have been announced and the nominees are up for your listening pleasure at Wailing City, so go check out the fantastic music made right here in New London County and show some love by voting for your favorites! Oh yeah, and we’re up for several categories, including best Music Video, Best Americana, and Album of the Year! We’ll see you at the Whalies!