Marty Stokes was originally raised on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, a true NATIVE ISLANDER and Floridian, and has been playing different variations of Blues Music since he was a kid. His style is raw, melodic, and reaches to the core. Stokes and his band always brings strong applause and positive reaction to the true Blues audience. His love of the Blues began as a youngster overseas while growing up in a Military family, and so there were several assignments overseas, where American / English influence on the genre was raging with eager European listeners. It was in Wiesbaden Germany that Stokes was struck hard, listening to the early works of Clapton, Johnny Winter, BB King, Peter Green, Alvin Lee, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and many others. These days you can catch him locally and regionally in some of the top blues venues where the best Blues players are performing around Florida. His 4 piece blues ensemble includes accomplished Saxophonist Jennifer Mazziotti, who has played alongside Stokes for the past 14 years. Familiar to the Blues Scene, Jennifer has performed, recorded and toured with Blues Greats James and Lucky Peterson, to name a couple. Jennifer comes from a Jazz Background which adds a nice color to the bands Progressive Blues feel. The tight rhythm section made up of Bassist Leo Mera who has performed with countless local artists, and by his second year of Med School, put together the band Blues Company with legendary Dominican blues guitar player Tito Fuzzand and with Drummer Ernesto Guerra the band is guaranteed to please the Blues Connoisseur.
Stokes has played alongside the renowned Matt Schofield (British Blues Hall of Fame Inductee), JP Soars (who also recorded on Stokes’ latest CD), Kenny Neal, and Albert Castiglia. Each month Marty Stokes will be opening for some of the top Blues artists in the country at a new Blues Venue, DJ’s Rhythm House. You won’t want to miss these shows ! He has also opened for Selwyn Birchwood, Elvin Bishop, and more. Local IBC winner and also 4 X Peoples Choice winners, the Marty Stokes Band will not disappoint.
Stokes' latest release and 4th CD entitled DOWN ON MY KNEES, features mostly originals, along with a cover previously by Albert Castiglia, entitled HURRICANE BLUES, laying down Stokes' own interpretation, as well as two original tracks accompanied in the studio by the famous JP Soars and drummer Chris Peet.This CD has been complimented by esteemed critics as being a 'great blues listen' and 'very well done' , and was also selected to represent the SOUTH FLORIDA BLUES SOCIETY'S first choice in representation for the BEST SELF-PRODUCED BLUES CD. Every blues lover needs a copy of this one for those long drives and for a refreshing, original sound that speaks to the core.
Marty Stokes’ originals have frequented Blues airspace especially in Europe and his Material has been broadcast on radio programs alongside Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Albert King, and others. Additionally Stokes’ 3rd CD (PICK UP THE PHONE) occupied Italy’s Blues Billboard as #12 in the top 25 Blues CDS recently. Additionally, for the past 5 years in a row, Marty Stokes has been honored with repeat invitations to attend and perform at the annual GUITAR PLAYERS' SHOWCASE in BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, where Florida's top Blues Guitarists are featured in front of the House / Host Band, for a standing room only audience at the FUNKY BISCUIT.
Historically, in no rush to occupy top spaces of Blues popularity, etc. the Marty Stokes Band continues to gain steam, and will undoubtedly take the next step with a skillful
publicist and booking agent, in order to insure that Blues enthusiasts will not miss out on this contribution to the Blues ! Watch for Marty Stokes Band appearances in your area and for new CD Releases !