HOVVDY’s Charlie Martin Shares “Swirl (Piano Version)” 

One half of Austin, TX duo Hovvdy, Charlie Martin shares “Daisy (Piano Version),” a beautiful reimagining of the stand-out from his debut solo album, Imaginary People

I started writing ‘Daisy’ years ago. It existed just as a piano melody for the longest time. Around 2020 finally the words came that felt right,” explains Martin. ‘I’m singing about safe travels; how vulnerable traveling can feel and how grateful I am when things go well. This past summer I lost my grandpa; made countless trips down to Gulfport, MS where he was in the hospital (along Hwy 90), and I was working on this piano project in the time between those trips. Needless to say to it was a hard time for me and my family, and I was lucky as always to have music to lean on.

Last month Martin announced the deluxe edition of Imaginary People which features 4 alternate piano versions of songs from the 2021 album. Imaginary People Deluxe Edition (Grand Jury) is out this Friday. The deluxe edition will be available for purchase on CD & cassette on Friday, while standard vinyl versions of the album are available now.

Hot on the heels of a tour with Teethe, Martin is hitting the road next week with Ichiko Aoba. All dates below. Additionally, on October 11th at 8:30 pm ET, Martin will be streaming a live performance exclusively on his Bandcamp page, and Charlie will be present in the chat taking questions from fans. The performance was recorded live in Austin, Texas around his recent hometown debut at Mohawk. 

Returning to rootsy influences, Charlie Martin’s gentle Southern tone paints in the timeless tradition of an Arthur Russell or Jon Brion. “I’ve always found it therapeutic to weave fictional characters into songs, folding them into my own real or imaginary experiences. Usually, the character is someone I can help, or maybe they can help me — someone I empathize with and can learn from,” said Martin. “I want people to hear the songs and feel comforted or lifted up. That’s always my goal.

10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery *

10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery *

10/15 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall *

10/17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre *

10/18 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall *

10/20 – Chicago, IL – Constellation *

10/21 – Chicago, IL – Constellation *

10/23 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall *

10/25 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom *

10/26 – Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust (Two Shows) *

10/28 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live *

* w/ Ichiko Aoba