Buzz Martin: A Logger Finds An Opening
RIPCORD SLP 003
12″ LP Album
It’s a long road from those Five Rivers hills to Nashville, Tennessee, in more ways than just miles, but I finally made it. I mention Nashville because it’s the biggest highlight of my career, and I was asked for personally by the greatest of them all, Johnny Cash himself.
It was 1951 when the lines were strung and electricity came into Five Rivers, so up until then all the radios were battery operated. We always made sure we had a well charged battery for Grand 0l’ Opry night. I’ve always been kind of a dreamer, and I’d sit there and dream of stepping out on the stage of the Old Ryman Auditorium.
When you’re logging along the Oregon Coast, it’s just a series of ridges and deep canyons covered with the awfullest, tangled up mess of Vine Maple, Salmon Berry Brush, Devils Club, Sal-al Brush and Huckleberry, you can imagine. We were always telling each other, ”Hang right in there, we’ll find an opening pretty soon.”
Well, I finally found that big opening I’d been searching for.
This inadequate means of communication we use, called the English language, doesn’t contain the words I need to express what I feel inside toward everyone who has helped me along the way. There isn’t enough space to name all my friends and family, and the multitude of strangers I’ve met, who have become friends.
Sure, Nashville was great, and a dream come true, but when I step out on a stage of an auditorium full of loggers and mill workers, there is a common bond between us that I can actually feel in the air.
When Johnny Cash brought me out on stage in Nashville and introduced me, he said, “the only difference between me and Buzz is, he’s singin’ about lumberjacks and I’m singin’ about cotton pickers!”
I’ve had so many people ask me when are you going to record something besides logging songs. Well, this is what we’ve done on this album. We hope you like at least a couple of them.
One of my bosses at Ripcord Records, Mr. Fred Edwards, who has also become my good friend, asked me if I’d been working on any more logging songs for our next album. I told him, “Once a logger, you always think logging.” I can’t wait to start cutting it, and this logger is one happy fella because, ”at last I found my opening.”
Vocal Arrangements by:
Bob Blum, Lorri Rogers, Steve West & Rick Keefer
Recorded at Ripcord Recording Studio, Vancouver, Washington, using Ampex AG 440-8 and AG 440 -4 recorders, Neumann and RCA microphone systems, and a Langevin 12 channel mixing console.
Produced by Bob Blum and Rick Keefer. Photos by Kent Smith.
1. A Logger Finds An Opening
2. Automated Love
3. I Just Happened To Be In The Way
4. Butterin’ Up Biscuit
5. Vacation In Heaven (written by Herbert Buffum)
1. Cummins Prison (written by Bob Blum & Jesse Reeves)
2. Two Times A Day
3. Settin’ Chokers In The Snow
4. Bachelor Days
5. Behind The Wheel