Please explain what just happened.

I farted, sorry.

What is your earliest memory?

Sucking, really. I remember that I totally sucked at everything I did. I was crawling three limbs instead of four and I couldn’t breast feed (in that case I sucked by not sucking).

If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?

I think I would have been a podiatrist. I just love baby feet.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

6 bottles of water, 1 container of half and half, a half jar of Jiffy Creamy Peanut Butter with back wash, 2 bottles of Seagram’s Ginger Ale, 4 sticks of Land O’ Lakes salted butter, 1 carton of milk, fake bacon bits and real lemon juice… but the Pièce de résistance is the brain of Joseph Stalin in the crisper! (I won it on Ebay.I bid on Vladimir Lenin but I lost that one to Slade Ham.Never bid against a master, apparently.)

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Yes, when I said that I WANTED to sleep with Madonna.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Stay away from that crazy chick.She has a hairpiece!

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

“The Pod,” by Ween.

What are three websites, other than your email, that you check on a daily basis?

TMZ ,The Onion, and YouPorn.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

Bill O’Reilly.

What change do you want to be in the world?

Change for $1,000,000.

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I was named after him, but our threesome makes it no separation at all!

What makes you feel most guilty?


What would you most like to have invented?

Butt sex.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t have sex.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Don’t have sex.

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Butt sex, on me, courtesy of Madonna.I don’t really want to talk about it without my lawyer present.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

“What’s My Line?” because I am obviously hilarious.

What do you want to know?

The Secret.

What would you like your last words to be?

I came. I swore. I’m lying.

Please explain what will happen.

I will most likely fart again.

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“Kevin Martin is quite possibly the coolest person in the universe according to his spokesperson/publicist Kevin Martin. Not only is he a humble and gracious artist he’s also the front man of not one, but two bands. First for Candlebox, Seattle’s most influential grunge band, and then for The Gracious Few, a band that is destined to be considered louder than heaven!”

But those are his words.

The reality is that as frontman of Candlebox, KEVIN MARTIN sold over 5 million records. The group catapulted him to the top of the modern-rock ranks spawning the mega-hits Far Behind and You. Headlining arena tours and the critically acclaimed albums, 1995's Lucy and 1998's Happy Pills followed. Then after an almost eight year hiatus – a hiatus that included an album and a vigorous touring schedule with his solo project, The Hiwatts - Candlebox reunited and released Into the Sun.

Now, though still touring with Candlebox, Martin has turned his attention toward another project, The Gracious Few, a union between his former band and the members of LIVE, the group responsible for the 90’s hits I Alone, Lightning Crashes, and Selling the Drama. Upon the demise of LIVE and the dismissal of vocalist Ed Kowalczyk , Chad Taylor and the rest of the band decided to continue making music.

With a handful of demos and the need for a new singer, they went looking. They knew they needed an explosive vocalist with a wide dynamic range to lend itself to the music. On the short list was longtime friend Kevin Martin. “I knew Kevin from working with him as a drummer on a project I was producing. He had incredible timing and most important, he was a great guy to be around,” adds Taylor. After conferring with Chad Gracey (drums) and Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), Taylor made the call to a very surprised Martin.

“You don’t audition a vocalist who has sold millions of albums,” continues Dahlheimer. “This was about faith. We had to really believe that Kevin was the right guy and thankfully, he was better than any of us could have imagined. His voice is perfectly suited for The Gracious Few.” 70’s rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and even the Rolling Stones influence the sound of The Gracious Few. They’ve made little attempt to mask their love for classic driving rock n’ roll.

Their self-titled debut album is produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and set for release on September 14, 2010.

6 responses to “21 Questions with Kevin Martin”

  1. Slade Ham says:

    Vlad’s head says hi, btw.

  2. And the hilarity ensues!

    Great to have you here, Kevin. Looking forward to hearing the full album.

  3. Joe Daly says:

    I always wondered who beat me out in the bidding for Vlad. That’s brutal. Just think, had you bid on his head, you could have taken care of the whole pickled despot/butt sex thing with just one purchase.

    What Metal Megan said- looking forward to a full listen to the new album!

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