His parents were divorced by enough time he was four and although his stepfather primarily raised him, John Arthur Martinez saw his delivery father — a specialist musician — enough to learn that being truly a performer was a hardcore lifestyle. The Austin indigenous had the desire to execute the Texas-style of nation he cherished since grade college, and sneaking into an Asleep on the Steering wheel/Commander Cody display while he was still underage just managed to get worse. He was executing weekly in regional clubs by enough time he graduated university, playing music by George Strait, Dan Fogelberg, as well as the Beatles. Martinez transferred to Tucson, Az to wait graduate school, rather than knowing anyone provided him plenty of time to focus on his songwriting. As he improved he made a decision to keep his research and move back again to Austin to earnestly peruse another in music. After many travels to Nashville and continuous gigging, Martinez documented his first record, Spinning Our Tires, in 1998 and marketed it at his displays. 2001’s Stand Your Floor brought him even more attention nonetheless it was the American Idol-styled nation tv program Nashville Star that could break him in to the mainstream. During among the golf club gigs Martinez performed in Nashville, he was noticed by way of a rep from Dualtone information. He completed second on Nashville Celebrity, but Dualtone authorized him and released Lone Starry Night time in 2004.