Writer/producer, Curtis Martin, has made numerous appearances on Billboard’s top Hard Rock Producers chart, debuting at number 9, then peaking at No. 5 in the reporting week of 1/21/23. (As of this writing, Martin has since re-entered the chart at No 10.) Martin’s appearance on the chart is fueled by Catch Your Breath’s latest single, “Dial Tone,” which Martin co-wrote and produced.  The modern/alternative rock track has been receiving sizable support from CYB’s label, Thriller Records, which the band signed to last year. “Dial Tone” is at almost 12 million Spotify streams, at the moment. The track has been averaging streams in the six digits, per day, since the top of the year. Martin recently co-wrote and produced the band’s full-length debut.

The Georgia-based writer/producer has lined up at least a couple of projects, post-CYB, and before the single’s chart activity. The HRP ranking is anticipated to create more opportunities.

Oddly enough, Martin has long considered himself more of a pop producer (Ekoh, Rachel Lorin), but shedding additional light on his work with CYB might create the perception that he is solely a rock producer, which he clearly is not.

Martin isn’t complaining, though. Along with the recent spate of activity, Martin’s work is all over the new Ekoh album, “The D4tour.” Martin is currently in the studio with Ryan Oakes.

Southbound 75 Nominated for Band of the Year

Southbound 75 have been nominated “Country Music Band of the Year” by the Mississippi Music Foundation. The Mississippi Music Awards will be held April 23 at The Landers Center in Southaven, MS. The awards might be more significant than at first glance, as the awards are duly noted by the Nashville music industry (Southaven is also located at the Mississippi-Tennessee border).

Leading up to the event, the Tampa country rockers will be an opening act at the New Country 103.1’s (WIRK) Rib Round Up in West Palm Beach, Florida, featuring acts including Bailey Zimmerman, Joe Nichols and Lainey Wilson. #billboardhardrockproducers #catchyourbreath #newcountry1031 #westpalmbeach #southflorida #countryrock