Chattanooga Now Double dose of music at Charles & Myrtle's

Chattanooga Now Double dose of music at Charles & Myrtle's

June 24th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music


What: Martha's Trouble performs.

When: 8 p.m. today.

Where: Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse, 105 McBrien Road.

Admission: $10 suggested donation.

Phone: 892-4960.


Sharing Martha's Trouble

* "Brighter From Here" included in soundtrack to "Playing House" on the Lifetime Network's made-for-TV movie "Playing House"

* "Some Peace Tonight" featured in soundtrack for CBS movie "It Must Be Love" and played in "Army Wives" episode on Lifetime

* Animal Planet show "Horse Power" used music from Martha's Trouble in five episodes in 2006

* "Sleeping Dogs" named winner of the Best Americana Album of the Year, Just Plain Folk Awards, in 2004

* "Forget October" goes to No. 3 on the Nude Music Reviews chart on XM Café, XM Satellite Radio

* "Waverly" was featured on Continental Airlines in-flight radio

Martha's Trouble, a folk/rock duo out of Auburn, Ala., will perform tonight at Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse.

The band consists of Rob and Jen Slocumb, who met 15 years ago inside a Houston coffee shop. A bond over music eventually led to marriage. They continued to write and play music, building enough of a repertoire to start producing albums and tour the world.

"I think about the years we spent living in a van, traveling across the country, and it's hard to believe we did that," Jen says in their press material. "Now we have two children, a mortgage, bills, a dog ... things that wouldn't fit in the van. But those times help us remember what Martha's Trouble means."

The band's name comes from the biblical story of sisters Mary and Martha when Jesus visits. Martha busies herself around the house, while Mary sits at his feet. The story says Martha was troubled because Mary wasn't helping. This is the duo's reminder, they say, to stop and smell the roses and to keep an eye on the bigger picture and the important things in life.

The two are touring in support of their newest CD, "Anchor Tattoo." The album, their 10th, is based on life experiences.

"The songs are all personal in some way and are things that we all go through in life," Jen said. "Our fans can expect a very fresh, honest, uplifting album. It's very true to ourselves."