BAND DON DIXON ROBERT KIRKLAND MARTY STOUT
SCOTT DAVISON ROD ABERNETHY
MARTY STOUT BIO
A child of the 60's, Marty’s love for music manifest in various ways, from the many clandestine nights staying up past bedtime secretly listening to the transistor radio hidden under his pillow for songs like Ray Peterson's version of “Corrina Corrina,” to the plaintive begging coming from the back seat of his parents’ 1959 Chevy for more volume when the Beatles' latest hit came on the radio, to singing in the youth choir at church, to participating in the elementary school drum (well, practice pad) classes in fourth grade.
Marty’s drumming continued all the way through tenth grade. His junior high band class, whose beleaguered instructor anticipated having 1 or 2, had 10 snare drummers! All with real drums, no more practice pads! With such noisy competition, perhaps it was fortunate that Marty was given a classical guitar and began learning chords. He played along with much of the music he was listening to -- from “Secret Agent Man” to “Like a Rolling Stone.”
At some point, he began to investigate basic music theory, which inspired him to transfer the guitar chords he knew to the old, upright, hand-me-down piano in the basement. And before long he was putting thumbtacks in the hammers, to brighten the sound of the old instrument. Marty had found the primary voice for his music!
The antiquated piano was soon replaced by a Vox Jaguar organ and Berkeley II amp. Marty started playing with various bands and quickly became part of the Winston-Salem “combo scene” that included a 15-year-old guitar hero, Mitch Easter.
At a party at Mitch's house during his junior year in high school, Marty heard his life-long friend and band-mate in 2 different, now-defunct, combos, Jimmy Glasgow, being asked to play in a band with 3 college guys who were attending UNC at Chapel Hill (Robert Kirkland, Mike Greer & Don Dixon).
A few months later, Marty traveled to Charlotte to take part in the Knights of Dreams
recording sessions. Along with Robert, Dixon and Mike, he contributed to an album’s worth of material much of which never made it to vinyl. A few of the songs were later included on Greer’s highly touted, psych-classic Between Two Worlds
Shortly after Marty enrolled in UNC, the dream he had held ever since that night at the Easter’s house finally came true -- he officially became a part of the evolving young band, Arrogance.
During the bands’ 17 year break, Marty has dabbled in jobs, careers and parenting, as well as his music, but says he would not mind returning to music full-time when he grows up.