Martha Davis and The Motels perform at FTC

The Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes indie legend, Martha Davis and the Motels to StageOne on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., 70 Sanford Street.

With a unique voice, unmistakable and timeless, anyone who has seen Martha perform before knows why Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times’ called Martha “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.”

For Martha Davis, the most important thing has always been songwriting. Having begun writing songs at the age of 15, Martha was raised in Berkeley, California, before she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels.

Before releasing six records with Capitol, The Motels self-titled debut was greeted with positive critical reviews and in 1979 exploded in Australia on the strength of the #2 Pop single, “Total Control” (which was later covered by Tina Turner for the We Are The World album). In 1981 the Motels sophomore album, Careful, was among the Top 50.

Yet, what led this legendary new wave band to acclaim and success was the 1982 release of All Four One; that produced the smash single “Only The Lonely” and rocketed the Motels in the Top 10. The album attained gold status and truly broke The Motels in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards.

1983’s Little Robbers went gold on the Top 10 single “Suddenly Last Summer” and the second Top 40 hit “Remember The Nights.” In 1985, the Shock album yielded the Top 20 hit, “Shame,” and 1987 saw the release of Martha’s first solo effort, Policy. In 1988, Martha took a sabbatical from the music scene, prompting the question, “where have you been?” “Looking for my sense of humor,” she says. “I seemed to have lost it somewhere around 1984. It’s not a business that one should be in without a sense of humor.” Though constantly writing, Martha left center stage to work on various collaborations with artists including Ivan Neville, Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Jeff Daniels, Kiki Dee, and Richard Feldman to write songs for a new musical for the Civic Light Opera, and author a new musical of her own entitled, Rebecca.

Touring again since 2012, Martha is playing with the strongest incarnation yet of The Motels to date with shows including a landmark performance at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, where she and the band shared the bill with The Go-Go’s.

Now coming to FTC’s intimate StageOne venue where just a year ago they were performing in front of thousands of people each night, Martha and the Motels come in support of a new album in the works, co-written with Charlie Colin, co-founding member of TRAIN, and co-writer of the mega hits Drops of Jupiter and Calling All Angels. Do yourself a favor and see this amazing new Motels lineup including bass player Brady Wills, Nicholas Johns on keyboards, and former Gnarls Barkley touring band members Eric Gardner and Clint Walsh, on drums and lead guitar.

For tickets, at $35 in advance with a $3 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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