Matthew Perryman Jones and Lily Costner Live: Presented By Martin Guitar


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Matthew Perryman Jones believes there’s magic in his Martin D-18.

“When I make the first strum on a guitar, I can tell if there’s a song inside of it that needs to come out,” said the Nashville songwriter, who has released three albums since 2008 and scored numerous song placements on television for shows like “One Tree Hill,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Vampire Diaries” and more.

Jones said he settled on a Martin based on its reputation for quality and durability. “Literally, the word would be ‘solid’ when I think of their guitars. They’ve always seemed like a sturdy workingman’s guitar or something.”

Jones recently wrote the song “Can’t Get It Right” on his Martin D-18 with songstress Lily Costner, a recent transplant from Rhode Island who performed on the Opry last year with her father Kevin’s band Modern West. Costner and Jones clicked instantly and finished the song “Can’t Get It Right” in a mere three hours. Watch the result above.

Video shot and directed by Robert Andrews. Audio recorded and edited by Steve Martin.


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