Immediately after graduating from high school Martin moved to Minneapolis and formed the country-rock band The Gear Daddies with friends and fellow austinites Nick Ciola, Billy Dankert and Randy Broughten. The Gear Daddies had some success, and a lot of fun, and considered themselves lucky to have been part of the 1990’s Twin Cities music scene. They amicable parted ways in 1992. Martin went on to record and perform as a solo artist and with his band the Hardways. That’s what he continues to do, and he still has fun.

“…writers from Dylan to Springsteen, often tell us far more about the human condition by concentrating on life’s everyday moments. That’s the strength of Martin Zellar…” – Robert Hillburn, Los Angeles Times

“…he writes songs with a nakedness, perhaps, or lack of pretentiousness that’s particularly convincing.” – Gina Arnold, Creem Magazine

“Let’s get this straight: Martin Zellar is one of the country’s finest young songwriters and it’s doggone time he started getting the recognition he deserves.” – Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

“While Zellar’s gravelly voice and gritty country-rock nicely suit the material, his songwriting is what really shines.” – Eric Fidler, Associated Press

“Talk about the most underrated songwriters of the past decade and this guy’s got to be in your first sentence.”
– Kevin O’Hare, Newhouse News Service

“His songs are just too beautiful, too fully realized to ignore.” – Austin Chronicle, Austin, Texas “… reflective country-rock musings that only barely conceal some rather world-class emotional turmoil beneath.”
– Steve Simels, Stereo Review Magazine

“Zellar’s snapshots of down-and-outers…vividly detail an entire life in under three minutes…” – Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide