“A delightfully twangy, alt-country/bar-rock sound.”

- Metromix NYC

Features

Metromix NYC
“A delightfully twangy, alt-country/bar-rock sound. Fritz contributes tumbling guitar lines that nicely compliment Berner’s vocals, which switch from smoky-sweet to raw and impassioned on a dime—it’s easy to see why the singer’s live performances have been so lauded by critics”
- METROMIX NYC, DEC 2011

Rootstime: Belgium
“There is a certain magic on these twelve tracks….Berner sounds better than ever before.”
ROOTSTIME: BELGIUM, JAN 2012

Magnet Magazine: Migrant Song
“…think Natalie Merchant with fewer adult contemporary leanings or Aimee Mann on a folkier trip. Berner’s voice can thicken and thin like Joni Mitchell’s and it’s unmistakably her greatest asset.”
- MAGNET MAGAZINE, AUGUST 22, 2006

Chicago Tribune: World Traveler Arrives As An Artist
“…evokes the vocals of Tori Amos and the musical style of Wilco.”
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE, JUNE 16, 2006

Reviews

No Depression
The first things you notice on Fool’s Fantasy, the new release from Chicago’s Martha Berner and the Significant Others is how quickly her dusky alto draws you in with an easy, familiar air…Reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Margo Timmins, Berner has allied herself with a group of fantastic players to back up her musical dreams with depth and skill
- NO DEPRESSION, FEB 2012

Daggerzine
Fool’s Fantasy sparkles with vim and passion. Collaboration becomes Ms. Berner. Her sweet, sometimes gritty vocals are beautifully complemented by triple-threat Scott Fritz’s electric guitar runs, some of which recall the fire of Duane Allman. Her classic, ‘70s-rooted songwriting has enough different branches (ballads, mid-tempo movers, bluesy numbers) to hold interest.
- DAGGERZINE, DEC 2011

WXRT  Chicago
“… peppy, poppy and deliciously sad …has its own distinct hook, with seemingly very little effort.”
- RICAHRD MILNE / WXRT CHICAGO, 2007

Performing Songwriter
“Martha Berner’s Ten Tiny Little Pieces EP is further proof this indie folkie is one to watch.”
- PERFORMING SONGWRITER, 2007

Chicagoist
“Martha’s live shows are revelatory.”
- CHICAGOIST, 2007

Toronto Metro
“[one of] indie’s finest talents.”
- TORONTO METRO, 2007

The Onion
“While tales of frustration, loss and weary introspection heavily dot Martha Berner’s songs, they don’t overwhelm the Chicago singer’s gentle rootsy delivery. Her lyrics are mature and direct, and her melodies would hold up just fine even without the tasteful string and keyboard accents.” 
- THE ONION, JUNE 16, 2006

Whisperin and Hollerin / UK
“Undeniable vocal talent fused with country sensibilities. With a burning alt. country feel… well, Dylan would have nodded his approval.”
-WHISPERIN AND HOLLERIN / UK, 2006

Transmission Chicago
“… separates herself from the more pedestrian singer-songwriter offerings by featuring her husky vocals, complex arrangements and literate lyrics.”
-TRANSMISSION CHICAGO, 2006

Out Magazine
“…this side of yesterday is a moody, experimental album that hits all the right notes; at once wry, melancholy and celebratory of life’s smallest revelatory moments – like grabbing a beer for breakfast.”
-OUT MAGAZINE, Feb 2006

Interviews

ie: Illinois Entertainer
Another area of depth comes on the songwriting side of the coin, which Berner culls from a composite of everyone from Leonard Cohen to Sinead O’Connor, The Sundays, Wilco, Bon Iver, and Rogue Wave…
- ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER, FEB 2012

The Music + Moxie
The Windy City – Chicago, IL – is known for three major contributions to our collective culture, after the cement shoes, and that bovine-induced fire: Sports, Comedy and (of course) Music…
- MUSIC + MOXIE , DEC 2011