As songwriter, singer, producer, and guitarist with the Tea Party, Jeff Martin brought grandeur, majesty and mystique back to rock music at a time when his peers and contemporaries were either reveling in all things punk rock, dumbing down the music for quick commercial gratification, or generally showing a lack of concern for melody, dynamics, musicianship and the manipulation of light and shade. The Tea Party endeared itself to a rabid fan base on the strength of its manic, marathon live shows, the smoky sensuality of Martins voice, the musical expeditionary nature of the groups evolving palette of musical colors, the sheer ambitious scope of its studio recordings. What we're witnessing is the full flourishing of Martins talents as both writer and storyteller, as a messenger of the muse. The fact is, the demise of The Tea Party has only whetted the appetite for Jeff Martin's next move. "Exile And The Kingdom" will surpass any expectations.