Even the somewhat well informed could lose a limb of knowledge, so to speak, concerning the type of rhythm guitar a fellow such as Bobby Martin would have to play in a group calling itself the Dismembered Tennesseans. Thus, without even venturing into the murky area of other musicians named Bobby Martin, mistakes could be made on the all-important topics of genre and musical history. These subjects are particularly vital in Tennessee, where certain Appalachian traditions are concerned valuable enough to be guarded with a shotgun. The Dismembered Tennesseans sounds like new millenium alternative country yucks, but is really a traditional bluegrass outfit that dates back to the second World War, proving that black comedy or bad taste is nothing new, depending on one's point of view.
Martin's involvement in the group is part of a generational fold-in of musical ingrediants necessary to any such long-running group. Like the Baldknobbers of Winston Salem, the Chattanooga-based Dismembered Tennesseans have had to replace crucial instrumental components as the times march on. Martin himself was not even born when original members such as Fletcher Bright, Ansley Moses, and the late Frank McDonald began picking together in high school. Bright has continued to lead the band for more than half a century and as a licensed pilot is one of the few bandleaders who can literally fly their group around. Players that were added to the group's roster during roughly the same period as Martin include singer and bassist Laura Walker and the fine mandolinist Don Cassell.