"Compassionate. . .worried [giggles]. . .laughter." -
and Place of Birth: October 12, 1969 (Libra) in York, PA
Hair Color: Blonde, worn short
Eye Color: Greenish/Blue
5 ft. 7 in.
Previous Occupation: Ice cream parlor
Earlier Band: Blue Night Express
Opry Debut: in 1991 (with former
Parents: Paul Erwin and Barbera Trask (Step-dad, Farrel)
Siblings: 2 sisters, Julia (older) and Emily
Martial Status: Married to Irish soccer player, Gareth Maguire
Sports: played soccer in high school
Embarassing Moment: "My first kiss; we missed mouths completely!"
Right Or Left?: She's left handed
Pet Peeve: hates
First Teen Crush: Rex Smith
Hobbies/Interests: Write songs, visiting her best friend Lori in Hawaii,
hanging out with her (ex)husband and step son
Actor: Adrian Pasdar
Actress: Meg Ryan ("She's just
so cute & purty!")
Designer(s): Todd Oldham, Pamela Dennis, Anna Sui
Dixie Chicks Song: "Sin Wagon"
Fashion: she hates wearing sleeves
Fast Food: Taco Bell
Influences: Tim O'Brien, Mark O'Connor, Eddy Stubbs,
Sam Bush, Joe Venuti, Alison Krauss
Movies: Terms Of Endearment, Phenomenon, Austin Powers, When Harry Met Sally, The
Color Purple, The Wizard of Oz
Performers: Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patty Griffin, Jason Sellers
Martie is a championship-level fiddle player who started at the age of five years old with just violin lessons. She then
began "fiddling" when she was 12. She also plays the mandolin and she and sister Emily would practice everyday with their
mother's egg timer, watching only a little television.
In school, Martie was in orchestra. Martie and Emily toured
the country together in a teens bluegrass group for six years before helping to found Dixie Chicks. They both were playing
acoustic instruments before they hit their teens. Martie tries to work out regulary out on the road. She has an elastic exercise
Martie's 10th grade teacher:
"She was a very quiet person, but very thoughtful and perceptive," said
Mr. Kasten "She was dependable and a very good student."
DID YOU KNOW?
* Martie once wore
Neal McCoy's tighty-whities in a music video...
* Martie once spilled hot coffee on Bill Anderson and he said "Ouch" to
* Martie has been a fan of Hockey way before coming to Nashville...
* In their McDonald's commerical for McRibs,
Martie was a vegetarian and spit out bites of the sandwich between takes...
* In school, Martie was known for her VW bug...
* When the "old" Dixie Chicks were traveling around.. a reporter came up to her and asked her how she got into their R.V.
when the keys were locked in there? So she climbed through the window.. head first.. with America watching and finally relized
she should go the other way... when they got back with the other chicks.... the reporter yelled out "SHE DOES A GOOD JOB DOESN'T
SHE?" Martie just smiled.
*Every Chick says Martie is the worst driver and the worst
*Martie once gave her fiddle bow to a guy and asked Natalie
and Emily to get it back for her.
*During a game of bowling, Martie's score was 109. Martie
is a lefty, and throws her whole body into it, so she looks like she's throwing a shot put.
*Martie says she never judges people.