Martin John Pugh, lead guitarist for the blues-rock bands Steamhammer and Armageddon, grew up in England during the 1960s and 70s and was influenced by Rock and Roll. As a young musician, Pugh performed with his first band, known as The Package Deal, who started playing in Devon and Cornwall in the early 60’s. Martin soon moved to London and joined Carl Douglas (“Kung Fu Fighting”) & The Big Stampede for a year before joining Steamhammer. Their debut album, Steamhammer, was released in 1969 and yielded a minor hit single in Europe, "Junior's Wailing". Co-caretaker of the musical vision born in Steamhammer from 1969-1974, and realized further in Armageddon, Pugh and his band mates shared studio time with Keith Relf of the Yardbirds and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones. Martin and the band were invited by Freddie King to back him on two tours in Britain. Martin cites King as an enormous influence on his own personal sound: a gutsy, complex exploration of raw, wailing tones that come from creative improvisation, intuition, and aggressive finger attack. It was around this time that Rod Stewart came to watch Steamhammer at a London club, and handpicked Martin, along with Martin Quittenton, to handle lead guitar work on The Rod Stewart Album, Stewart’s first solo record.