A top name in the South Louisiana swamp pop scene, Gregg Martinez has been performing on stage for nearly 50 years. Like most rhythm and blues singers, Martinez grew up singing in church. He moved from choir to the honky tonks of his hometown of Lafayette and the surrounding areas after high school. His voice eventually took him to Atlantic City, Nashville and beyond. Gregg will be joined by The Don Rich Band, Lucas Spinosa, Bob Henderson and the Rougon Band in celebration of his induction to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame this Saturday night at Rock 'n' Bowl de Lafayette.
Throughout the 1970s, Gregg Martinez honed his craft by working the dance halls and dives of Acadiana. By the mid-80s, he was touring nationally with his backing band Heat. This eventually brought him to Atlantic City, where he was a resident performer at the casinos. After a stab in Nashville and recording an unreleased album with famed soul producers Victor Carstarphen and Keith Benson, Gregg moved into contemporary Christian music. By the early 2000s, the Cajun crooner had come full circle and went back singing the songs and working the circuit that gave him his start. His recent collaborations with the swamp pop institution The Boogie Kings and his new band The Delta Kings have helped make him one of the most sought after singers in the Gulf Coast Soul scene.
I put together a swamp pop playlist for this edition of Lafayette Weekly in honor of Martinez. You'll hear tracks from the hall of fame honoree, Don Rich, and Tommy Mclain. Also included is some vintage Warren Storm, some new South LA soul from the Revelers and Roddie Romero's take on a Bobby Charles classic.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Blue Moon Saloon
Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Forest Huval Cajun Band
Friday, February 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Rêve After Hours: Will Payne Henderson, Clay Parker, and Jodi James
Rêve Coffee Roasters
Saturday, February 9 at 9:00 p.m
Gregg Martinez Induction to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
Rock n' Bowl de Lafayette
Sunday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Mimosa Brunch with Michael Scott Boudreaux