Lead guitarist for the Kentucky HeadHunters, Greg Martin, will take the Plaza Theatre stage Tuesday night with the Stray Cat Blues Band of Louisville.
Martin began playing guitar with the band in 1977.
“We played until I moved down here. They got me interested in blues and then I started playing with Itchy Brother,” Martin said.
Itchy Brother was a southcentral Kentucky rock band that was the precursor for the Kentucky HeadHunters and was composed of three out of four members of the HeadHunters.
Martin resumed his relationship with the Stray Cat Blues Band in 2006.
“We play together about four to five times a year,” Martin said.
This will be the second time the band has played the Plaza as part of Martin’s Blues Night.
Martin enjoys blues music, because it offers him a certain freedom that doesn’t exist with other musical genres.
With the blues, “it’s whatever you feel like that day. You just play it. Let it come out,” he said.
Blues fans who come to see the group perform can expect “a very musical evening,” Martin said.
“There’s going to be a lot of musicianship up there, and we’re going to have a great time,” he said.
The Stray Cat Blues Band is composed of Steve Holmes on drums, who Martin described as being “a very solid drummer.”
“He’s got local origins. He’s from Glasgow. Steve Holmes went out to play with the Buster Brown Band in the ’70s,” Martin said.
Other members are Jimmy Brown on bass, Bruce Lively on vocals, Bob Ramsey on keyboards and Bill Dean on piano.
“Lamont Gillespie, our harmonica player, has been sick. He’s had cancer, but he’s getting better,” Martin said. “He might be there, but I’m not sure how much he will play.”
The band will play a variety of blues covers.
“It’s just going to be a fun time,” Martin said. “If you like blues, this will be the night to come.”
Tickets for Greg Martin’s Blues Night at the Plaza Theatre Tuesday are $10 and may be purchased at the theater’s box office, online at www.plaza.org or by phone by calling 270-361-2101. Theater doors open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. A $1 historic preservation fee will be added to each ticket purchase.
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