Wright's four decades of experience on display Sat. at Sam's Place

Hall of Fame guitarist Gregg Wright will be playing at Sam's Place in Crowley Saturday night.

Was inducted into La. Music Hall of Fame in 2013

 

CROWLEY - When Gregg Wright, inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013, recalled the four decades he has been making music, he gave a list of some of the famous musicians that he has played with. 

 “I’ve worked with Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, Spencer Davis, Greg Allmand, Berlin and The Gap Band,” he said.

When The Post-Signal pointed out that the artists he had mentioned played very different styles of music, Wright offered a simple explanation. 

“My thing is playing music,” he said. “I’ve never been married to one particular style.” 

Despite his experience playing different styles of music, Wright, who will be performing at Sam’s Place on Parkerson Avenue Saturday at 9 p.m., said that he has primarily focused on “blues rock” in recent years.

Seeing as how he is known as the “King of the Rockin Blues” to his followers and those in the music industry, he has apparently has not only excelled at this style of music, he seems to be carving his own niche.

Wright grew up in a military family and began playing guitar while living in Florida in the mid-1970s.

“I guess if I had to name a musician that inspired me during my formative years I’d have to say it was Jimi Hendrix,” he said.

Probably not a bad person so serve as an inspiration for any guitarist.

“One night I was playing a show in Florida and a group of guys from Baton Rouge came in,” he said. “They asked me if I was interested and well ... I guess the rest is history.”

Wright moved to Baton Rouge and regularly toured “the circuit” between New Orleans and Lake Charles. He said he played at numerous venues in towns along I-10 and specifically mentioned Lafayette’s renowned Grant Street Dance Hall.

“We kind of got to be regulars at many of those places,” he said with a laugh.

However, his music eventually reached people not only from out of state (he will be performing at The Tall City Music Festival in Midland, Texas, on July 26) but from around the world as well. Among the country’s where Wright has performed are Scotland, Serbia, France and England.

But more recently, he’s spent the last several days touring his old “stomping ground.” And thanks to Facebook and the persuasiveness of Sam Phillips (owner of Sam’s Place), he will in Crowley Saturday night. He is hoping for a large turnout.

“We’ll be trying to put on an excellent show, bringing a lot to the table,” said Wright. “I hope folks come out.”

“He is an incredible guitarist who played a strong mix of rock and blues the last time he was here,” said Rebecca Phillips, Sam’s wife. “He brought in a good crowd and people who come Saturday night can expect to hear some great music.”

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