Marty Christian is a solo/acoustic Blues/songwriter based in Lafayette, LA and performs regularly around the Texas, Louisiana, region. Offbeat magazine has described Marty Christian's music as if "Jimmy Reed, the Meters and RL Burnside all crashed together" and alternately as if "James Taylor actually had the Blues". Christian's music might best be described as Bluesicana: Americana with a deep root in the Blues.
Marty's music might best be described as Bluesicana: Americana with a deep root in the Blues.
The unlikely path that has led this Clevelander to end up in Louisiana where he currently divides his time between performing, writing and teaching in a French immersion elementary school is one that starts with his first band in Besançon, France, passes through 8 years in Austin, TX - leading blues bands and building acoustic guitars and that eventually brought him to Lafayette, LA in 2003 when he joined a Zydeco band and eventually became a member of the great Blues pianist, Henry Gray's band from Chess records' fame. As a singer and songwriter, Christian has made waves all across Louisiana and Texas with his incendiary solo performances since the release of his first record, aptly titled, Bluesicana in 2006. Now with the release of his 4th CD of original music, "What I Came Here To Do", Christian has combined elements of many Southern genres including Blues, Funk, Country and Swamp Pop to create a sound of his own. With songs both in full electric band setting with members of his band, Rue Boogaloo along with stripped down solo acoustic songs, Christian is still following his own path as a writer and musician, blending the Blues with anything else that happens to pass his way on the journey.
Offbeat Magazine, Feb 2015 Review by: Dan Willging:
"Marty Christian originally intended this as a solo project since his songs really didn’t fit his band Rue Boogaloo’s funky-bluesy grooves.
At least that’s what he thought until monster bassist Lee Allen Zeno (Buckwheat Zydeco) and jazz drummer Frank Kincel heard ’em. They wanted in and essentially shaped Christian’s solo affair with a Boogaloo foundation on most tracks.
Christian achieves an artistic milestone with a handful of songs that were written from a third-person perspective.
It’s something he has rarely done but through various encounters, the experiences of others were transformed sonically, such as the offshore worker yearning for reconciliation (“Louisiana, Hold My Baby”) and the ex-con trying to live clean (“Payment Down”).
On “Her Promised Land,” a young mother attempts to battle her way through insurmountable obstacles. The title song sports two versions, an electric and a heartfelt acoustic version.
Despite Christian’s folkie sensibility, he also defies strict categorization. His vocals occasionally border on soul-ish and he dives into blues, swamp pop and infectious, Zeno-powered funk at the drop of a hat.
Additionally, he’s an impressive finger picker—witness the ripping jazz-tinged romp “Too Much.” Christian may not be easy to pigeonhole but he’s nobody’s remora either." [+]