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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Louisiana Saturday Night

By Pat Gunther

Southern rocker Jason Martin will grace the Spanish Moon stage with The Hitchhiker on Saturday, March 21. Plaquemine native Martin has been playing professionally since the age of 15, honing his distinctly southern sound that is a mix of country, rock n’ roll, and traditional southern gospel music that creates a sound decidedly keen on the auditory characteristics that have graced Louisiana music since the 1960s; high-octane guitar, mixed with country twang set the stage for Martin’s raspy, deep-fried vocals.

For a venue as intimate as the Spanish Moon, Martin will certainly bring an unprecedented Louisiana energy to the stage, sure to please both hard rock purists and cowboys in one fell swoop. However, Martin’s influences don’t stop there as evident by his cover of legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio’s Holy Diver, on which he provides acoustic backing for soulful dueling male and female vocals.

In the amorphous sphere of music that is the worldwide web, Martin has carved out a distinct niche in the Southern U.S. Though his studio output has been slow as of late, Martin’s bread and butter is providing the energetic and rabble rousing soundtrack of dimly lit bars across Dixie. As a result, Martin is no stranger to catering to the needs of unique crowds night in and night out.

With the release of his Welcome Home EP last year, Martin has established himself as a tightrope walker balancing the old and new in an energetic way that may appeal to fans of in state acts Matt Sigur and Sean Bruce. However, Martin along with the Hitchhiker aren’t ones for soft, melodic tunes. Both are reminiscent of a bayou-born Black Sabbath mixed with Velvet Revolver, and Martin and The Hitchhiker would surely prefer the Spanish Moon crowd to be head banging instead of idly sipping whiskey drinks.

Spanning six tracks, Welcome Home EP serves as a testament to all of Martin’s influences both inside of Louisiana and abroad. Like the honkytonk, rough neck bars of the South depicted in movies, Martin’s stylings will be sure to have the beer flowing, feet moving, and fans yelling once they get plugged in and tuned up in Highland Road’s favorite music venue.

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