Entertainers TK Hulin, Johnnie Allan, Tommy McClain, GG Shinn and Louisiana Express, Willie “Tee”, Warren Storm and Cypress return to the Mari Showroom for the Louisiana Legends of Swamp Pop Revue on Saturday, November 28 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.
T.K. Hulin is a Louisiana musician whose career spans nearly 50 years. He became a regional hit in the 1960s with the songs “Many Lonely Nights,” “I’m Not a Fool Anymore,” and “Graduation Night.” Hulin is widely recognized as an influential figure in the swamp pop industry.
Johnnie Allan, a Louisiana native and pioneer of the Swamp Pop genre, began performing and recording in the 1950s at the age of 13. Since then, he has performed all over the world, and has released nearly 60 singles and 20 albums.
Tommy McLain is a multi-faceted entertainer, known not only for his singing, but also for his proficiency on several other instruments. McLain began his music career in the 1950s collaborating with Clint West and The Boogie Kings. McLain’s biggest hit is the country ballad “Sweet Dreams.”
GG Shinn started his first band, The Flat Tops, in his hometown of Franklin, Louisiana in 1956. In 1963, he joined The Boogie Kings, who where known for their R&B style of music, and were often referred to as part of the “blue-eyed soul”-style musicians. In 1966, GG formed The Rollercoasters, and recorded two R&B albums. He later joined forces with the band Chase. In a short week, they recorded an album that was nominated for a Grammy award in 1972.
Jazz/pop group Louisiana Express has entertained audiences for nearly four decades. The group formed in 1973 and produced several jazz instrumental albums during the mid 1970s and early 1980s. Some of their most popular albums include 1975’s “Tom Cat,” and the self-titled “Louisiana Express,” released in 1976.
Willie “Tee” is one of Louisiana’s finest and most respected musicians. He is a saxophone player, and he has entertained audiences for more than 35 years. “Tee” has continually demonstrated his great love for music, playing from the heart and soul.
Warren Storm learned to play drums and guitar from his father, a Cajun musician, and in the early 1950s he began to perform publicly with Larry Brasso and the Rhythmaires. Storm is best known for the songs “Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight”, “My House of Memories”, and his release of “Prisoner’s Song” and Mama Mama Mama (Look What Your Little Boy’s Don), which broke into the Billboard Hot 100.
The Cypress Band featuring Warren Storm and Willie Tee originated in 1980. Although the band broke up in 1984, Warren and Willie Tee continued working together as guests with other bands. In 2004, they decided to reform the Cypress Band, and have performed together ever since to enthusiastic crowds.
Tickets are available at LA 1 Market, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.