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Eric Hughes Band

Memphis native Eric “Scrappie” Hughes is most known as a blues player; (playing over 3,000 shows on Beale Street will do that to you…) however, he’s so much more. His original songs range from rock, country, ballads, folk and Americana; they aren’t confined to mere blues shuffles.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Hughes grew up listening to the varied and down-home sounds that Memphis is world-famous for. Weekends spent with his grandparents in Mississippi provided further inspiration as Hughes grew to love the Hill-Country and Delta styles of blues, especially after attending Mississippi College. At age 21, Eric found himself a Marine stationed far from home, lonesome, and bored. He bought a guitar, hoping to ease the homesickness by learning some Memphis music to remind him of happier times. Hughes learned quickly, and spent the 1990’s in search of his own sound and style.

Eric learned even more with the Memphis Songwriters Association, where he won the People’s Choice award in March of 1999. In 2001, Hughes began performing at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall on Beale Street as a solo/acoustic act before forming the Eric Hughes Band in 2002, winning second place in the Battle of the Blues. Hughes’ first album “Paycheck Boogie” was nominated Best Self-Produced CD. Continued success came from “Two In The Morning”, Eric’s second album of original songs, which won the Rosedale Blues Society’s “Best Self-Produced CD”. In 2007 the Eric Hughes won the “Battle of the Blues” in Memphis.

Night after night of playing the clubs on Beale Street continued, interspersed with occasional performances at Blues festivals throughout the South. Hughes’ raucous, up-tempo shows were noticed by Blues Revue and Living Blues, who called Hughes a “…guaranteed crowd-pleaser”. These authentic, exciting shows are typified by Hughes’ album “Live on Beale”.

“Drink Up!, Hughes’ fourth CD, again won “Best Self-Produced CD”, and a Muddy Mojo Award. The title cut was awarded “Coolest Blues Song of 2014” by Big City Blues Magazine.

Hughes’ dedication to the Music that Memphis touts is a godsend to tourists who travel to Beale Street expecting to hear Blues, but are often let down until they find Hughes. His brand of blues and his originals have become a staple of Beale Street, where guests have learned to seek him out.
Hughes’ fifth album proves to be a step up even higher, featuring a wide variety of song styles and influences that reflect the diverse styles that define Memphis music itself.
Memphis music veterans compose Hughes’ band, including his brother, Walter Hughes who plays guitar and contributes backing vocals. Bassist Leo Goff brings the groove and experience gathered from backing artists such as Albert King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and T-Bone Walker. Drummer Brian Aylor toured with Bobby Blue Bland and Little Milton, and the road-wisdom gleaned from these experiences is evident. Chris Stephenson brings the piano and organ, as also lends backing vocals.