Hugh Gaskins and the G String Daddies

Hugh Gaskins and the G String Daddies

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The Daddies are a hard edged, driving, dynamic mix of rock, blues & rockabilly, and an unapologetic exploration of the spaces in between. Their two CDs both received "Best Album" nominations at the San Diego Music Awards and they have been rocking live audiences in SoCal and beyond for seven years!

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Biography

With the soul of a bluesman, Hugh Gaskins has drawn from a lifetime of varied influences and embraced a diversity of genres in his own music, an "American fusion" of sorts. An eclectic tapestry of rock, blues, rockabilly, country, cowboy blues – call it what you want – you'll hear a little of it all… and it goes down like aged whiskey – with more than just a little kick.

"It happens whether you want it to or not, chosen or unchosen, and it's the best thing this country does - a fusion of diverse cultures. Like it or not, it goes on and is most obvious in the music: jazz, blues, gospel, cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex, bluegrass, C&W, rockabilly, and an endless list of others with a common thread running through them all. Along these lines, nothing represents this idea better than the sight and sound of a young Elvis. I say young because that's when the black and the white of the man was still good and confused, mixed up in a way that could make you whole."

Hugh has been a part of the San Diego music scene since the seventies as both a busy solo performer and in bands such as Street Noise and Santa Fe Blues Line. In early 2006, Hugh joined forces with bass man Charlie Gordon and drummer Dan Renwick to form The Hugh Gaskins Band, later to be renamed the G String Daddies.

Gordon's jazz sensibilities and Renwick's rock background bleed into the Gaskins mix to produce a tight, crisp sound, but with a feel and musicality that moves and breathes. They cover a broad cut of the musical spectrum, and though they do a lot of Gaskins originals, no one is safe from having their work covered with the GSD stamp firmly affixed. From Johnny Cash to Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson to the Rolling Stones, Elvis to Alvin Lee and a whole bunch in between, the band coalesces around the essence of a song, but takes it on a ride to a different part of town...

Lyrics

You Got The Devil Goin' On

Written By: Hugh Gaskins

You Got The Devil Goin' On

She says you can't dance,
you got no romance,
she says you ain't a winner
but you’re some kind of sinner.
She says your toes are so cold
but ya got some kinda' heat on.
You got the Devil,
you got the Devil goin' on,

'cause you got some kinda' rhythm,
some kinda' rhythm goin' on.
You been rockin' and a rollin'
rockin' and a rollin' so long,
'cause you got some kinda rhythm,
some kinda' rhythm goin' on.

You got the Devil,
you got the Devil,
you got the Devil goin' on.

Her clock is tickin',
her clock is tickin'
gonna' take some kinda' lickin'
her clock is tickin',
and she says your toes are so cold
but ya got some kinda' heat on.
You got the Devil,
you got the Devil goin' on

'cause you got some kinda' rhythm,
some kinda' rhythm goin' on.
You been rockin' and a rollin',
rockin' and a rollin' so long,
'cause you got some kinda' rhythm,
some kinda’ rhythm goin' on

You got the Devil,
you got the Devil,
you got the Devil goin' on.
You got the Devil,
you got the Devil,
you got the Devil goin' on
you got the Devil,
you got the devil,
you got the Devil goin' on.
You got the Devil goin' on.

Discography

"Workin' At The Booby Trap" - received Best Album nomination - 2012 San Diego Music Awards!

"Big Legged Woman" - received Best Album nomination - 2008 San Diego Music Awards!

Hugh Gaskins and the G String Daddies released their first CD, "Big Legged Woman" in early 2008 and their second effort, Workin' At The Booby Trap in 2012. Click on the "Audio" tab to hear samples.

To date, Hugh has also released two solo CDs - "Hughmanity" and "Motel Angels" - and one collaborative effort, "Back on Track".

Set List

While our CD releases (and sample clips on this site) are primarily original music, our live performances are flexble and tailored to the specific audience or event, and can consist of mostly cover songs or mostly originals, depending on the wishes of the venue.

Our song list below covers '50s, '60s and '70s rock, blues, rockabilly and even a little country.

COVERS

Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones
The Last Time - Rolling Stones
Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Twist and Shout - Beatles
Birthday – Beatles
I Feel Fine – Beatles
Statesboro Blues - Allman Brothers
Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers
Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin
Bad Company - Bad Company
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
Love Me - Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
One Night - Elvis Presley
It Hurts Me Too - Eric