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Eric's got a good five-piece band, good material, and a good album here, for those who appreciate good ol' blues music. There are Delta influences, and some sounds reminiscent of the Allman Bros. In addition to the fine guitar work, Eric also blows a real bad-ass Mississippi saxophone, squalling like, (as one of the lyrics describes the 8:15 train) a cat on fire. Very nice harp work. Eric seems to have a good following of his live performances, and this collection will surely generate more interest in his work. He is doing state-of-the-art stuff in this genre, and he maintains the quality of sound and material throughout. This is one of the good ones. If you like blues, there's nothing here not to like here. - Nightflying Entertainment Guide 2007


Discography

Eric Hughes Band: "Paycheck Boogie" (self-released)
continues to be featured on Blues radio programs world- wide.
Eric Hughes Band: "Two In the Morning" (self-released)
has maintained charting positions for over a year in individual stations' blues program. The album appeared in several radio airplay charts in 2006 and 2007.

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The blues has served as a virtual soundtrack to the life of Eric Hughes, a Memphis native. Raised an avid outdoorsman, Hughes roamed the Hill Country and Delta regions of Mississippi, pursuing a lifestyle he describes as: "hunt all day, juke all night". It was at a deer hunting camp near Greenwood, Mississippi that Hughes first heard James "Son" Thomas, who had been hired to entertain the hunters and guests. A stint at Mississippi College was later marked by misdirection and trouble, prompting Hughes to join the US Marines, where he excelled as a marksmanship instructor. Seeking to ease his homesickness for Memphis, Eric bought a used guitar from a fellow Marine, and has been studying and playing blues ever since.
Joining him in 1994, Laura Hughes has been Eric's bass player and partner throughout various bands and music ventures until they began playing Beale Street in 2001. Drummer James Cunningham joined the band in 2006, bringing with him the experience gained from several of Memphis' best bands. Robert Nighthawk Tooms, a gifted entertainer in his own right, plays the piano and organ like no one else can; he and guitarist Memphis Mike Forrest are Beale Street veterans, playing for over a decade in the Wampus Cats, memphis blues pillars throughout the 1990's and early 2000's.
The energy and joy that this band experiences while playing together is not only obvious, but also contagious, as demonstrated by over one thousand performances in the clubs on Beale Street since 2001.