Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins

Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins

BandCountryAmericana

Versatile electric 6-piece TX Honky Tonk band with flashes of funk, blues, and soul to go with traditional swing, americana, and outlaw. Powerful vocals, Intricate arrangements, classic songwriting, and great musicianship. Intense emotional ballads, swingin dance shuffles, and raw outlaw anthems.

Biography

“I don’t like to call it classic country because that makes it sound like its gone, and it ain’t gone. We just need to give all of the people who still love this music, a voice in what country music REALLY is" -L. Hudgins*

Lucas Hudgins and his band The First Cousins, have been described as "Texas roots meets snakeskin boots" , which explains what makes this not your everyday traditional Country band. Originally Formed in 2002, current line-up in 06-07,the band is now looking to make a move in the Regional Music scene. Soon after the release of Hudgins Debut Honky Tonk Illusion (2005), which was well recieved by the Central TX roots country music fanatics, Chris Miller also of Dave Alvin and the guilty men, met Hudgins in Austin TX, and joined the band. The two moved in together and immediately began writing and arranging tunes, then recruited Austin Jazz and Country legend David Leroy Biller to play Pedal steel guitar, and Dave Wesselowski (bass) to join Hudgins’ band of Ben Massey and Matt Puryear. The collaborative efforts of Hudgins and Miller blossomed into a great writing team, while working on their next project and the Cousins began gaining recognition from not only their music, but these great songs. Guitarist Chris Miller also influenced the band with his deep roots in blues, funk, and soul. The Twin guitar parts and the arrangements of Biller and Miller, to go with the powerful vocals of Lucas Hudgins make the band sound classically authentic, but with a degree of originality from the extreme mixture of their influences. Charlie Pride, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, George Jones, Wynn Stuart, and Johnny Paycheck comes through. Along with the surprising appearence of swing, blues, jazz, funk, and soul. Their sound changes from song to song giving the band a chance to show all of these, from Honky-tonk to Americana to hillbilly soul making them able to simultaneously please a traditional crowd of a TX dance Hall as well a more modern venue. As one of Austin’s best young vocalists Lucas Hudgins is the Key to the bands success, his vocal quality, classic style, and more importantly his gift of range from melodic crooning, to fevered raw hollers is what you must hear to believe is coming out of this truly talented Texan.

Discography

Honky Tonk Illusion (2005) blood chili records
Songs: Honky Tonk Illusion, Go Away, Spiral of this Mysery, Glovebox, and Go out and lose my mind all have had various play across the country, some Local Radio airplay on co-op radio as well as satellite Radio.

Lucas Hudgins- the songs of Chris Miller and Lucas Hudgins 2008
finished and is set to be released in Summer 2008

Set List

1 1/2 hours of all original material

or

4 hour set with approximately 30% original material 70% covers

Originals
Honky Tonk Illusion, Follow the signs, Step by step, Three chairs, glovebox, Go out and lose my mind, Ring, The Ghosts of your love, Inside its Pouring, Living in a world of my own, the man who makes you cry, Spiral of Mysery, More Whine, How could I love you, The Losin Kind, Every hour of every day, The best fool in Town,... and many more

Cover Songs
Merle Haggard:
*Today I Started Loving You
Again
*That’s the way Love Goes *
Sing me back home
*Big City
*Silver Wings
The Bottle let me down
Swingin Doors
*The old man from the mountain
All my friends are gonna be strangers

Johnny Cash:
*Ring of Fire
Folsom Prison Blues
Long Black Veil
*What Do I care
*Get Rhythm
I still miss someone
* Train of love

Willie Nelson:
Undo the right
Hello Walls
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Charlie Pride:
Just between you and me