Beale Street bluesmen brings the city to life

Postcard from Beale Street

The city is Memphis. If you are a musical troubadour who regularly rambles the river city looking for new blues talent, listening to each note that flows out of the Beale Streets clubs — you’ve probably come across the Eric Hughes Band.

Eric is a native of Memphis, who pulled a stint as a marine but constantly longed for the food, atmosphere and music he left behind. It was during that time he started his next step. The 1990's were spent learning the guitar and the harmonica, and Eric spent time in the Memphis Songwriters Association, learning the craft of songwriting.

It was time well spent. Since 2001, he and his band have played over 4000 gigs on that famous Memphis street.

In 2007, the Eric Hughes Band won the Memphis Blues Society's “Battle of the Blues,” and represented Memphis in the International Blues Challenge. 2007 saw the release of Hughes' “Live On Beale” a collection of originals and blues classics, featuring two new originals.

He recently released a brilliant blues album that brings the street and city to life, Postcard from Beale Street.

It’s clear he and his band have soaked up tips from the masters they have toured with — Albert and B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Jeff Beck.

This CD, will make you jump in your car and drive north towards the river.

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