“I consider myself very much a singer and songwriter with an emphasis on performing and being out there playing for people is a chance for the songs I write to live and breathe.”
A Lone Star native whose heart and soul are rooted in the honk tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls, George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, driven by passion and humbled by a God-given talent. With a string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter, George Ducas is a recording artist, hit songwriter, global entertainer and family man; his musical offerings encompass a creativity, sentiment and wisdom of a life well rounded and worn.
Ducas entered the country music genre as a deep-rooted traditionalist and defined vocalist who brought a contemporary edge to the format in the mid-90s. A Capitol-Nashville Records artist, Ducas was among a hefty roster of award-winning label mates Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, Deana Carter and Suzy Bogguss.
Since his success as a national major label and critically-acclaimed recording artist (with a string of hits including the Top 10 single "Lipstick Promises”), Ducas took an intended “recording hiatus” to devote his attention to raising his son and daughter (Will and Grace) in their early years and the “creative process.”
With a noticeable personal “presence missed” on mainstream radio in recent years, it is only his voice that has been quieted from “front and center” over the airwaves. Ducas has remained a mainstay in the country recording industry whose talents for putting words into music have been recognized by his peers and heard loud and clear echoing throughout stadiums, across the dance floors, and booming from stereo speakers over the past decade. His reputation has made him a sought-after songcrafter. Ducas is in deed the essence of "musicianship” in a league of his own. "I laugh when I'm asked the question, “Where have you been?” I'm not coming out of the ‘Lost and Found.” I've been writing, recording and playing gigs for the last ten years... growing into my own skin to become a more confident writer, recording artist and producer. The music “switch” never turns off. I think that's revealed in my music today."
Making a subtle yet impacting and lasting impression on the country audience and the music industry from the shadows, Ducas has become the “go-to” guy for good songs. His name can be found behind the pen of some of country music's biggest hits including: Sara Evan's No. 1 "Real Fine Place To Start," Josh Thompson's "Won't Be Lonely Long," The Eli Young Band's "Always The Love Songs" as well as cuts recorded by George Jones and Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood and the Randy Rogers Band, only to name a few.
"I’ve never stopped making music; I just stopped making records. In all this time, I have been growing as a person and as parent, which ultimately led my musical direction." The allure of the night and bright lights, and his fervor to be heard, drew Ducas back into the recording booth taking a short respite and detour from the miles of Texas roads where he’s performed again and again along the trails blazed by hero Willie Nelson and other Texan troubadours before him. Feeding the hunger to record his own new music, the highways nurtured his creative appetite and the call and answer from fans moved him to step from beyond the borders of the big sky and head back to the studio. The result: 4340
With a craft mastered by reflections of life lessons complimented by present day maturity, Ducas returns to the country music format to “voice” his songs, and without exception 4340 (Loud Ranch/October 2013) showcases Ducas’ talents to illuminate storylines with defining imagery that brings lyrics to life.
Featuring co-writes alongside Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square), Jim Beavers (“Red Solo Cup”/Toby Keith, “5150”/Dierks Bentley), Radney Foster, Jon Henderson, and Jason Matthews, the album is stocked with radio worthy tracks and lined with carefully painted musical canvasses including “CowTown” “Ain’t That Crazy,” “Love Struck,” “Amnesia,” “Gimme Back My Honky Tonk” and “I Need To Love You.”
The CD covers an array of topics. “CowTown” is three minutes of good times; “Amnesia” is a longing with regret (with which I’m very familiar); “Aint That Crazy” is a journalistic review of how things change over time, what was once ‘cool’ is no longer hip, unexpected twists and turns in love affairs and ‘changes’ (technological or otherwise) that historically become modern day. The album is relationship driven; what can be bigger than that?
A tunesmith who constructs lyrics that attract the ears of the deeply emotional, light-hearted and jovial and satisfy the palate of even the most eclectic and thoughtful of listeners, George Ducas is a captivating musical poet.
TILL THERE WAS NOTHING BETWEEN US GIRL BUT AN ALL NIGHT LONG EMBRACE INSTEAD OF THESE WHITE LINES AND ROAD SIGNS WHERE OH WHERE HAVE MY SMOKE AND NEON GONE THAT PLACE WHERE I AIN’T LOOKED DOWN UPON AND I CAN HEAR ONE COUNTRY SONG WHEN A FIDDLE AND STEEL GUITAR HAVE NO BUSINESS IN A BAR GIMME BACK MY HONK TONK THIS AIN’T THE FIRST TIME I HAD HEARTACHE BUT IT’S THE FIRST TIME I FELT MY HEART BREAK (“This One’s Gonna Hurt”) ACTING TUFF AND BREAKING STUFF... NEVER BEEN GOOD AND BEING GOOD... I GET WRONG JUST RIGHT (“Breakin’ Stuff”) His debut single from the project, entitled "CowTown" (written by Ducas and Jim Beavers), first hit the airwaves in his home state as an introduction to the well-oiled and much-anticipated 12-track album; the tune received overwhelming welcome in Texas (climbing into the Top 10 on the Texas Music Charts) and “welcome back” applause from country radio and its listeners across the globe.
In the early days of my career, I wanted to be considered a serious writer and was tightly guarded; I didn’t want to write or record “fun.” (I may not be serious enough, now.) The business decides for you--where you fall, what your role is. I was a singer with a record deal and then a songwriter for others. I’ve come full circle and learned I can be both, but when it’s all said and done, touring and performing is the ultimate pay-off! And...when folks tell me “you never should have stopped making records,” that tells me I’m in the right place at the right time.
Meeting “good housekeeping” Nashville standards and stamped with a “better music & lyrics seal of approval,” 4340 is relevant, yet timeless—a contemporary standard well worth the wait.