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Kudzu Kings is an alternative country/roots rock jam band from Oxford, Mississippi. Their sound has been categorized as a blend of country music, bluegrass and improvisational rock & roll. The band was actively together for almost ten years (1994-2003), and members still come together for occasional reunion shows.
In their years together, the band gained moderate success in the Southeast, Colorado, and Texas, in addition to spreading their base to the rest of the nation and Canada with a number of tours. They have shared the stage many times with Widespread Panic (with whom longtime Kudzu guitarist George McConnell eventually joined up with in 2002), as well as with many other artists, including Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman, Leftover Salmon, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Junior Brown, just to name a few. Kudzu Kings have also welcomed a number of guest musicians to collaborate over the years (sometimes sitting in for several shows for absent members) including Chris Etheridge, Bucky Baxter, John "Jojo" Hermann (of Widespread Panic), Cody Dickinson (of North Mississippi All-Stars), and Tony Furtado.
Kudzu Kings (1997)
* Produced by Jim Gaines and engineered by Jeffrey Reed * All Music Guide review 1
* Produced and engineered by Jeffrey Reed * CMJ (5/8/00, p. 32) - "...A winning blend of roots rock, traditional country and Delta blues..."
Tate Moore - acoustic guitars, vocals;,
Dave Woolworth - bass, alto guitar, vocals;,
Robert Chaffe - keyboards;,
Tommy Bryan Ledford (1997-2003) - banjo, mandolin, vocals;,
George McConnell (1995-2001) - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals;,
Max Williams (1994-1997) - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals;,
Daniel Karlish (2001-2003) - electric & slide guitar, vocals;,
Chuck Sigler (1994-1999) - drums;,
Jefferson E. Colburn (2000-2003) - drums;,
Ted Gainey (of Blue Mountain, Cary Hudson Electric Trio) - drums;,
C.D. Overton - drums;,
JJ Callaway - trombone;,
Chris Etheridge - bass;,
Bucky Baxter - pedal steel