Born at Handy Park on The World Famous Beale Street in the summer of 2006 by The Late Hayden Fraser on Drums and Jimmy, The Jimmy Hudson Band quickly earned a name and reputation for itself second to none playing everywhere from Beale Street to Tunica, Border to Border Coast to Coast. We play a huge selection of music ranging from Beale Street Memphis Blues, Stax Soul, and Sunn Rock N Roll and Rockabilly. We also play everything from Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Solid Country Gold, Outlaw Country, and even Modern Country, Rock, and fun Dance Tunes. We deliver any expectation you have of a professional band and exceed those expectations and give you one of, if not the best show you have ever seen every single time.
We are not your average band, we put on a show that you will never forget and your guests will be talking about for years to come wondering when you are bringing that Memphis Band back. We specialize in Private Parties, Corporate Events, Casinos, Wedding Receptions, Bars, and Convert Venues. We have top of the line audio and lighting equipment that can handle any show indoors or outdoors.
Client Testimonial: Months ago, my husband starting talking—a lot—about a guitar player he’d met and had been listening to: a fellow named Jimmy Hudson. We soon went to a family friendly local restaurant to see Jimmy and his band. I expected some kind of flashy but boring musician. But that’s not what I found. The music was great and the audience, young, old, black, white, was on its feet, dancing! It was like one of those New Orleans clubs, except it was in Central Ohio. We’ve seen Jimmy perform many times since then, and plan on going even more.We hired Jimmy and his band to play at our anniversary party. Our guests absolutely insist that we bring Jimmy back for another performance! It’s amazing watching a great musician connect with an audience the way Jimmy does. Joyce S, Fan and Client of The Jimmy Hudson Band
The Jimmy Hudson Band has performed at my establishment on multiple occasions. I feel very fortunate to have found this talented band. Not only are they exceedingly talented but they are also the epitome of professionalism. When this band is booked, never do I worry that they might not show. (Not the case with a lot of bands) They arrive early, set up, test and are ready to go at the scheduled time. Their mix of music always appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While their music is exceptional, no one should overlook the “show” they also add to the evening. As the owner, I consistently receive multiple positive reviews from patrons, as well as inquiries about when the band will return. I feel so confident in The Jimmy Hudson Band, that I have used them for private parties at my home, as well as referring them to friends, who also booked them for private parties. I unequivocally recommend this gifted group of musicians for any establishment or private individuals.
Far too often, musicians playing in small local venues are modestly talented hacks faking their way through tired frat-boy standards. But then there’s Jimmy Hudson. Jimmy is a proud son of Memphis and its rich musical heritage. The Memphis influence is deep. It’s there in every note he plays and in how he connects with his audience. He holds himself to the highest standards. He’s quick to tell you that he is, after all, a professional and means it. It’s not just in his musical style, but also in his commitment to his craft. He respects his elders—legends like Steve Cropper and the late Shawn Lane who remain profound influences on his music. His skills as a guitarist are unmatched on the local scene. He surrounds himself with fine supporting players who can go from blues to soul to country to original tunes as fast as Jimmy, and Jimmy can do it fast. No one reads his audience better than Jimmy. And the audiences are responding. I’ve seen Jimmy win over a variety of audiences—bikers, country and blues fans, young folks attending their first show, oldsters who thought they were too cynical and faded to care about music go from watching without interest while they talked and drank, to paying closer attention to the music, to getting on their feet, moving with the groove. Knowing what we know about Jimmy and his music, my wife and I hired Jimmy and his band for a private party (our 10th anniversary). Our guests were friends, neighbors and family, a real mixture of folks—doctors, lawyers, corporate CEO’s farmers, a mailman, a couple of talented musicians, retired cops. After only a few tunes, I heard the buzz from the crowd “Who is this guy? Where’d they get him? Where can we go to hear him again? Let’s hire him for our next party!” I’ve seen hundreds of guitar players in my life in places from small juke joints in the Mississippi Delta, to legendary clubs in New Orleans, Chicago, California, Hawaii, Europe. Many have been true greats—blues and rock legends like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Steve Cropper, James Burton, great country players like Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Albert Lee; bluegrass masters like Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Robert Shafter. What separates these musicians from the pack is a commitment to their craft and heritage and a deep respect for their audience—the kind of commitment and respect Jimmy brings to every performance.