Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges USA

Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges (USA)
TICKETS: $25 +BF@$30 at the door (if not sold out)
There is only one true keeper of the Legends... and he kicks off his 2018 World Tour in Australia.
Eugene whips up a storm wherever he goes with his distinctive southern sound.
Combining Blues, Soul, Jump, Funk, Gospel, Rock and Beach music, Eugene takes you on an upbeat journey through all the musical influences that have made him the seasoned and versatile performer he is today.
- 7 times nominee USA Blues Foundation, Blues Music Awards
- Soul Blues Artist of the Year
- Album of the Year
Direct from the USA, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges is back playing an action packed show that pays respect to the musical forerunners that shaped his music and life - including BB KING, SAM COOKE and HIDEAWAY SLIM, along with his original works from a career spanning 53 years and 9 albums.
Eugene is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, and every year this is from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between.
Born in 1963 in New Orleans and raised in Amite, Louisiana, the son of Otheneil Bridges Sr, also known as blues guitarist Hideaway Slim, Eugene is the fourth child of five. His mother was from the Bullock family (the same as Anna Mae Bullock better known as Tina Turner) and Eugene claims he got his guitar skills from the Bridges side and his voice from the Bullocks. At five he was already playing with his father around Louisiana; with his brothers as The Bridges Brothers he sang gospel and was the musician of his church touring with the Pastor, Elder AA Edwards. At thirteen Eugene was entering R&B talent shows and had formed his first R&B band The Five Stars.
Aged sixteen Eugene joined the Air Force, playing in the Air Force band for the next three years. On leaving the Air Force he joined The New Chosen on guitar and vocals and went on to play with The Mighty Clouds of Joy.
Following a move to Houston, Texas in the 1980’s Eugene released Blues, Gospel and R&B recordings by the three bands he was running at the time. These included the first line-up of the Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges Band. They toured the USA from coast to coast.
Eugene then travelled alone to Europe, where BB King Bassist, Big Joe Turner spotted him in Paris and offered him the position of guitarist and vocalist with Big Joe Turners Memphis Blues Caravan.
A year later Eugene left to work under his own name again and formed The Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band. Signed to the Blueside label, Eugene recorded Born to be Blue, produced by Mike Vernon. His live performances received rave reviews and Eugene was awarded UK's Blueprint Magazine Vocalist of the Year. He also won The Trophees France Blues 99 Chanteur De L'Annee.
In 2000 Eugene signed to Armadillo Music and has appeared, often headlining, at major festivals in the USA, all over Europe, Singapore, New Zealand and in Australia at Byron Bay’s BluesFest.