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Eugene Hideaway Bridges & band
Sat. 25 March 2017, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm AEDT
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, son of the 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 A A Edwards.
At thirteen Eugene was entering R&B talent shows and had formed his first R&B band The Five Stars. Eugene moved to Texas to join the Air Force at sixteen, playing in the Air Force band for the next three years. On leaving he joined The New Chosen on guitar and vocals and went on to play with The Mighty Clouds of Joy, then travelled alone to Europe, where B B King’s Bassist Big Joe Turner spotted him in Paris and offered him the position of Guitarist / Vocalist with Big Joe Turners Memphis Blues Caravan.
The following year he formed The Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges Band and 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.
A mix of Blues, Soul, Jump, Funk, Gospel & Rock make Eugene’s show an upbeat journey through all the musical influences that have made Eugene the seasoned and versatile performer we have today.