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Austin, Texas born and raised, Hudson Harkins, songwriter, singer, drummer and bandleader, has led his band, Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats, through over 5,000 gigs since it’s inception in 1989. During this time, Harkins has fronted the band through a multitude of club dates, concerts, festivals, casino and corporate events, as well as five studio albums.

After living in Austin for 39 years and touring Texas, the Midwest, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Harkins decided to move to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1994 where his band has become quite successful.

Blending the influences of Texas’ rockin’ blues, country, rockabilly, and swing, with St. Louis’ historic soul, jump-blues and groovin’ urban blues, and in addition to many of Hudson’s original songs, have all proven to play a key role in the band’s long success.

In recent years, Hudson has tapped on some of the finest musicians in the St. Louis area. His band is ever-evolving in different directions with a revolving set of all-star players.

Harkins and his Hoo Doo Cats can adapt to most any situation and has played for such high profile clients as American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, Fox Sports Network, Ameristar Casinos, The National Baseball League, The British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta, countless municipal events, and many more.

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Partial Song list

  • Original Rock and Roll

  • Rip it Up
  • Jail House Rock
  • Little Sister
  • Hound Dog
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin on
  • Great Balls O’ Fire
  • Wine Spo de Odie Drinkin’ Wine
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Boppin the Blues
  • Do You Wanna Dance
  • Rock this Joint
  • Who Do You Love
  • Sweet Little Sixteen
  • Nadine
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Johnnie B Goode
  • Little Queenie
  • Be Bop a Lula
  • My Gal is Red Hot
  • That’ll Be the Day
  • 20 Flight Rock
  • Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Shake your Money Maker
  • The Train Keeps Rollin’ All Night Long
  • Rockin’ Robin
  • Suzy Q
  • C’mon Let’s Go Little Darlin’
  • Strat Cat Strut
  • Get a Rhythm
  • On the Easy Side

  • You Send Me
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Since I Met you Baby
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • Our Love is Here to Stay
  • My Girl
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • What a Wonderful World
  • At Last
  • That’s Amore
  • Tell it Like It Is
  • Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
  • Makin’ Whoopie
  • Alright OK You Win
  • Early Rhythm and Blues

  • Barefootin’
  • Let the Good Times Roll
  • Walkin the Dog
  • Hey ,Hey Baby, I Wanna Know if You’ll be
  • Wang Dang Doodle
  • Saint Louis Blues
  • Ooh Poo Pa Doo
  • Can I Change My Mind
  • Use Me Up
  • Snatch it Back
  • Fever
  • Messin’ with the Kid
  • Have Mercy
  • I Got a Woman
  • Hang on Sloopy
  • Iko Iko
  • Little Bitty Bit of your Love
  • Stand By Me
  • Hi Heeled Sneakers
  • Doin the Hand Jive
  • Bring it on Home to Me
  • Ready Willin’ and Able
  • Cross Cut Saw
  • Sittin on the Dock of the Bay
  • Don’t You Lie to Me
  • Rock Me Baby
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • Just the Two of Us, You and I
  • I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  • Big Boss Man
  • I Ain’t got No Home, I’m a Lonely Boy
  • Jump Jive and Wail
  • It Shoulda Been Me
  • Linda Lou
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • I Ain’t Drunk, I’m Just Drinkin’
  • Ain’t too proud to Beg
  • Hot lil Mama
  • I Woke Up This Mornin’
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
  • Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon
  • Can I Change My Mind
  • When the Saints Go Marching IN
  • Who  Do You Love
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"If there was only one band that I could listen to for the rest of my life it would be Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats. They have played at every major event I have organized including benefits with 1000 people, my daughter’s wedding, and smaller parties at our home. Classy and fun, their style is unparalleled."

Judy M. – 8.1.18

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