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Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats

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.

Hudson Harkins

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.

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St Louis Band

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.

The experience, expertise, humor and class of Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats will help to make any event a success!

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Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats Song List


  • Original Rock and Roll
  • Early Rhythm and Blues
  • On the Easy Side


  • 20 Flight Rock


  • Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
  • Ain’t too proud to Beg
  • Alright OK You Win
  • At Last


  • Barefootin’
  • Be Bop a Lula
  • Big Boss Man
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Boppin the Blues
  • Bring it on Home to Me


  • Can I Change My Mind
  • Can I Change My Mind
  • Cross Cut Saw
  • C’mon Let’s Go Little Darlin’


  • Do You Wanna Dance
  • Doin the Hand Jive
  • Don’t You Lie to Me


  • Fever
  • Fly Me to the Moon


  • Get a Rhythm
  • Great Balls O’ Fire
  • Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon


  • Hang on Sloopy
  • Have Mercy
  • Hey ,Hey Baby, I Wanna Know if You’ll be
  • Hi Heeled Sneakers
  • Hot lil Mama
  • Hound Dog


  • I Ain’t Drunk, I’m Just Drinkin’
  • I Ain’t got No Home, I’m a Lonely Boy
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • I Got a Woman
  • I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  • I Woke Up This Mornin’
  • Iko Iko
  • It Shoulda Been Me


  • Jail House Rock
  • Johnnie B Goode
  • Jump Jive and Wail
  • Just the Two of Us, You and I


  • Let the Good Times Roll
  • Linda Lou
  • Little Bitty Bit of your Love
  • Little Queenie
  • Little Sister


  • Makin’ Whoopie
  • Messin’ with the Kid
  • My Gal is Red Hot
  • My Girl


  • Nadine


  • One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
  • Ooh Poo Pa Doo
  • Our Love is Here to Stay


  • Polk Salad Annie


  • Ready Willin’ and Able
  • Rip it Up
  • Rock Me Baby
  • Rock this Joint
  • Rockin’ Robin


  • Saint Louis Blues
  • Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Shake your Money Maker
  • Since I Met you Baby
  • Sittin on the Dock of the Bay
  • Snatch it Back
  • Stand By Me
  • Strat Cat Strut
  • Suzy Q
  • Sweet Little Sixteen


  • Tell it Like It Is
  • That’ll Be the Day
  • That’s Amore
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • The Train Keeps Rollin’ All Night Long
  • The Way You Look Tonight


  • Use Me Up


  • Walkin the Dog
  • Wang Dang Doodle
  • What a Wonderful World
  • When the Saints Go Marching IN
  • Who Do You Love
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin on
  • Who  Do You Love
  • Wine Spo de Odie Drinkin’ Wine


  • You Never Can Tell
  • You Send Me


"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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