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Kudzu Kings is an alternative country/roots rock jam band from Oxford, Mississippi. Their sound has been categorized as a blend of country music, bluegrass and improvisational rock & roll. The band was actively together and toured aggressively for almost ten years (1994–2003). Today, Kudzu Kings play regularly in the Southeast for festivals, benefits, obscure astrological events, or big paychecks to tamper with their unique chemistry. In addition, members are working on various projects, both solo and with other Kudzu members; some current projects the Kings have sired are Pithecanfunkus Erectus, Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door, Effie Burt Band, Hemptones, Sparkle Pants, Blackbird Hour, and Rocket 88.
In their touring years together, the band garnered substantial success in the Southeast, Colorado, and Texas, in addition to spreading their base to the rest of the nation and Canada with a number of tours. They have shared the stage many times with Widespread Panic (with whom longtime Kudzu guitarist George McConnell eventually joined up with in 2002), as well as with many other artists, including Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman, Leftover Salmon, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Junior Brown, just to name a few. Kudzu Kings have also welcomed a number of guest musicians to collaborate over the years (sometimes sitting in for several shows for absent members) including Chris Ethridge, Bucky Baxter, John "Jojo" Hermann (of Widespread Panic), Cody Dickinson (of North Mississippi All-Stars), and Tony Furtado.
Members include (but not limited to):
- Tate Moore – acoustic guitars, vocals;
- Dave Woolworth – bass, baroque doghouse, vocals;
- Robert Chaffe – keyboards;
- Tommy Bryan Ledford (1997–2003) – banjo, mandolin, vocals;
- George McConnell (1995–2001) – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals;
- Max Williams (1994–1997) – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals;
- Daniel Karlish (2001–2003) – electric & slide guitar, vocals;
- Chuck Sigler (1994–1999) – drums;
- Jefferson E. Colburn (2000–2003) – drums;
- Chris "Wolfy" Louviere (1999-2000) - drums;
- CD Overton (2003 to date) - drums
- Ted Gainey (1999-2000, numerous occasions and extended stays) – drums;
- JJ Callaway – trombone;
- Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain) - guitar;
Kudzu Kings (1997)
- Produced and engineered by Jeffrey Reed
- CMJ (5/8/00, p. 32) – "...A winning blend of roots rock, traditional country and Delta blues..."