Kudzu Kings

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Kudzu Kings
Origin Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Genres Alternative country, roots rock
Years active 1994 (1994)–present
  • Tate Moore
  • Dave Woolworth
  • Robert Chaffe
  • George McConnell
  • Max Williams
  • Ted Gainey
Past members
  • Tommy Bryan Ledford
  • Daniel Karlish
  • Chuck Sigler
  • Jefferson E. Colburn
  • Chris Louviere

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.

Band Members[edit]

Members include (but not limited to):

Current Members
  • Tate Moore – acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Dave Woolworth – bass, baroque doghouse, vocals
  • Robert Chaffe – keyboards
  • George McConnell (1995–2001; 2014 –) – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
  • Max Williams (1994–1997; 2004 –) – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Ted Gainey (1999-2000, numerous occasions and extended stays including 2014 –) – drums
Former Members
  • Tommy Bryan Ledford (1997–2003) – banjo, mandolin, vocals
  • Daniel Karlish (2001–2003) – electric & slide guitar, vocals
  • Chuck Sigler (1994–1999) – drums
  • Chris "Wolfy" Louviere (1999-2000) – drums
  • Jefferson E. Colburn (2000–2003) – drums
  • CD Overton (2003-2014) – drums

Sometimes with:

  • JJ Callaway – trombone
  • Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain) – guitar


Kudzu Kings (1997)[edit]

  • Produced by Jim Gaines and engineered by Jeffrey Reed
  • All Music Guide review [1]

Y2Kow (1999)[edit]