KUDZU KINGS are a highly energetic and entertaining musical outfit from Oxford, Mississippi.
Their sound is a unique bland of country, bluegrass and improvisational rock & roll that has
appealed to many; young, old and in-between.
The band has been performing since late 1994 and gained a strong foothold in the Southeast in
their early years, filling several prominent music venues. The late ‘90s and early 2000s saw
their reach spread (much like kudzu itself), selling out shows from the Carolinas to Colorado,
and ultimately venturing up the Northeast into Canada for a couple of tours. They have shared
the stage several times with Widespread Panic (with whom Kudzu guitarist George Mcconnell
would eventually become a member), as well as Leftover Salmon, Banyan (Weir/Wasserman),
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit.
They have also appeared at numerous festivals (including – but not inclusive of – Beale Street
Music Festival, Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, 3 Rivers Music Festival, Crossroads, Riverfest,
Jubilee Jam). They were featured on television twice as the featured act on the WWL Morning
Program in New Orleans and appeared as special guests on Charlie Chase’s Tennessee Mornings
program in Nashville.
Their debut CD was produced by Grammy Award Winner Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray
Vaughan & Double Trouble, Huey Lewis & The News, Steve Miller Band) and their follow up was
recorded by his protégé, Jeffrey Reed. Over 10,000 units were sold via independent sales and
distribution and the band received considerable airplay domestically and overseas via AAA and
To this day, the band still performs with the classic lineup intact and continues to have well
attended shows throughout the Southeast. The Kudzus are celebrating their 25 th year (2019-
2020) by releasing archival (the University of Mississippi Blues Archives is adding nearly 600
shows to their Special Collection) and recording new material with plans to celebrate the
milestone with several commemorative concerts.
Internationally-ignored superstar, Captain Midnight is the world’s only known purveyor of “Waterbed Rock & Roll”. Crunchy Rock Guitar Riffs, Thick R&B Grooves, and Soaring Vocal Harmonies combine to create a unique, yet familiar soundscape for jammy anthems, sci-fi imagery, and humorous adult situations. The sexy, slick production on the band’s four studio albums have certainly raised a few earbrows, but any fan will tell you that “Waterbed Rock & Roll” translates best in a live setting.
Formed in pre-Katrina New Orleans, and currently based in Nashville, The Captain Midnight Band has developed a sound which shamelessly borrows from both cities’ musical heritages. Songcraft, showmanship, and the right amount of grease combine to fuse stye, substance, and groove, while relentless touring and experimentation seasons the overall presentation.
The Captain Midnight Band’s diverse appeal has resulted in club, theater, and festival dates with such acts as Dark Star Orchestra, moe, Cypress Hill, Twiddle, Marcus King, Leftover Salmon, Midnight North, Cornmeal, N.R.P.S., Karl Denson, TAUK, and many more more. Flattering comparisons to genre-defying acts such as P-Funk, Frank Zappa, and Ween are evident in the live show, where a genuine, energetic exchange is crafted and nurtured between band, fans, and whoever is lucky enough to be in the vicinity.