Shaking up two musical genres may sound like an improbable mission for some, but for the Trent Hughes Band it's the new normal. Members of the group will be performing on the Friday, Feb. 23 live Take 10 during the noon hour on our Gazette News Facebook platform. Hughes, the leader of the group and lead guitarist and vocals, and guitarist Mike Nelson will be joining us from our downtown Colorado Springs studio. Hughes' self-described musical genre is what he calls "tractor-grunge."
"What we are trying to do is take the best of all country like Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks or Keith Urban and combine it with the best of classic rock from someone like Lynyrd Skynrd and then come up with something that's unique and enjoyable that everyone can like and feel like it's fresh and new," he said.
Hughes has been playing music and singing since the fifth grade and is now a freshman at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs studying music. His full band, which is unable to be with us, includes Nelson, Jared Schaefer on drums, and Hughes' dad, Jim Hughes, on bass. You'd think a father-son working dynamic where the son is the boss could be an impediment. According to Trent Hughes, this working relationship works just fine, "Having my dad in the band can be interesting at times. He was one of my mentors as a guitarist telling me to practice my music and now I am telling him what to practice on bass. It's nice that we have a real good relationship. He handles all the bookings and gets us into some great events and is very gifted at handling these duties."
Trent Hughes' memorable moment on stage was when the band was forced off stage because of weather at last year's Greeley Stampede, "It was such a fun gig and the concert was going great up until the a little past one-third of the set. We were told to get off the stage because there was rain and lightning nearby. We had to stop the music. Luckily, we got to hang out with the audience on the ground and talk to fans for more than one and a half hours. The rain never let up and the lightning fear was always nearby so we couldn't get back on the stage, but we made new fans from all over Colorado and Wyoming. We will be playing again at the Greeley Stampede which will be our fourth time at the event."
The Trent Hughes Band has two albums under their belt and the group continues to refine their craft to keep giving their fans a perspective of what they bring to the table at their concerts.
"It's all about growth right now says Trent and growing our fan base," Hughes said.
You can listen to members of the Trent Hughes Band on our live Take 10 on Friday during the noon hour on our Gazette News Facebook platform.
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