George Ducas has enjoyed success as a national artist, international artist, and back home as a Texas Music artist, charting six singles on Billboard Hot Country songs, including two albums on Capitol Records and a string of hits like his Top 10 single “Lipstick Promises.” Now, Ducas’ latest single, the summer stomper “CowTown”, recently hit the Top 10 on the Texas charts, putting an exclamation mark on his most recent release. Since first emerging as a deep-rooted country artist with contemporary appeal, he has enjoyed hits as a Nashville major label artist, a Texas Music artist, and consummate songwriter.
In late 2010, George Ducas brought his music back home to Texas with the release of a 6-song EP, “Volume Up Windows Down”. His Texas Music Chart hit “Breakin’ Stuff”, one of 2011‘s most-played songs on Texas Music airwaves, is a bristling hard-edged Texas-style confessional of the mistakes we all make in life. “Never Goes Away,” a tune co-written with Texas artist Randy Rogers, is a widescreen tale of loving memories and desire, and the ballad “Amnesia” tackles the regrets everyone knows and feels. His musical heart and soul reside in the honky-tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls of his native Lone Star State.
“It’s time for me to take the bull by the horns and do things my own way,” explains Ducas as he embarks on the next chapter of an already successful and fulfilling musical career, this time as an independent artist. “I consider myself very much a singer and songwriter with the emphasis on performing. And being out there playing for people is a chance for the songs I write to live and breathe.”
Ducas preceded his recording career by penning Radney Foster’s solo career launching Top 10 hit “Call Me Lonesome,” and has continued to score as a writer of hits for Sara Evans (her multi-week #1 song “A Real Fine Place To Start”), George Jones and Garth Brooks (the Top 20 duet “Beer Run”) and the Eli Young Band (“Always The Love Songs,” which hit the Top 10), Josh Thompson (“Won’t Be Lonely Long”). Others such as Trisha Yearwood, Gary Allan, and The Dixie Chicks have also recorded his songs.
After taking a hiatus to devote himself to raising his daughter and son in their early years, Ducas returns to performing shows with his Texas-based band. He follows the trail blazed by his early prime inspiration, Willie Nelson. “We’ve seen it done before by Texans in the past,” he notes of Nelson’s return to Texas some four decades ago. “It worked really well and was the right thing to do musically and spiritually, and it feels that way to me too.”
While the highway never ends, the energy and creativity of today’s Lone Star music scene continues to beckon Ducas, just as such leading lights as The Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, and others seek him out as a song source and writing partner. Results include his Top 40 song for Rogers, “Kiss Me In The Dark,” the band’s biggest national hit to date, and the Top 10 Eli Young Band country chart single that was also the #1 Texas music song for 2010.