Tugalo Holler presents a fun and compelling blend of contemporary and traditional bluegrass and gospel music. The group has been performing in the Tri-State area since 2001 and never stops developing their fresh take on a timeless musical genre.
Tugalo Holler is a six-piece bluegrass band with just the right blend of youthfulness and experience, giving more than just a nod to the greats of the genre. Consisting of all acoustic instruments, the band deftly maneuvers itself toward and away from the mics to give either emphasis or space to the musical parts. Frontman Stephen Hudson pulls double duty as vocalist and fiddle player, and he is flanked by banjo (Michael Hill), mandolin (Dennis James), and guitar (Harold Hudson), with Michael "Porkchop" Branch on double bass bringing up the rear. Lead vocalist Jessica Hudson didn't make it to this show, but the often four part harmonies from the other members brought a heavenly fullness to the songs. The band plays its own compositions as well as traditional bluegrass and gospel favorites, which they have obviously been steeped in their whole lives. Their musicianship, storytelling, but most importantly their genuineness sets Tugalo Holler far above most bands in their genre.
Tugalo Holler came to lead a Sunday morning service w/ a pre-concert as people were arriving. From the time they pulled up in our parking lot, to the last item packed back in their cars, they all were incredible. Their kindness and attention to detail and the people around them was refreshing. We can't wait to have them back and would recommend them anywhere. Thanks Tugalo Holler!
Response from Tugalo Holler:
Thanks Micah, we were honored to be asked back to Brushy Creek to worship with your congregation. We really appreciate the level of effort your team put into making us feel at ease and accommodating our needs for the service. May the Lord continue to bless you and your church family!
Tugalo Holler has become one of my favorite bluegrass bands out there! They are some of the nicest people you'll meet, and their music is superb! You really can't help but to do a little jig when they're around. I have had them play at my events twice. Both times were awesome. They are just EASY to deal with. I would have this band at any of my events!!!
Response from Tugalo Holler:
Thanks Jessie, it's always a pleasure to perform in Cornelia. You do a great job with your events and, as performers, it's a very welcoming environment. We look forward to coming back!
We booked Tugalo Holler for our 2 day festival, Squealin' on the Square, to perform as the opening act on Saturday morning. Despite having some rainy weather, the crowd and vendors enjoyed the bluegrass music. Our event staff had several people stop us during the day to ask us about the band and to compliment them on their style of music.
The group was very easy to work with and professional. Their booking fee fit in well with our budget and the group was worth every penny! We will certainly be booking them again in the future!
Response from Tugalo Holler:
We're so glad you guys were happy with the band. Everybody at the event was really helpful and easy to get along with. Thanks again!
Price Range: $500 - $2000
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Tugalo Holler presents a compelling blend of contemporary, soulful sounds with strong ties to the traditional roots of bluegrass-gospel music. Great vocals and dynamic instrumentation combine to create a unique sound within the genre. The group provides an upbeat, groovy mix of songs with some hints of classic country and just the right amount of thought-provoking, emotional ballads.
*Only alcohol-free event requests, please.
Tugalo Holler is based in Westminster, SC. If you don't know where that is, it is about 15 miles from Clemson University in Clemson, SC and about 10 miles from the Georgia State Line. The band played their first concert in May 2001. It was at Gap Hill Baptist in Six Mile, SC. Thanks to Jeremy and everyone at Gap Hill for giving the band their "Big Break". Since then, the Lord has opened the door for many more. Tugalo Holler has played at churches, arts and crafts shows, weddings, parties, benefits and many other venues across upstate South Carolina, Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina.
So, here's the story behind the name. It's not exciting, but you went to all the trouble of clicking on this page, so you'll hear it anyway ... the band got the idea for the name from a former co-worker of "Porkchop's". Chris Arrick suggested that the group be named "The Tugaloo Hollerers". The band liked the idea, but the name was hard to say. So, they changed it to Tugaloo Holler. The Tugaloo (pronounced the same as Tugalo) is a river not far from our hometown. Many non-natives (from up north and out west) have moved into the area and they pronounce Tugaloo as Two-ga-lou. The group decided to change the spelling to T-u-g-a-l-o as to avoid the confusion. This spelling was actually taken from the local Tugalo Gas Company. And that's the rest of the story... What's in a name?... First and foremost Tugalo Holler is a ministry. The band considers it a privelage and honor to be able to spread joy and happiness and God's word through song. Tugalo Holler is a bluegrass band and enjoys playing gospel, old standards, new songs and some songs that the group has "bluegrassified".
Additional Booking Notes
Tugalo Holler can provide it's own sound system with enough power to supply sound at small intimate venue or a moderately sized outdoor event or large gymnasium. The band is very flexible and can work with integrated sound systems if needed, with as little as 4 xlr mic inputs and 48v phantom power.
Upcoming Booked Events
|April 28, 2018 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Festival|
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Just a single 15A, 120V receptacle (when band provides sound reinforcement)
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