Eugene Huggins has played and worked on stage with Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Swamp Dog, Marc Benno, Ramblin' Jack Eliott, Tom Waits, Harvey Mandel, James Cotton, and many others. In the 80's he played and recorded with the Casuals, opening for some of today's most renowned musical luminaries such as, The Stray Cats, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. In the 90's he was pure grass-roots, spreading the word around with "Eugene and the Bluejeans." He also toured with The Harvey Mandel Band, and recorded a CD with him in a band called "Nightfire." Eugene is currently featured on twenty (20) CDs.
In "The Casuals," he backed up Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, at Bill Graham's Club, The Old Waldorf. The show got a great review in the Examiner, written by Phil Elwood. A couple of years later, Eugene opened for Chuck Berry at "The Stone" in San Francisco, and at the "Keystone" in Berkeley. When Eugene went up to Chuck between sets the first night to tell him how much he worshipped him, Chuck asked him to sit in with him on both nights, Chuck calling him on-stage by saying, "I wanna hear some harmonica, where's that white boy?!?" At "Jack's Bar" in San Francisco, "The Bluejeans" backed up James Cotton for two dates, Eugene singing all night with James playing behind him because at the time James wasn't singing.
After playing with "The Bluejeans" for a number of years, Eugene met Harvey Mandel, and toured Texas, Utah, and Nevada, and recorded the "Nightfire" CD, which featured Harvey and Freddy Roulette. In 2000, Eugene recorded the CD, "Life is a Nightmare" at the "Saloon" in Northbeach, which got great reviews in international publications. In 2008, Eugene was on the Nationally Syndicated Television Program, the "Conan O'Brian Show" as a featured player with the Tom Waits Band. One of Eugene's latest recording sessions he plays on Narda Michael Walden's newest CD, featured on the song, "At the Beach."
Eugene currently plays at many venues around the San Francisco Bay Area. He also plays with his friend, Cole Tate, and is featured on Cole's latest CD. He also does duo shows, sometimes with his friends, Ron Hacker, Austin Delone, Wendy Dewitt, and of course, Cole Tate and others. Besides Cole Tate, Eugene has been working with Guitarist, Felix Bannon, Bassist Burt Winn, Drummer Robbie Bean, and sometimes, Guitarist, Steve Freund. You can catch Eugene annually at in Sausalito, on New Year's Eve, St. Paddy's Day, and Halloween.
Eugene is currently studying the Chromatic Harmonica, writing and recording songs for his next CD.
For Events Booking, Please Contact 'The Eugene Huggins Blues Band' at (415) 887-9488 and inquire.
Rates vary depending on Event Size and the Distance to the Venue, as well as separate rates for Benefits, Not-For-Profit, and/or Guest Performers, Lighting, Equiptment, depending on what is required for the event.