Bruce Hughes grew up in Austin, Texas, and has been ubiquitous in the musical mecca since the late 80’s. Bassist, singer, sideman, ringleader, guitarslinger… you name it – he does it.
A formative member of Austin bands Poi Dog Pondering, Ugly Americans, and the Scabs, he continues to be one of the town’s most visible and versatile musicians. You can catch him playing regularly around town and around the country with Bob Schneider, The Resentments, Johnny Nicholas, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Poi Dog Pondering, and Sly Curtis. Bruce was voted Bass Player of the Year in both the 2008 and 2015 Austin Music Awards.
Bruce likes to help people make records, producing records for Johnny Nicholas, The Resentments, The Scabs, Matt the Electrician, Poi Dog Pondering, Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks, and U.K.s Jonathan Whiskerd. His most recently completed project is Johnny Nicholas’ 2018 Grammy-nominated release, Too Many Bad Habits.
Bruce played with Cracker on their ’93-’94 US Kerosene Hat tour, and with Jason Mraz on his ’08-’09 worldwide tour for We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Check out Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess – Live on Earth DVD. It’s radical!
Bruce’s solo work includes Bluebird (2006), shorty (2008) and Trap Door (2013), as well as a live All Nude Army CD BHANA (2010). New music is in the can for 2019.