George Ducas Itching to Get Back Out on the Blacktop

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Before releasing his six-song EP, Volume Up, Windows Down, in 2010, Texas country singer/songwriter George Ducas had taken a break from performing and had mainly concentrated on writing hits for country artists such as Garth Brooks, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Gary Allan, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, the Randy Rogers Band, the Eli Young Band, and Radney Foster.

One of the first hits for Ducas came early on when he co-wrote "Just Call Me Lonesome," with Foster. The single appeared on Foster's debut album, Del Rio, TX 1959, and quickly hit the Top 10 on the country music charts.

He has also written or co-written hits such as "A Real Fine Place to Start," a No. 1 for Sara Evans, "Kiss Me in the Dark" for the Randy Rogers Band, "Always the Love Songs" for the Eli Young Band and "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" for George Jones and Garth Brooks.

Many of those hits make it into his live performances, as do a few of his earlier songs including, "Teardrops" and "Lipstick Promises," both Top 10 hits for the performer. Ducas' most recent chart-toppers are "Cowtown," and "Breakin' Stuff."

Ducas signed with Liberty records in 1994, but was later transferred to Capitol Records Nashville after Liberty underwent restructuring. Shortly after the label change, Ducas parted ways with Capitol.

Instead of seeking a new label, Ducas decided to stay home with his wife and two young children and pursue songwriting.

Since his decision to release Volume Up, Ducas has been tearing up the Texas blacktop, reacquainting old fans and recruiting new ones.

Currently he's back in the recording studio and working with producer Matt McClure, who has most recently worked with country performer Lee Brice ("A Woman Like You"). Ducas says he is working on a release date somewhere in the first quarter of next year.

"Matt's pretty hot right now," Ducas said. "He's hitting his stride and he's really great to work with. He's the whole package, and he has a great instinct for knowing where a song can go and has a lot of great ideas. He's great to work with in the studio and with vocals. I really just enjoyed collaborating with him."

As for what's on the horizon for the Texas country artist, Ducas said he wants to play harder, louder and get his latest project in the can and on the road as soon as possible.

"Man, I'm really looking forward to the new material coming out because it's time to play some new songs," he says Ducas. "Of course, writing is always a part of the equation for me and I hope to be doing a lot more in 2013.

"My career has always been that way -- you know, part writer and part artist and I would like to keep on the road as long as possible, with the majority of it being in Texas."

George Ducas plays a solo acoustic show 8 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Moose Lodge, 5306 Washington, www.thebluemooselodge.com.

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