George Ducas to perform at Texan

Singer-songwriter George Ducas, who has written numerous hit songs recorded by some of the biggest names in country music, will perform at the Texan Theater in Greenville Friday.

From Houston originally, Ducas’ songwriting credits include “Kiss Me in the Dark” (Randy Rogers Band), “Beer Run” (George Jones and Garth Brooks), “Real Fine Place to Start” (Sara Evans), “Always the Love Songs” (The Eli Young Band), and “Just Call Me Lonesome” (Radney Foster).

As a recording artist, Ducas recorded some hits of his own in the ’90s with “Teardrops,” “Lipstick Promises,” and “Every Time She Passes By.”

Whether it’s writing or performing, Ducas takes the same amount of pride in both jobs.

“It’s so hard to separate the two, as a songwriter and an artist,” he told the Herald-Banner. “One without the other weakens it.

 “I’ve gone through periods of being an artist all the time — performing all over, not just in Texas, but in Japan and in the UK, and since I’ve always performed songs I’ve written, the writing drives the artistry.

“At one time, I was just a songwriter, when I was focusing on being a father,” Ducas continued. “But, I wasn’t getting the juice from performing, so I wasn’t as good of a writer when I wasn’t performing. I’m very fortunate to be able to do both.”

Ducas’s most recent album, “Yellow Rose Motel,” is being released, digitally first, in three-song mini-EPs. So far, volumes one through three have been released, with the fourth (and final) scheduled to come out by the end of the year.

“It’s a different way to do it — I know John Mayor released an album in stages,” Ducas explained. “With so many people listening to music digitally, no one really listens to albums all the way through anymore, so we’ve been releasing three songs every quarter.

“Each set of songs has a focus track,” Ducas said. “On the first one, the focus track was ‘Eastwood,’ on the second it was ‘Unlove You’ and on the third, it’s ‘I’m All In.’ So far, it’s been a really cool experience that’s helped us reach more people. I’m happy with the exposure — it’s been a really effective way to do it.”

Ducas will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday at the Texan Theater, 2712 Lee St. in Greenville. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2ATazhp for $75.

“This will be my first time playing in Greenville,” Ducas said. “I’ve heard a lot about the Texan. They’ve done a lot to beautify it and make it an intimate yet first class experience. I’m looking forward to playing there.”

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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