Once in a while, a group of musicians sits down to play together and something magical happens. When North Carolinians Harry Tueting and Rik McDuffee met Englishman Kevin Bingley, it was just such a magical moment, and Mister Mustard was born.
Tueting and McDuffie, who hail from Wilmington, have known each other and played together since they met each other in a civics class at John T. Hoggard High School in the early 70's.. As musical partners, they have had the opportunity to share the stage with national acts like The Charlie Daniels Band, The Kentucky Headhunters and Exile. McDuffie is well-known in the Raleigh area as a jazz musician, and Tueting was a founding member of the Chapel Hill-based rock band Rain Dance.
Bingley is a native of Leicester, England, and has been performing since the early 70's. He worked with many bands during the 70's including Elton John, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Who, Dr. Hook, and Supertramp, and was a bandmate of Ric Grech - who, along with Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, comprised Blind Faith- widely recognized as the world's first "Supergroup".
The guys had been considering adding a percussionsit to round out the mix when Tueting called up Robert Hudson his bandmate from Rain Dance. From the very first song they played together it seemd like Mister Mustard had always been a quartet. Hudson, from South Carolina, has been playing in bands since the early 1960s that have opened for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Rare Earth and Uriah Heep.
Featuring strong vocals, tight harmonies, blistering instrumental work and solid songwriting, Mister Mustard pays tribute to influences like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elton John, CCR, The Band, etc., but also serves up a plateful of hot, spicy new material. All four members sing lead and harmony, play a variety of instruments, and write. Mister Mustard's gigs are remarkable mostly because they're just fun - Harry, Rik, Robert and Kevin really are good buddies, and they revel in sharing good music with their friends. The onstage comraderie and chemistry is contagious!
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