About the Crew
"There are many artists and bands floating around the Hudson Valley ... Hudson's Crew are definitely my favorite."
Formed in the wake of legendary music stemming from the nearby village of Woodstock, the Saugerties, NY based indi-alternative-rock band, Hudson's Crew, are drawing attention in a region steeped in musical greatness.
This fresh, clean and polished power group (Matt Hogan, Paddy Defino, Matt McLaren and Uncle Bob Baker) have created a catalog of original music encompassing different genres; bridging rock, folk rock and heavy blues with modern alternative qualities. Their sound is heavily influenced by popular artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes, while maintaining their own unique style. This distinctive sound radiates throughout their recently (September 2015) released full length debut album, 'Spacebound'.
Hudson's Crew was formed in 2011 by cousins, Hogan on guitar/vocal duties and Defino on drums. In early 2012, Baker (Defino’s uncle), was tapped as the band's bass player. That autumn, they recorded a very successful EP, 'Launched', with producer/engineer Jim Barbaro, which immediately caught the attention of producer/percussionist Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Orleans). Guitarist Matt McLaren joined the band in December 2016 to give the band a fuller sound and bring a new dymanic into live outings. He has easily fit into this role.
Their efforts are focused on working on a new album, continuing to perform live, writing new material, honing their musical skills and pushing to get their music heard. They continue to gain recognition as evidenced by continued radio airplay on WDST Radio Woodstock, magazine articles, on-air interviews with Hudson Valley radio stations and playing at venues such as The Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY), the Rosendale Street Festival, Harborfest, Clarkson University, the New York City Marathon, the legendary Bearsville Theater (Woodstock, NY). They’re also the only non-Vermont based band invited to play at the NoTown Festival in Stockbridge, VT summer 2017.