George Ducas, a Grammy-nominated country artist/songwriter that links the real country of the 90s to present day hits, and his band performed at the historic Brooklyn Opera House on Friday, May 7.
Ducas performed a number of hits from his four albums, including his latest, “Yellow Rose Motel,” which he recorded over a two year period in Nashville and released in 2019. The album draws its name from the title track “Yellow Rose Motel,” a song Ducas says is “inspired by and is an ode to Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger,” an album largely credited with the rise of country music’s outlaw movement.
His 90-minute set include a number of songs he wrote for other artists like Garth Brooks (Beer Run), Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood and more, with one of his songs earning a Grammy nomination. He even played a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song.
“I’m excited to get back to Iowa after way too much time away,” said Ducas. “I have great memories of playing venues like the Iowa State Fair and am excited to not only play some memorable hits, but also to play some of my music from the current album “Yellow Rose Motel.”
The Friday May 7 show in Brooklyn was only the third for Ducas since returning to the stage following the pandemic. He performed at Wooly’s in Des Moines on Saturday night before heading back to Texas.