Bass / Vocals

Hugh “Tuff” Blanton is a longtime resident of Charlotte, NC where he grew up and still lives. He started playing guitar at 8 yrs. old learning from his dad who had his own Country band and his mom who sang and played as well. At the age of 9 he played in the Battle of the Bands at the Park Center in Charlotte with the first band he ever played with, The Batrons, where they placed 2nd in the contest.

He started playing drums in his Dad’s country band (The Starlighters) at 17 and moved on to bass shortly there after and began playing full time straight out of high school. He played with groups around the Carolina’s such as Caesar, Foxfire, Cracker and other various bands and also played Jazz Charlotte one year with Jazz Guitarist David Caudle. He was a original member of The Entertainers and moved from there to play with The Breeze, Spare Change and then toured all over the country with Unknown Hinson. After coming off tour with Unknown Hinson Hugh played 4 ½ years with The Embers and left to become a member of Jim Quick and Coastline.

Hugh has also played on many albums, with various bands and projects, from all over the southeast.  He is currently active, doing session work with many different artists and bands; ranging from Country to Beach to Gospel.