We Play The Blues, So You Don’t Have To!

Cliff Ashmon—Vocals & Harmonica

A Portland native, “Cordless” Cliff (A moniker given by the late great Paul DeLay), started his musical career in Classical, Jazz and Dixieland as a trumpet player.  In the late sixties, Cliff found his love in the harmonica and the blues.

While pursuing a degree in music at Mt. Hood Community College, The Cliff Ashmon Blues Band brought Cordless to center stage.  He has opened for such greats as Louie Armstrong, Doc Severensen, Jr. Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Tab Benoit, Roomful of Blues and many more.  Cliff has also performed with Mel Solomon and The Nightlighters (Muddy Award Winner, Best New Blues Act 1991), Sheila Wilcoxsons’ Backwater Blues (Muddy Award Winner, Best New Act 1996, W.C. Handy Award nominee, Female Vocalist), Chuck Adkins and The Easy Money Band, and of course

The Hudson Rocket Band.

Hudson and Cliff go way back!

Mickie Will—Vocals & Bass

Mickie has been paying his dues in many fields of music since age 6.  From singing in church and marching down Main Street in Disneyland (as a horn player) to backing Ben E. King (Stand By Me), and opening for such great acts as Uriah Heep and The Average White Band.

Mickie came to Portland a few years ago, and has been working the local Blues circuit with The Roseland Blues Band, Bent Edsel, The Benders and Jeff Barnes’ Bad Boys.

A number of years ago, Hudson and Mickie became fast and good friends, so it seemed natural that Mickie holds down the bottom end for  

       The Hudson Rocket Band.


And So It Is!

Vince Carlyle Hozier

Vince has left us, but will always be with us in spirit.  He will always be a member of Hudsons’ good friends.

We will miss you buddy.


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Patti Simmons






Gaddis Cavenah—Vocals & Guitar

Since his earliest memories are of his sister playing classical piano as well as his fathers blues and jazz albums, it is no wonder Gaddis started playing music as a child.  He has learned to play just about anything you put in his hands.  Gaddis started playing in small combos in grade school and never stopped.  By the time he was working in clubs in the 70’s, he had settled on electric guitar playing slide in a standard tuning.

Since his younger days, he has picked up the tenor saxophone as well as being able to front a band with strong vocals.  He studied voice and music theory at MHCC (Hal Malcomb was the one who told him to learn the horn which would improve his vocal chops!) & later studied under the legendary jazz guitar teacher Marv Lundblade.

More recently, he met Hudson at The Blues by the Sea festival, where he was a guest artist for The Hudson Rocket Band.  Instantly Hudson new it was a match and Gaddis joined the Rocket.

James Ruby—Drums

It was the early 70’s and the music of the day inspired James to sit behind the drums for the first time.  Through the high school orchestra, he quickly mastered the instrument and gained a music scholarship to Mt Hood Community College.  After graduation, James found work with Liquid Blues, The Jazz Pinhead Quartet and various jazz groups, as well as Boogie Country, The Trip and other Portland area bands.  During his tenure, James has subbed for Gary Hobbs and the great Mel Brown, a powerhouse in his own right.

At a remote west valley blues jam, James and Hudson crossed paths and brought the house down.  Knowing his boys were in need, Hudson sent James to fill the void in the Rocket’s crew where he brings new life to The Hudson Rocket Band.  We sure are glad to have him on board.