George Ducas Shines Anew with 'Hello Fool' After 'Lipstick Promises'

George Ducas opens up about his latest musical journey

by Zain ul Abedin
George Ducas Shines Anew with 'Hello Fool' After 'Lipstick Promises'
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At 57, George Ducas is gearing up for a significant comeback with his highly anticipated album "Long Way from Home," slated for release on June 21. Reflecting on the serendipitous beginnings of this project, Ducas recalls a pivotal phone call from Pete Anderson, his "favorite guitar player of all time," that set the stage for their collaboration.

This conversation in 2020, which Ducas vividly remembers as happening on a "Friday at five," quickly evolved from a casual chat into a career-defining moment. The bond formed during this time was not just professional but deeply personal.

Amid the global chaos of the pandemic, Ducas and Anderson bridged their talents via Zoom, with Ducas nestled in his Nashville home and Anderson in Los Angeles. Together, they meticulously crafted the album's tracks, a process that Ducas cherishes, especially during such turbulent times.

Beyond their musical synergy, Anderson became an unexpected pillar of support for Ducas, particularly as his father battled stage four lung cancer. During this challenging period, Ducas describes Anderson as a father figure and a steadfast friend.

Reflecting with George Ducas

Ducas's journey through the music industry is storied, marked by a career that includes penning hits for icons like George Jones and Garth Brooks. Despite the nostalgic undertones, he humorously steers clear of dwelling on the past, specifically the 30-year mark since his chart-topping hit "Lipstick Promises." Instead, he prefers to focus on the present and the unique circumstances that brought him and Anderson together later in life.

The upcoming album promises a blend of emotions, epitomized by the lead single "Hello Fool." This track contrasts its upbeat rhythm with sad lyrics, showcasing Ducas's signature blend of country twang and soulful blues. Another standout, "Do What the Lonely Do," co-written with Jacob Lyda and Anderson, highlights Anderson's distinctive production style that deviates from the Nashville norm.

Ducas praises Anderson's meticulous approach to music production, which eschews conventional time constraints for a more thoughtful and iterative process. Ducas looks forward to sharing this deeply personal project as "Long Way from Home" nears its release.

It's a testament to his resilience and artistic evolution, underscored by a collaboration that has immeasurably enriched his life on and off the stage.