Eli Young Band star Jon Jones had a New Year's Eve (31Dec12) to remember after his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child.

Hudson Lennon Jones was due on 23 December (12) but the tot arrived on the last day of the year.

The proud new parents tell People.com, "We are ecstatic about this beautiful baby boy that came into our world. Words cannot describe our excitement and joy."

A few hours after the birth, the bassist was allowed a rare night off to take his newborn son home, while his bandmates played a scheduled show in Oklahoma.

Jones says, "The rest of the band went onstage without me for the second time in our careers. They are truly great friends for letting Sarah and I share this wonderful experience together. We were home within four hours of the birth to celebrate New Year's Eve as a family - mostly holding Hudson in amazement.

"We are all still settling in to our new lives and are learning something new every minute. I could not be more proud of my wife and could not be a happier father."

Jones wed Sarah, his college sweetheart, in 2010.