April 23, 2010
What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin’ Highliners all have in common?
Answer: Duke Robillard.
Guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician… and a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names above has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.
The Blues Music Awards (formerly the W. C. Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard “Best Blues Guitarist” four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004); making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and again this year of 2008.
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