June 07, 2013
Here’s a quick quiz: 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 has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.
The Blues Music Awards (formerly 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 in 2008.
* Duke is touring with Bob Dylan in 2013!
Reviews for his album “Wobble Walk’n” are as follows…
“Music that confirms Robillard’s place among the great guitarists operating today.” –Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com
“Duke Robillard’s finest release in over a decade, and an absolute must for the collector!” –Brent Black, Critical Jazz
“One drop dead gorgeous after-hours guitar jazz outing that’s not to be missed.” –Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher of Midwest Record
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