Duke Robillard review…April 28, 2019….

THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND

EAR WORMS

STONY PLAIN RECORDS  SPCD 1403

DON’T BOTHER TRYING TO STEAL HER LOVE–ON THIS SIDE OF GOODBYE–LIVING WITH THE ANIMALS–CARELESS LOVE–EVERY DAY I HAVE TO CRY SOME–I AM A LONESOME HOBO–SWEET NOTHIN’S–SOLDIER OF LOVE–DEAR DAD–YES WE CAN–YELLOW MOON–RAWHIDE–YOU BELONG TO ME

Guitarist, singer, and composer Duke Robillard founded the seminal jump-blues band Roomful Of Blues back in 1967, and he’s followed his blues Muse ever since.  With over 20 albums under his own name,  he will release “Ear Worms” on May 17, 2019, for Holger Petersen’s Stony Plain imprint.  The title of this one refers to songs and sounds Duke heard as an adolescent that have come to be his favorites over his six-decade career.  His “usual suspects” backing band are here also, including Bruce Bears and Mark Teixeira, each of whom take a lead vocal during the proceedings.

Several other outstanding vocalists appear also, with perhaps the most unique one being British pop star from the Sixties, Julie Grant.  She had recorded one of Duke’s favorite versions of Arthur Alexander’s iconic “Every Day I Have To Cry Some,” and it is re-created herein with Sunny Crownover on second vocal.  Klem Klimek turns in another of our favorites, taking the vocal over Duke’s Berry-riffic licks on one of Chuck’s coolest “car songs,” “Dear Dad.”  The funk ramps up considerably over the wah-wah guitar that drives “Yes We Can,” with the vocal from keys man Bruce Bears.

The remainder of our favorites came from two of Duke’s fat-toned instrumentals which closed the set.  His tribute to Link Wray,  “Rawhide,” is pure, fun, rock ‘n’ roll, while Bruce’s Hammond organ meshes perfectly with Duke’s lead work on “You Belong To Me.”

With “Ear Worms,” The Duke Robillard Band shares with us fans some of the tunes that helped shape Duke as a world-renowned artist.   He’s a musical genius and a perennial award winner, and this set adds to his ever-growing legacy!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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