Stomp The Blues

 

Duke Robillard is the most versatile, complete roots guitarist in America.That’s a bold statement, and the humble Rhode Islander who began his career as the teenaged leader of Roomful of Blues in 1967 would never say that himself. But his catalog of more than 30 albums ranging from swinging jazz to crunching rock to Texas guitar boogie and then some, plus hismembership in the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and his work as a producer or sideman with Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown and a host of others speaks loud as an amp up on 10.

 

 

 

Duke’s new STOMP! The Blues Tonight is a return to the guitar-and-horn-driven jump blues sound that inspired him to start Roomful of Blues. It’s also a swinging, elegant essay in exactly what to do with a 1949 Epiphone Zephyr Regent, a new Epiphone Broadway, a 1950 ES-350 and a clutch of other guitars. The disc showcases the way Duke has distilled a broad grasp of classic styles into his own fusionist approach, full of keening bends, emotive chordal bombs and melodies that move like a shake dancer. His sharply chiseled playing is instantly recognizable.”