Inspired by blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Turner, Duke's guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967. Duke has recorded twenty acclaimed solo albums and toured the world both with his own band and also as Jimmie Vaughan's replacement in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In addition to his own recordings, Duke has played on and/or produced albums by Bob Dylan (1997's Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind), Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Kim Wilson, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, John Hammond, Jimmy Witherspoon, Snooky Pryor and many more. Called "one of the great players" by the legendary B.B. King, Duke is a 4 time winner for Best Guitarist at the Blues Music Awards and his live show is a masterful display of a wide variety of blues styles.
Rosebud Artists Nominated for 10 Blues Music Awards
Duke Robillard, Tommy Castro, Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster have been nominated for a total of 10 Blues Music Awards. The 31st Blues Music Awards will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 6, 2010. Rosebud artist nominations are as follows:
Duke Robillard and Tommy Castro both have four nominations each. Duke is nominated for Album of the Year for Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Band of the Year, Best Instrumentalist - Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Tommy is nominated for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Hard Believer and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Bettye LaVette and Ruthie Foster are both nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. In addition, Duke produced 10 of the 12 tracks and guests on one song on Album of the Year / Contemporary Blues Album of The Year nominee Between a Rock and the Blues by Joe Louis Walker.
Other Rosebud related nominations are, in the Instrumentalist - Horn category: longtime Tommy Castro Band saxophonist Keith Crossan and Deanna Bogart, who plays in the Rosebud booked Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro. Nominated in the Historical Album of the Year category are: Muddy Waters' Authorized Bootleg and Little Walter's The Complete Chess Masters, featuring hit compositions by Willie Dixon. Both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon were Rosebud artists until their passing. Nominated in the Acoustic Album of the Year category is: Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which features songs by Rosebud artists John Hammond and Bill Frisell.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
10 Grammy Nominations for Rosebud Artists!
December 2009, Rosebud News
We're thrilled to announce that Rosebud Artists received 10 Grammy nominations for this year's awards taking place on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles. Artists honored with nominations include Duke Robillard's Stomp! The Blues Tonight nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album. Please see the full entry >>
Rosebud has been fortunate in that generally our artists score between 4 and 6 Grammy nominations every year but 10 is definitely a new record and we are Thrilled, especially considering the fact that Rosebud artists only released 14 eligible CDs this past year. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Duke Robillard and Sunny Crownover’s Tales From The Tiki Lounge November 17, 2009
Duke Robillard and Sunny Crownover will release a new CD, Tales From The Tiki Lounge, on November 17, 2009. Conceived as a tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford, it is also a concept lounge music CD. It encompasses blues to standards, vintage tunes from movies to South American pop from the 40s and 50s, all recorded in the sprit of Les Paul, featuring Duke’s orchestral approach to his guitar tracks and the wonderfully warm vocals of Sunny Crownover. This release is Duke’s third collaboration with Sunny this year. Duke says of the new CD: “I want to transport people to an age when music had beautiful melodies and a genuine feel-good quality.” See Duke live on stage, including the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in January, please see Tour Dates >>
Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard CDs Selected As Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) By About.com:Blues
Bill Frisell, Duke Robillard and Marcia Ball NPR Features
Bill Frisell's new album, Disfarmer, out July 21 on Nonesuch Records, was chosen as an Exclusive First Listen on NPR's website. Recently named Guitarist of the Year for the second year in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, Bill's new CD showcases "evocative original themes and motifs here, surrounded by backgrounds sounding distant echoes of country, bluegrass and old-time mountain music" per NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon. The Disfarmer project began as a touring multimedia work, with Bill scoring a slideshow of images from photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959). Bill is joined on the CD by Greg Leisz (steel guitars, mandolin) Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Viktor Krauss (bass).
Duke Robillard's performance at the Mountain Stage radio show in Charleston, WV is scheduled to be broadcast beginning the weekend of July 24-26. It will also be archived in it's entirety. For a complete list of stations that carry Mountain Stage please click here. Duke, four-time Best Blues Guitarist winner at the Blues Music Awards, recently released Stomp! The Blues Tonight, which he describes as "Blues / classic-rhythm-and-blues, basically where I started in my Roomful of Blues days."
Marcia Ball will appear live on Mountain Stage on August 9, 2009 at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV. For detailed information, please click here. Also on the bill are Hill Country Revue, Cracker, Other Lives and Maia Sharp. Marcia, a four-time Grammy nominee, won her fourth Pinetop Perkins Best Piano Player Award in the past five years at the Blues Music Awards. Marcia was also recently nominated for Most Outstanding Musician, Keyboard in the upcoming Living Blues Awards, a category she has won the last two years.
Duke Robillard Featured On House of Blues Radio Hour, Ruthie Foster Featured On Mountain Stage, Carrie Rodriguez Repeats on Austin City Limits
Duke Robillard's new CD, Stomp! The Blues Tonight, will be featured on the House of Blues Radio Hour, beginning the weekend of July 18-19. The radio show currently has a limited number of autographed copies of the CD available for purchase. Duke describes the new disc as "Blues / classic-rhythm-and-blues, basically where I started in my Roomful of Blues days." Duke has recorded with and / or produced Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, John Hammond, Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry. The W.C. Handy Awards (recently renamed the Blues Music Awards) have named Duke "Best Blues Guitarist" four times and his production work was honored by The Blues Music Foundation in 2004 when he won the Keeping The Blues Alive Award for Best Producer.
Duke Robillard Featured In Blues Revue Magazine Cover Story
Duke Robillard, the four-time Blues Music Award winner for Best Blues Guitarist, is featured in the cover story of the June/July 2009 Blues Revue magazine. Duke is proclaimed as being "a master of many styles who moves forward while maintaining a firm ground in the past." This is borne out by Duke's illustrious history, having founded Roomful of Blues, replacing Jimmie Vaughan in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, leading his own bands with a mastery of blues, jazz, R&B, rock and rockabilly as well as production and/or studio work on records by Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Kim Wilson, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, John Hammond, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His production work was honored by The Blues Music Foundation in 2004 when he was named Best Producer. Duke unveils his upcoming project, Stomp! the Blues Tonight, in the Blues Revue cover story as "Blues-slash-classic-rhythm-and-blues, basically where I started in my Roomful of Blues days." He also highlights his latest project, the recently released CD, Introducing Sunny and Her Joy Boys. "I found swing-era jazz and blues to be brother and sister. Especially the Kansas City sound because bands played a lot of blues, only in a big-band style. This is Depression-era jazz, played all acoustic - two acoustic guitars, acoustic bass, clarinet, and saxophone - and Sunny singing." Catch Duke live on tour both with his own band and with Sunny and Her Joy Boys, please see tour dates>>
Introducing Sunny And Her Joy Boys, Featuring Duke Robillard, Out March 24
Sunny And Her Joy Boys debut CD, featuring Duke Robillard, will be released by Stony Plain Records March 24, 2009. Duke writes that the CD showcases, "some of my favorite 1930s tin pan alley and classic jazz tunes featuring the wonderful vocalist Sunny Crownover as well as Billy Novick, along with Paul Kolesnikow, Jesse Williams and myself. It was a joy to record and we are looking forward to doing many live appearances around New England and the country." The disc will be a featured CD of the Month on the internationally syndicated House Of Blues Radio Hour for the month of April. The Rosebud Agency will book the group exclusively while continuing to book Duke Robillard in his other band formats.
See Duke live on tour, please see tour dates>>
Duke Robillard Featured On New Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vol. 8 and Upcoming House of Blues Radio Hour
November 2008, Rosebud News
Duke Robillard is featured on three tracks of Tell Tale Signs Bob Dylan's new Bootleg Series Vol. 8. The three songs come from unreleased "Time Out of Mind" sessions: "Red River Shore," "Marchin' To The City" and "Mississippi."
Duke will be featured and interviewed on the nationally syndicated radio show, House of Blues Radio Hour, the weekend of November 22nd / 23rd. The show airs in the U.S. and Canada. To find a station in your area, visit thebluesmobile.com or stream the show directly from this website.