The ever-prolific Duke Robillard - the go-to producer for swing and jump blues artists seeking a professional sheen - puts his stamp firmly on Paul Gabriel's solo debut, What's The Chance. And that, as usual, is a very good thing indeed. Gabriel, an old friend of Robillard's (the two met in the early 70's), often treads the same territory as Duke at his swinging best, and with Duke's own band and first-call friends adding additional support to an already supple combo, the sound is frequently familiar. Much of the fare - Gabriel who wrote all but two of the tracks
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Gabriel calls on old friend Duke Robillard for a romp through (mostly) familiar territory
Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues won't be in stores for another two weeks but it's already making a huge splash at radio where it checks in at #3 this, trailing fellow Hall of Famer James Cotton and Guy Davis. Soul veteran Mavis Staples is also in the Top 5 this week on the strength of her newly released One True Vine. Guitar greats Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard continue to get considerable airplay for their respective releases Just For Today and Independently Blue. Jack White's Third Man Records issued the Pokey LaFarge album that's also getting major airtime at radio
Top 10 Albums at Blues Radio for week of May 31
Roots-rockers JJ Grey & Mofro hit the #1 at blues radio this week, knocking a fellow Alligator Records artist from the top perch. This River is the sixth release from Grey and his band and has been a hit at radio since its release and can now add this to its list of accolades and accomplishments. Last week's #1 was Hall of Famer James Cotton's latest record, a star-studded affair pairing the legendary harp master with some of the biggest names in music: Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', and Delbert McClinton among them. Ronnie Earl's live album
Blues Hall Of Famer James Cotton has the #1 album at blues radio this week with his latest Alligator Records album Cotton Mouth Man. The famed harp master has played as a sideman with Muddy Waters and innerable other blues titans as well as a brilliant career as a bandleader. Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo' are just a few of the guests who join Cotton on his latest record and fans are snapping it up. Also on the chart this week are the recent releases from Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Tinsley Ellis, and Big Bill Morganfield, the latter
Instrumental effort for guitarist Tinsley Ellis takes #1 this week...
Tinsley Ellis vaulted all the way to #1 this week at blues radio with his latest album Get It, an instrumental effort from the respected veteran guitarist. We like Tinsley quite a lot and we're especially pleased to see this effort at #1 as BlindedBySound contributor Joanie has photos that appear in the liner notes of this fine record. Ellis is followed by Blind Pig artist Sena Erhardt's All In and Alligator Records' JJ Grey & Mofro with their latest album This River. Big Bill Morganfield, one of two sons of Muddy Waters who have chosen the impossible task of
Robillard in fine form on final recording before joining Bob Dylan's Neverending Tour...
Duke Robillard is among the most accomplished and prolific of bluesmen on the circuit today. He has released an album a year for the past four years going back to 2009 with Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Passport To The Blues (2010), Low Down & Tore Up (2011), a jazz trio record called Wobble Walkin last year, and this year's Independently Blue. That much output could be a problem for lesser talents but Duke Robillard is no lesser talent. I wasn't crazy about some aspects of Stomp and have yet to hear Wobble but can vouch for the excellence of Passport
New Music Tuesday releases for April 9, 2013.
It's a big week this week because we have new music from Ronnie Earl, quite possibly the greatest living guitarist. It's a live album called Just For Today. Both John Taylor and I have reviewed it (John|Josh) and we both love it. This follows Earl's studio album Spread The Love, which might be the best album of his storied career and that, kids, is saying something. Not only do we have a new album from Mr. Earl, but we also have a new set from his friend Duke Robillard. Robillard is no slouch on the guitar, either as you'll hear
Robillard's latest is a bit of a mixed bag
The ever-prolific Duke Robillard typically veers from themed collections - whether collaborations, tributes, or periodic 'back to the blues' outings - to more eclectic outings that find him exploring his various musical interests and influences. Independently Blue, Robillard's 30th recording as leader (he has far too many sideman and producer credits to count), falls somewhere in the middle. Everything's rooted in blues, but Duke and friends - this time including guitarist Monster Mike Welch in addition to Robillard's regular band - are doggedly determined to find the freshness in it all rather than simply reheat things yet again. Robillard's taste
Robillard's latest album comes out April 9; rumors of possible gig with Dylan circulate...
Blues guitar maestro Duke Robillard's latest solo album Indpendently Blue has been tapped for an April 9 release through his longtime label Stony Plain Records. Independently Blue follows up the co-founder of the venerable Roomful Of Blues band's 2011 release Low Down & Tore Up, a collection of some of his favorite blues covers. Robillard is joined on this latest record by several longtime collaborators including Bruce Bears *piano/Hammond organ), Brad Hallen (bass) and Mark Teixeira (drums) and also has Doug Woolverton on trumpet and Bill Novick on clarinet. He also gets cameos from trumpeter Al Basile and guitarist "Monster"
Top 15 albums at blues radio for Week of Oct. 21, 2011...
Duke Robillard is our third #1 in the past three weeks as his Low Down & Tore Up takes the top spot at radio this week. It's exciting to see the shakeup of late after watching Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues and Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator camp out on top for weeks at a time. They're both great albums but change can be a good thing and Duke's record is a very, very good thing! Our previous two #1s Maria Muldaur's Steady Love and Ray Bonneville's Bad Man's Bloodcheck in second and third with George Thorogood and Hugh Laurie rounding out the Top 5. We got shakeup in terms of
Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of October 14, 2011
We have a new #1 at Blues Radio this week! Ray Bonneville's two-week run at the top of the blues radio chart came to an end this week as Maria Muldaur's Steady Love vaults four spots to claim the #1 position. Bonneville slips one spot to #2, followed by Duke Robillard, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and Warren Haynes' Man in Motion. There's another Allman Brothers Band guitarist in the Top 10 as former #1 Revelator from Tedeschi Trucks Band checks in at #6, followed by Moreland & Arbuckle, Ana Popovic, Hugh Laurie, and Carolyn Wonderland's Peace Meal. Of those Top 10 albums, I'm particularly partial
Here are the Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of October 07, 2011
The story this week should be Ray Bonneville holding the top slot at blues radio for a second straight week and we will give Ray his due as Bad Man's Blood is an excellent album, but first we begin with a record that has taken the BlindedBySound family by storm: Gary Clark Jr's Bright Lights EP. To those of you hearing of Gary or his music for the first time, first of all, welcome. We cannot adequately express our love for Bright Lights but that hasn't stopped us from trying. We've posted numerous live clips and testimonials to just how
The Duke doing what he does best
It’s tempting to say that, following a somewhat less-than-stellar outing featuring his own compositions, Duke Robillard has returned to doing what he does best – covering blues classics with swinging, swaggering aplomb. But then, truth be told, Robillard’s pretty darn good at just about any musical undertaking … Robillard first made his name as a co-founder of perennial favorites Roomful Of Blues, an outfit that’s still going strong. He’s since dabbled in rock (for a while he was the guitarist for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and led his own Pleasure Kings through a few recordings) and jazz. Producer extraordinaire, he’s also
Top 15 Albums At Blues Radio For Week Of Sept. 30, 2011
Ray Bonneville's Bad Man's Blood vaults eight spots to unseat Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator from the #1 slot at blues radio according to Roots Music Report. It's a shocking but welcome development not because I don't love TTB but because it gives me enormous pleasure to think such a thoughtful, lyric-intensive album still captivates listeners. It's not a prototypical blues album at all but some radio programmers were willing to give the veteran storyteller a chance to connect with listeners. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. I still can't believe it hit #1. Bono was right: you miss too much these
Robillard makes this more than just another back-to-basics collection of standards...
The back-to-basics album is usually something that happens after an artist is convinced they've lost the plot or has suffered some sort of commercial flop. These often turn into self-conscious self-parodies (or worse) but there are exceptions. It doesn't really matter but in a way Low Down And Tore Up should have come before last year's Passport To The Blues (and if you haven't heard that record, there's a good chance nobody will ever love you). Passport featured mainly Robillard originals and chronology be damned it's the kind of album you might have expected after Duke reached back to his
Pearl Jam, Amos, Superheavy, Robillard, Lovato, Degraw, Sean Chambers Releases New CDs Sept. 20, 2011
New Music Tuesday CD Releases for Sept. 20, 2011
Listen, my children, and you shall hear of a long list of new releases you will need to own and some you'll need to avoid. Let's roll with the cool: Pearl Jam Twenty Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's film about the iconic Seattle band, filled with live rarities, demos, and other odds and sods. Some of this has been bootlegged by the band themselves and otherwise but hardcore PJ fans will need this. Duke Robillard has a new record out today called Low Down And Tore Up and it's a fantastic collection of gritty blues
Old school collection of blues standards due Sept. 20
Blues legend Duke Robillard has announced the full tracklisting for Low Down And Tore Up, his new album from Stony Plain Records due September 20. Low Down And Tore Up is an old school blues record featuring covers of, as the title suggests, some low down blues standards from the likes of Guitar Slim, Eddie Taylor, Pee Wee Crayton, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James. Robillard said he first heard and learned some of these songs when he was as young as age 17 and he still feels their impact all these years later. The songs were cut live to
Robillard has released a video for "What's Wrong"
We once again use our BBS Music Television series not to look back in time at songs we once adored but instead to wet our appetite for music waiting to accept our love. Yesterday we started a stampede of excitement for the new Noel Gallagher record; today, it's Duke Robillard's turn. Low Down And Tore Up will be released September 20 through Stony Plain Records and features 14 songs. We have a full tracklisting (courtesy of Billboard) and the artwork for the album courtesy of Stony Plain. We also have a promo video! Low Down follows up Passport To The
Wayne presides over a stylish record with good tunes that have strong hooks and some seriously great playing from a group of veteran performers he has clearly clicked with...
I can't help but think of Pinetop Perkins when I listen to Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, not because of their shared instrument of choice – piano – or because Wayne's style reminds me of the way Perkins played but because of both played and toured extensively before getting much in the way of recording opportunities. Like many before him, Wayne takes advantage of Stony Plain Records' not-so-secret weapon on An Old Rock On A Roll. Duke Robillard has recorded most of his most memorable albums for the Canadian label and he's also acted as a talent scout and producer.
35 Years Of Stony Plain is more than a compilation of music that has been distributed by the Canadian blues/roots independent label. It goes beyond merely chronicling the artists who have crossed their path to make a record here and there. It tells a story and presents the music in a context for listeners who may not have ever paid attention to the name of the label on the spine of a CD. It illustrates all that is magic about maverick artists making music on their terms and an independent label willing to not only allow it but in some