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Duke Robillard

Duke Robillard is one of the founding members of Roomful of Blues, as well as one of the guitarists who replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990. Between that time, Robillard pursued a solo career that found him exploring more musically adventurous territory than either Roomful of Blues or the T-Birds. On his solo recordings, the guitarist dips into blues, rockabilly, jazz, and rock & roll, creating a unique fusion of American roots musics. In 1967, Duke Robillard formed Roomful of Blues in Westerly, RI. For the next decade, he led the band through numerous lineup changes before he decided that he had grown tired of the group.

Robillard left the band in 1979, initially signing on as rockabilly singer Robert Gordon's lead guitarist. After his stint with Gordon, Robillard joined the Legendary Blues Band. In 1981, the guitarist formed a new group, the Duke Robillard Band, which soon evolved into Duke Robillard & the Pleasure Kings. After a few years of touring, Duke Robillard & the Pleasure Kings landed a contract with Rounder Records, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1984. For the rest of the decade, the band toured America and released a series of albums on Rounder Records. Occasionally, the guitarist would release a jazz-oriented solo album.

In 1990, Robillard joined the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Even though he had become a member of the Austin group, the guitarist continued to record and tour as a solo artist, signing with the major label Point Blank/Virgin in 1994 for Temptation. Duke's Blues followed two years later, and after one more album for Virgin, 1997's Dangerous Place, Robillard signed to Shanachie for 1999's New Blues for Modern Man. Conversations in Swing Guitar followed later that year, and the prolific guitarist returned in mid-2000 with Explorer.

Robillard switched to the Stony Plain label with 2002's Living with the Blues, and began a steady run of releases for the imprint, including a second pairing with jazz guitarist Herb Ellis for More Conversations in Swing Guitar (2003). Exalted Lover followed later that same year. Blue Mood, a tribute to T-Bone Walker, and New Guitar Summit (which teamed Robillard with guitarists J. Geils and Gerry Beaudoin) both appeared in 2004. Guitar Groove-A-Rama was released in 2006. Robillard continued to explore the jazz and jump blues path with 2008's A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard. He returned to his early R&B influences for 2009's Stomp! The Blues Tonight. His next album for Stony Plain, Passport to the Blues, saw him returning to the blues in all its gritty glory. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

This old dude sounds better than Jimmy Vaughan.
FOR,, A,, Old,, Timer,, Not,, To, Bad
Who Is The Vocalist? Sounds like Darrell newlish.
ha oh yeah
a good blues jam
Don't fret the open strings
lrowan59
sweet guitar and tight band, really good live,especia l l y in a small venue
Sundays at the Knick.. How lucky were we......Myst i c Stonington Westerly...W h a t or why was there so much talent in that small little area of the world,,,, we were truly blessed.
Had the pleasure of touring with Duke in 2000 across the US and Italy! Also was produced by Duke with the Paul Gabriel Blues Band & Petey Hop.
desiderato
Anybody else remember the Duke at the Knickerbocke r Cafe in Westerly RI on hot summer Sunday nights in the '70's?
Listening for the first time. Love it!
Saw Duke & The Pleasure Kings back in the early 80's @ The Last Call in Providence and have been hooked ever since,rememb e r the two Tommy's too...that was one Badass Trio
Duke, Geils,and Gerry; Keep it going guys, God BLESS!
kickbutt bring on more
jesse.druehl
Hell yea, is all I have to say.
the cold stares highly recommends, great tone and phrasing. highly under-rated.
www.thecolds t a r e s . c o m
Have Always Loved the Thunderbirds and Room Full o Blues!!!! Thanks pandora for letting me in on some blues secrets and the Man i never knew! Love it !!!Got me dancing putting a starter motor together.
throw back music......l u v it
Sunday night Roomful sessions at the Knickerbocke r Cafe are some of my best memories. Saw Duke many times with his band at the Bon Vue Inn while at URI.
Great times.
I have had the pleasure to attend several of his shows with multiple bands and he was always fantastic. I really enjoy his articulate guitar style and versatility. I look forward to his next adventure.

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