Duke Robillard is a Guitarist, Bandleader, Songwriter, Singer, Producer, Session musician, and a one-man cheering section for the blues. The Blues Music Association has named Robillard “Best Blues Guitarist” many times, and his album “Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard” just won the BMA award for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year!
BB King himself has called Duke “One of the great players,” and the New York Times says “Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality”. He’s still on the road, and still proving, night after night, that his true talent is bringing people out to hear the music, appreciate the show, and dance to the blues.
In 1967, he formed Roomful of Blues, and the band was tight enough and tough enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson on record and in live appearances. He has played with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, cut two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling collection of former members of Muddy Waters’ band), and replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds for a period of time. He has somehow found time to share studio gigs with Bob Dylan (the Daniel Lanois-produced Time Out of Mind sessions), Ruth Brown, the late Johnny Adams, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, and Ronnie Earl, among many others.
Duke Robillard is a man in command of a full range of creative talents — unique in the blues, and rare in the music industry as a whole. He is, in fact, a complete artist at the height of his power.