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. Since 1980, Duke has recorded over a dozen 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's upbeat live performance, accented by a swinging horn section, is a tasteful display of a wide variety of blues styles.
all the guitarists slinging blues licks these days, Duke Robillard is
perhaps the most comfortable at stepping over the line into the world
of jazz. In his hands the basic 12-bar format yields to advanced chord
substitutions without a hint of conflict. Robillard is considered one
of the world's pre-eminent practitioners of jump-blues and swing guitar
playing, and an expert in the style of T-Bone Walker (not to mention Freddie
King), so his fluency outside the I-IV-V box is perfectly understandable.