Grammy-Nominated Blues Guitarist Duke Robillard at B.B. King's
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Vocalist Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters and Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers head up this high-energy salute to the best R&B music of the classic soul era. Get ready to groove to hits from greats like "The Godfather" and "Queen" of Soul -- James Brown and Aretha Franklin -- not to mention Motown and Stax artists galore. From Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 and Sam & Dave, you'll hear these hot tunes performed live on stage. McNeil performed for close to 30 years with doo-wop group The Drifters, who were known for classics like "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "A soloist of stunning force and originality" --The New York Times
- "Duke's one of the great players." --B.B. King
- Check out Duke Robillard's official web site.
What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and The Rockin' Highliners all have in common? The answer: Duke Robillard. Guitarist, leader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician, and a one-man cheering section for the blues in all its forms and permutations, Robillard is a true legend in the blues community. A Grammy nominee and four-time recipient of the Best Blues Guitarist award from the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards), he has won accolades from critics and fellow musicians alike. B.B. King himself called him "one of the great players," and The Houston Post labeled him "one of God's guitarists."
None of this praise goes to Robillard's head, however. He's still on the road, playing as many as 250 dates a year, and he's 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. Although he's perhaps best known for founding Roomful of Blues with Al Copley in the late '60s, he has also played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, shared studio time with Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, Ronnie Earl, and others, and led his own prolific solo career with his band. A musician in command of a full range of talents, he is a complete artist who, over 40 years into his career, is at the height of his creative powers. His latest recording, Low Down and Tore Up, came out in 2011.