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Living With the Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop
Roomful of Blues founding guitarist Duke Robillard initially signed to Canadian label Stony Plain with the intention of playing more straightforward music, to stick to the blues, instead of the musical mélange that had lon... more »
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Roomful of Blues founding guitarist Duke Robillard initially signed to Canadian label Stony Plain with the intention of playing more straightforward music, to stick to the blues, instead of the musical mélange that had long been his specialty. But his 2002 outing for the label, Living with the Blues, shows that when Robillard immerses himself in a genre, he still can't help exploring that genre's stylistic variety. This album includes everything from the Freddie King tune "Use What You Got," performed with a taut intensity reminiscent of Muddy Waters, to a delta-inflected Tampa Red song, "Hard Road," to the funk-edged "Goodtime Charlie." Robillard has been highly praised in blues circles for many years, especially after embarking on his solo career in 1990. He performs all the above with the apparent ease that mastery allows. While Living with the Blues is often determinedly low-key, Robillard's enthusiasm and imagination shine through with a soft, consistent glow. --Genevieve Williams
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being familiar with Roomfull of Blues and the Thunderbirds, I decided it was time to hear what Duke's been up to as of late.
I had my a$$ kicked pleasantly, with this new offering.
Nothing trendy, nothing typical - Duke plays with flash, enthusiasm and a style all his own. The range of this compilation is terrific - from his originals to some lesser known blues standards, Duke funkifies, R&B-ifies and plain ol' blues-ifies this CD with his signature. Strongly suggest this one, regardless of your exposure to the blues."