On June 23, M.C. Records will be releasing Six Strings of Steel by guitar master Duke Robillard. Six Strings of Steel is the second record Duke has recorded with M.C. Records. The first was 2017’s Jazz/Swing record Duke Robillard and His Dames of Rhythm.
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This phenomenal new outing is considered essential in understanding what is possible in the modern blues recording realm when true talent lends its formidable hands. – Curt’s Blues Blog
M.C. Records is back with a marvelous production, Duke Robillard at the top, an essential album from their discography. It’s Duke !!! – Blues 21
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Duke has carved out one of the Blues’ most illustrious legacies. After showing an early affinity for music and guitar, he founded Roomful Of Blues with pianist Al Copley in Westerly, R.I., in 1967. Duke has been making solo albums since 1984 and replaced Jimmie Vaughan in The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990. He recorded on Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” and later toured with him. He also has toured with Tom Waits and Robert Gordon. Duke’s prolificity has included producing albums by Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Louis Walker, Rosco Gordon, Jimmy Witherspoon and Jay McShann, and Otis Clay. Another highlight of Duke’s is recording two collaborations with Herb Ellis.
The record represents all his influences including swing, blues, and rock. You’ll hear Link Wray’s (just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) “Rumble”, Dylan’s “Watching The River Flow”, a ska version of Fats Domino’s “I’m Going To Be A Wheel Someday,” and of course several Duke knockout originals!
Duke Robillard about Six Strings of Steel:
I am really excited about the release of “Six Strings of Steel” on M.C. Records. It’s a look back at many guitar and song styles that have been important to me along my journey in this world of ever-changing tastes and sounds. At the same time, all the genres rooted in the blues still captivate my imagination on a daily basis.
Duke is joined by his long-time band mates Mark Teixeira, Bruce Bears, Marty Ballou, and Doug James that helped him create an infectious sound and groove here, and the most recent band member, vocalist Chris Cote belts out the tunes, no matter what the genre, with style and power. Special guest on the record is Katie Shore of Asleep at The Wheel on Fiddle.