Duke Robillard

Genre blues, blues rock, guitar, jazz, jazz-blues

Michael John "Duke" Robillard (born October 4, 1948 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is an American blues musician.

After playing in various bands and working for Guild guitars, he co-founded Roomful of Blues with pianist Al Copley in 1967. He has also been a member of the The Fabulous Thunderbirds which included Kim Wilson, replacing Jimmie Vaughan. Also experienced in Jazz, Swing, Rock and Roll and modern electric blues forms, Robillard is generally regarded as a guitar player keeping the blues style of T-Bone Walker.

He has recorded with leading artists such as Jimmy Witherspoon, Snooky Prior, Jay McShann, Hal Singer, Pinetop Perkins and Bob Dylan. In the summer of 2006, Robillard accompanied Tom Waits on a ten date tour of the Southern USA. Waits had not visited many of these cites in almost 30 years, and tickets for the Louisville, KY show (which Waits had not played since 1978) sold out in less than 10 minutes.


He has been nominated for and has received numerous awards over his career. Awards include:

* 2007 Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
* 2001 "Best Blues Guitarist" W.C. Handy Award
* 2000 "Best Blues Guitarist" W.C. Handy Award

Robillard has also been nominated for:

* 2007 "Best Contemporary Blues Album" Grammy Award


* "Let Me Love You"/"Sleepin' on it" (1981) (Wham Single)
* Duke Robillard & The Pleasure Kings (1984) (Rounder)
* Too Hot to Handle (1985) (Rounder)
* Swing (1987) (Rounder)
* You Got Me (1988) (Rounder)
* Soul Searchin' Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters 1988 Blacktop
* Soul Deep Miki Honeycutt 1989 Rounder
* Rockin' Blues (1988) (Rounder)
* Royal Blue Al Copley & Hal Singer 1990 Modern Blues
* Heavy Juice Greg Piccolo 1990 Blacktop
* Turn it Around (1991) (Rounder)
* Too Cool to Move - with Snooky Pryor 1991 Antones
* Poison Kisses - with Jerry Portnoy 1991 Modern Blues
* Texas Bluesman - with Zuzu Bolin 1991 Antones
* After Hours Swing Session (1992) (Rounder)
* Temptation (1992) (Pointblank)
* Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - with Pinetop Perkins 1992 Antones
* Good Understanding - with Al Copley and the Fabulous Thunderbirds (1993) Suffering Egos Records
* Toolin' Around - with Arlen Roth 1993 Blue Plate
* Minor Swing Gerry Beaudoin and David Grisman 1994 North Star
* Spoon's Blues Jimmy Witherspoon 1995 Stony Plain
* Get Down with the Blues Tony Z 1995 Tone Cool
* Married to the Blues - with Mark Hummel 1995 Flying Fish
* Found True Love - with John Hammond 1996 Pointblank
* Hootie's Jumpin' Blues - with Jay McShann 1997 Stony Plain
* Time out of Mind - with Bob Dylan 1997 Columbia
* Duke Robillard Plays Jazz (1997) (Rounder)
* Duke Robillard Plays Blues (1997) (Rounder)
* New Blues for Modern Man (1998) (Stretchin' Out)
* Jimmy Witherspoon with The Duke Robillard Band Jimmy Witherspoon 1999 Stony Plain
* Living with the Blues (2000) (Stony Plain)
* Still Jumpin' The Blues Jay McShann 2000 Stony Plain
* Blow Mr.

Low - with Doug James 2001 Stony Plain
* More Conversations in Swing Guitar (2002) (Stony Plain)
* Exalted Lover (2003) (Stony Plain)
* Blue Mood (2003) (Stony Plain)
* The Duke Meets The Earl (2004) (Stony Plain)
* Guitar Groove-A-Rama (2006) (Stony Plain)
* Duke's Box (2009) (Dixie Frog)

Top Titres

Too Hot To Handle 1

Too Hot To Handle

Don't Fool With My Love 2

Don't Fool With My Love

Fishnet 3


What's Your Story, Morning Glory 4

What's Your Story, Morning Glory

You're The One I Adore 5

You're The One I Adore

Don't Get Me Shook Up 6

Don't Get Me Shook Up

Don't Come Back 7

Don't Come Back

Judgement Day 8

Judgement Day

Sweet Georgia Brown 9

Sweet Georgia Brown

Pony Blues 10

Pony Blues

Top Albums

New Blues for Modern Man
New Blues for Modern Man
Rockin' Blues
Rockin' Blues
You Got Me
You Got Me