Living With the Blues

Duke Robillard has been widely acknowledged as one of the great blues guitarists for years, though lately he's been keen on jazz.

Duke Robillard has been widely acknowledged as one of the great blues guitarists for years, though lately he's been keen on jazz. On Living With the Blues, however, Robillard is squarely situated in the blues once again. He's chosen to record several tunes that have been a part of his concert repertoire, in the process seizing the opportunity to pay his respects to the likes of B.B. King, Guitar Slim, and Little Milton. He pays homage to Tampa Red with a terrific acoustic cover of "Hard Road" and to Willie Dixon via his classic "I Live the Life I Love." Robillard's versatility is a matter of record, so it's not surprising to find him working country, jump, and Chicago styles. Also, check out his gritty vocal on the swampy original "Buy Me a Dog." As always, Robillard's guitar work is immaculate. Distributed in the U.S. by Navarre.—PVV