“A soloist of stunning force and originality”
- The New York Times
“Duke’s one of the great players.”
- B.B. King
DUKE ROBILLARD's career path was forged in 1967 when he founded the iconic Roomful of Blues, later holding down the guitar spot in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, then working with rockabilly maverick Robert Gordon and recording two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling group of former members of Muddy Waters’ bands).
In addition, Duke has logged countless gigs over the years as a producer, bandleader and guitar player with a plethora of giants of blues, roots and jazz music.
With nearly 30 albums to his credit under his own name, he is a two-time Grammy nominee and multi Blues Music Award winning guitarist that focuses on the music that has informed his over 50-year career as a performing artist, bandleader and producer of seminal American roots music.
Duke Robillard is the true link from those great artists of the past to the current and future of roots music. In recognition of his lifetime achievements, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in May of 2014.