Duke Robillard’s passport has been renewed once again, stamped, and now re-validated, now listing his profession as “songwriter” in addition to his previous occupations as guitarist, singer and producer.
Passport to the Blues, his new Stony Plain release (SPCD-1349) will be released August 17. All but one of the dozen songs are written by Robillard – the single exception, “Make It Rain,” was written by Tom Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. It’s his first album of original self-penned songs since 2003’s Exalted Lover.
Following the success of Grammy-nominated Stomp! The Blues Tonight Robillard has delivered a tough collection of songs that’s a strong return to Duke’s grittiest roots – dirty, house-rockin’, shack-shakin’, finger-bustin’, down-in-the-bottom git-tar blues.
This time, the spotlight’s shifted a little bit toward the songs themselves, and Robillard offers songs like “Text Me”, “The High Cost of Lovin” and “Fatal Heart Attack.” The opening song, “Workin’ Hard for my Uncle,” parallels The Beatles’ “Taxman” – Duke’s uncle, of course, is Sam, and he wants most of the songwriter’s income.
“I was looking for a way to reflect more mature subject matter, and I somehow fell upon some ideas that seem to represent the interests of people of my own age. Some are humorous, some are dark and some are happy but they all truly come from my real life.”
Robillard’s regular compatriots support both the guitarist and the spirit of the songs: Doug James on tenor and baritone saxes, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums.
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