Venerable guitarist Duke Robillard took the stage at The Met on Sunday for a CD release concert of his latest work Ear Worms. An evening of incredible blues, jazz, and rock ensued.
Robillard, a founding member of Roomful of Blues, has also played with Robert Gordon, Herb Ellis, Gerry Beaudoin, J. Geils, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Bob Dylan. In addition, he’s enjoyed an extensive solo career, releasing dozens of albums to his credit.
The master of guitar was joined by his long-time band including Bruce Bears (keyboard), Brad Hallen (bass), and Mark Teixeira (drums). The ensemble was accompanied by guest appearances by Chris Cote, Sunny Crownover, Mark Cutler, Julie Grant, Dave Howard, and Klem Klimek.
An amazing array of vocalists, hailing from all over New England, performed tunes from Duke’s current CD, as well as superb renditions of rock classics from the likes of The Animals’ “It’s My Life,” The Beatles “The Word,” and Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul.”
The Duke and company didn’t miss a beat in entertaining his longtime fans, with a lively set that kept the crowd dancing. What’s Up Rhode Island was there to cover Robillard’s continuation of his storied legacy of skillful guitar mastery. See the slideshow below for photos.