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Duke Robillard on stage at FA Performing Arts Center

Founder of Roomful of Blues to perform April 30

Duke Robillard, founder of Room Full of Blues, will perform at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
April 15, 2010
The founder of Roomful of Blues and an iconic figure to guitarists around the world, Robillard's encyclopedic command of American roots music has made him indispensable to musicians as diverse as '30s Kansas City jazz great Jay McShann to modern artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Called "one of the greats" by BB King, Duke has won numerous Blues Music Awards as "Best Blues Guitarist." His new CD, Stomp, debuted on the Billboard Blues chart at No. 7 and has been critically acclaimed.

Inspired by blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Turner, Robillard's guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967. Since 1980, Robillard has recorded 20 acclaimed solo albums and toured the world both with his own band and also as Jimmie Vaughan's replacement in The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Most recently, Robillard played guitar and toured with music legend Tom Waits. In addition to his own recordings, Robillard has played on and/or produced albums by Bob Dylan (1997's Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind), Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Kim Wilson, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, John Hammond, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon, Billy Boy Arnold, Snooky Pryor and many more.

The Blues Music Awards have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years in a row, making him the second most honored guitarist for that award. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students; group rates available to groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.fryeburgacademy.org or by contacting the box office at 207-935-9232.

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