Sonny Black & The Dukes:
"Sonny Black & The Dukes play an irresistible blend of slow blues and shuffles through to rockin R&B. Led by guitar maestro Sonny Black, with the talents of Daniel Smith on keyboards and a rhythm section that's as tight as a drum. A Must!"|
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Sonny Black: guitar
George Pearson: bass
Damon Sawyer: drums
|Vanja & I caught this band at The Station Tavern on Oct. 3 '99. It was the lineup with Daniel Smith - who really showed his prowess as boogie woogie meister. Alan Glen was missing - not unusual I understand due to a tight calendar. A fine evening though, Sonny Black displaying why he is so highly regarded. A seventies Fender Strat, natural finish maple body and neck, plus a blackface Fender Super Reverb amp. No effects whatsoever. Vocals were duly taken by George, Daniel and Sonny himself in a workmanlike fashion, but a stronger vocalist would really put this band into the top league. Instrumentally they're there already. Suffice it to say that the evening offered the best version of blues chestnut "The Thrill Is Gone" I've ever heard from a stage. Jazz & blues in a perfect fusion - without being fusion!|