"the real deal...superb talents well versed in traditional blues"
Following on the footsteps of their critically acclaimed CD,
'Young & Evil' Ronnie and the band have really hit their stride
with their third release, 'do what 'cha do'. The new disc
features 11 original songs written or co-written by Ronnie and
band mate Michael Dutton. 'do what 'cha do' is produced by
their old friend and blues master Anson Funderburgh.
It's their best work to date and having Anson in the producer's
chair was a wise decision. Anson brought with him a wealth of
experience and an understanding of what the band is all about.
He certainly helped capture the band as close to 'live' as possible
and that's the only way to fully appreciate this talented band of
blues veterans. The band goes from primitive 1 chord blues romps,
Chicago harmonica blues to West Coast jump blues and all parts
in-between. They are led by veteran singer / songwriter and
Hohner Harmonica endorsee Ronnie Keith Owens.
Ronnie has been performing since the early 60's and has been
fronting his own bands for over 25 years. He has shared the stage
& played with some of the biggest names in blues, John Lee Hooker,
James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Carey Bell, Anson Funderburgh / Sam Meyers,
Big Bill Morganfield and Many more. Sharing the band leading duties
& adding his incendiary guitar work is Michael "Peewee" Dutton.
Hailing from the D.C. area, "Peewee" has been with Ronnie for over
6 years and has worked with some of the Mid-Atlantics best artists including
the renowned Catfish Hodge & harp master Doug Jay. Laying down the
bottom is bass man 'Texas'Tommy Hannigan. Tommy has played bass
with some of the finest bands in both the Dallas & Austin areas. Tommy
now lives in the D.C. area. Richmond, VA native and keyboard wiz,
Steve Utt, is an in-demand player in the Mid-Atlantic area and has also been
with the band for over 6 years. Rounding out the band is former Modern
Drummer Magazine award winner, George Sheppard. George has worked-
recorded with everyone from jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie to the rock group
The Talking Heads. The Grand Dukes are world class by any standards.
"...you have raised the bar with this production. The sound is excellent,
the music sounds traditional, yet modern, and the performances are superb.
Great new set of originals!" -Detlev Hoegen - CrossCut Records / Germany
" 'do what'cha do' is excellent...everyone did a great job! It's great music and I'll
be playing it on my radio shows!" -Holger Petersen - CBC Radio 1
Check out the artist's website:
1. Long Distance Lover
2. Wine Headed Woman
3. Just Like A Woman
4. Take A Chance
5. Life Changes
6. Love Trance
7. Walk The Talk
8. Just A Fool
9. She Wild
10. Sugar babe
11. Still Sweatin'