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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blues Historian Review: Li'L Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, Gotta Strange Feeling

Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes are a classic harmonica blues band out of Virginia.  Ronnie is a great harp player who plays in the best tradition of Chicago bluesmen. However, their song selection is varied, so it is not the shuffle, shuffle, slowblues, that you find from a lot of contemporary harp bands in the Chicago style.  The majority of the songs are original material, which is always a positive thing.  Yet, they do perform a quality jump blues Buzz Me by Louis Jordan that any self respecting Kansas City jump blue band would love to have in their catalog of songs. Furthermore, their Bring Your Love Home, is an original jump blues that screams Kansas City, Texas Jump, or LA Swing take your pick. 

The CD is currently available on their website HERE. According to the website it will be available on Amazon and Itunes.  However, I couldn't find the latest release online yet.

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