With more than 25 albums and more than 40 years of experience, Duke Robillard has established himself worldwide as a diverse and innovative guitarist. Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy and Buddy Holly left an important impression on the young aspiring musician, inspiring him to pick up the guitar. At 17, Robillard, born in Burrillville, R.I., formed Roomful of Blues, a horn-heavy blues institution that has evolved and remains a touring entity today. He played a stint in The Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan), has performed and recorded with legends, and continues to release records of varying styles on his own.
Robillard's latest album, Stomp! The Blues Tonight, is a return to form of sorts, as it brings Robillard back to the '40s and '50s jump-style R&B and blues on which he based Roomful of Blues. In this performance for Mountain Stage, Robillard performs four songs, with Doug James on baritone and tenor saxophones, Bruce Bears on piano and organ, Mark Teixeira on drums and Brad Hallen on bass.