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The American root music of Richmond VA's Lil' Ronnie And The Grand Dukes is equally influenced by 50's R&B, various styles of the blues, and rockabilly. Along the way they mix in some soul, swamp rock and even a touch of jazz. All of this is evidentin the grooves of "young & Evil", the latest album by veteran singer / songwriter / harpist Ronnie Owens. The seasoned and versatile Grand Dukes are joined on five tracks by one of the premier guitarists in the blues today, Anson Funderburgh. Anson's lean, fluid playing adds compelling star power to the proceedings. Ronnie once told me that he sometimes takes his music too seriously. Thankfully he did so on this record... a serious man that commands respect in the world of contemporary blues» (excerpt from the liner notes by Thomas J. Cullen)
Mix equal parts Ronnie Owens (harp, vocals) and Anson Funderburgh (guitar), add a dash of Old Chicago, smother it in West Coast Jump and you've got the recipe for "Young & Evil", one of the best blues records you're likely to hear. Buck naked is da bomb-a guaranteed smash hit!
lil ronnie and the grand dukes
Personnel:
Ronnie Owens - vocals, harmonica
Mike Dutton - guitar
Terry Hummer - tenor & baritone sax, horn arrangements
Bobby Olive - drums
Steve Riggs - upright & electric bass
Steve Utt - piano & hammond B3

Special guests:
Anson Funderburgh - guitar
Rick Olivarez - guitar