FAME Recommends: The Duke & The King

The Duke & The King follow the tremendous critical acclaim that greeted the release of their 2009 debut album ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ with the September20th release of the new single ‘Shaky’ on Loose Music / Silva Oak.
‘Shaky’ previews the band’s second album ‘Long Live The Duke & The King’ that follows on September 27th.

An uplifting moment of countrified soul resplendent with the band’s sweet four-part vocal harmonies, ‘Shaky’ will be released on 7″ and download formats.
As with the rest of ‘Long Live The Duke & The King’, ‘Shaky’ was self-produced in the band’s own studio/shack deep in their home woods of Bearsville, New York and was mastered by the renowned Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Band).

Long Live The Duke & The King’ captures the band’s essence, a ramshackle travelling circus in which different voices tell different stories.

Simone Felice and Bonnie ‘Bird’ Burke remain the central architects, but it’s a more collaborative project than its predecessor.

Nowell ‘The Deacon’ Haskins’ gospel-tinged lead vocal on ‘Hudson River’ recalls the greats of classic R&B, while ‘No Easy Way Out’ combines The Sensational Simi Stone’s vintage soulful tones with a pop-orientated country rock sound that matches Felice’s light-hearted description of the band’s new sound as “Fleetwood Black.”

Simone Felice returns to the UK in August for a full solo tour as well as festival appearances at GreenMan and Edinburgh.

The Duke & The King are set to return to these shores for their biggest gig to date at London’s Electric Ballroom on October 27th.
Full dates here:
August – Simone Felice solo dates
24th – Bristol, St. Bonaventure’s
25th – Nottingham, The Maze
26th – Newcastle, The Cluny
27th – Edinburgh, Festival
31st – Sheffield, The Rude Shipyard
September – Simon Felice solo dates
1st – Liverpool, Americana UK
2nd – London, The Luminaire
October – full band show
27th – London, Electric Ballroom