Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cuff The Duke

Every now and then I find a band from Canada (they have musicians there too!) that I enjoy, thought I'd share this one....Cuff The Duke

Having spent several years carving their teeth on the road with the likes of The Sadies, Sloan, Hayden, The Weakerthans, Calexico and Nick Cave, Toronto's Cuff the Duke are poised to make the jump from indie-scene-darlings to bona-fide Canadian music icons. Their new album, Way Down Here was co-produced by Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor at his beautiful barn studio in rural Ontario and features the band's most mature, captivating and impressive collection of songs to date.

Cuff the Duke started out in Oshawa before making the move to Toronto in 2002. Their debut album, Life Stories for Minimum Wage was released on Three Gut Records, at the time one of the most exciting indie-labels in Canada. Their second and third albums, Cuff the Duke and Sidelines and the City respectively, were both released on Hardwood Records alongside label mates Basia Bulat and Hayden.

Last year the band won accolades backing Hayden on his Canadian and North American tours.

Having played in venues ranging from Canada’s small clubs to many of the country's largest arenas and concert auditoriums, Cuff the Duke have earned their road stripes -- and now with the release of Way Down Here, they are sure to earn a place in the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Watch for it in stores and online in Canada in September, and in the USA in January via The Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Piano and Lead Vocals

Electric and Stand Up Bass, Piano, Organ and Vocals

Electric, Acoustic and Baritone Guitar, Pedal Steel and Vocals

Drums, Percussion and Vocals

Life Stories for Minimum Wage
CD - 2002

Cuff the Duke
CD - 2005 - Hardwood

Sidelines In the City
CD/VINYL - 2007 - Hardwood

CDN - Noble Recording Co./Universal (Sept. 8, 2009)
USA - Ernest Jenning Record Co. (January 2010)

Recorded in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the winter of 2009, Way Down Here was produced by Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and Cuff The Duke.
In stores and online Sept. 8th in Canada and January 2010 in the USA.

Cuff The Duke 'The Ballad of Poor John Henry'

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