The Duke & The King are hogging the latest issue of Rolling Stone Germany, with not only a glowing four star review for debut album "Nothing Can Stay Gold" but also top spot in the Critics charts. Rolling StoneRolling Stone
We posted news back in July about a forthcoming Mark Mulcahy tribute album, and we are delighted to bring you full details and a very special preview of that record. Ciao My Shinning StarSeptember 14th sees the release of Ciao My Shining Star by Various Artists. The album is a tribute to former Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy’s wife Melissa, who died suddenly last September, and features a collection of some of today’s greatest recording artists performing versions of Mulcahy’s songs. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Mark to help him continue his career while also raising his 3-year-old twin daughters.
ACROSS THE BORDERS: A two day celebration of americana and alt. folk in South Wales, 5th and 6th September 2009 Richmond Fontaine, Vetiver, Willard Grant Conspiracy and Magnolia Electric Co. are just some of the big names coming to South Wales next week for Across The Borders, a two day event celebrating the best in contemporary americana and alt. folk.
''What's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong and the wages is just the same.'' Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter. 16. It was inevitable that Jim and Huckleberry Finn would meet at least one or two charlatans. But two together? The two grafters, drifters from all around, were known simply as The Duke and The King. One was youngish, around thirty, the other much older around seventy. The Duke, of Bridgewater, proclaimed himself his father's rightful successor and The King claimed - why wouldn’t you know it - himself the rightful King of France. Aboard the make-shift raft Jim and Finn assembled, one pair leads the other into trouble, scheming their way down the Mississippi. But no one's scheming here.
logo The Duke & the King draw their nom de plume from two characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and they derive much of the downbeat tone of their debut, Nothing Gold Can Stay, from Simone Felice's recent, not-entirely-amicable departure from the Felice Brothers.
Before launching into “Union Street” at The Basement Monday night, Simone Felice of the Duke and the King said the song recalled a time when Genesis and Cyndi Lauper ruled his headphones. The tune, which is off the band’s new album Nothing Gold Can Stay, revisits the singer’s first romance with rock ‘n’ roll –and everything that goes with it. On the streets of Brooklyn, the young Felice craves MTV, pops pills and perhaps gets fresh with a friend’s drug-addicted mom. Ah, sweet bird of youth.
We wanted to bring you something a little bit special today, especially for those German speakers amongst you.
"Neil Young meets Marvin Gaye on the kind of record that cults are made of..."
Erstwhile Felice Brothers Drummer/Vocalist Simon Felice, along with new cohort Robert ‘Chicken’ Burke have mined a rich vein of American storytelling for their debut album. (Their Moniker comes from some troublemaking Mark Twain characters).
The Duke & The King had their record release show at NYC's Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night for their new album "Nothing Gold Can Stay". The band is centered around the duo of Robert "Chicken" Burke and Simone Felice (of the Felice Brothers) and was filled out with simple instrumentation of violin, bass and a sometimes drummer/singer in a Wu-Tang T-Shirt (The Deacon). Simone and the Chicken traded off leading songs on guitar, harmonizing and playing the drums at an informal pace, feeling out which song would be played next in an intuitive, democratic manner.