"Duke's one of the great players" - B.B. King
"a soloist of stunning force
and originality" - The New York Times



★Featured performer at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Chuck Berry tribute concert on October 27, 2012 along with Chuck Berry, Joe Bonamassa, Rick Derringer, Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Steve Jordan, Ronnie Hawkins, Chuck Prophet and Rosie Flores

★2013 DownBeat Critics Poll, ranked among the Best Blues Artist of Group

★2012 Blues Music Award Nominee - Gibson Guitar Award - an honor he has won previously 4 times (category was previously known as Best Instrumentalist - Guitar)

★2012 Living Blues Award Nominee - for Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)

★2011 Blues Music Award Nominee for Traditional Blues Album of the Year for Passport to the Blues AND Best Instrumentalist - Guitar

★2011 Boston Music Awards Nominee for Blues Artist of the Year

★2011 B. B. King International Artist of the Year Award Nominee in The Toronto Blues Society's 15th Maple Blues Awards program. Duke won this award three years in a row (2001-2003) and this also marks Duke's seventh nomination

★2010 GRAMMY Nomineee for Best Traditional Blues Album for Stomp! The Blues Tonight (2nd nomination in 3 years in this category)

★2010 Blues Music Awards Winner for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Also nominated in 2010 for Album of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Instrumentalist - Guitar.

Featured on Mountain Stage (NPR) in July 2009 and frequently spotlighted on House of Blues Radio Hour, most recently having Passport to the Blues chosen as Blues CD of the Month for September 2010

★2004 Keeping The Blues Alive Award for Best Producer presented by The Blues Music Foundation

Collaborations playing with and/or producing: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, John Hammond; plus sorely-missed legends such as Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry. Duke also produced Joe Louis Walker's "Between a Rock and The Blues" which won Album of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards.

Founder and 12-year member of Roomful of Blues, which accompanied Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and many more on record and in live appearances. After leaving the group, Duke played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, then replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds