The Juke Dukes crank the Mojo dial to 12! Each groove they lay down cements the foundation of this energetic classic rock and blues band.
Together, this group of seasoned musicians have a seamless bond that drops every chart right in the pocket, laying down the pathway for the Juke Dukes frontman to "bring it on home"
I find inspiration all around me. I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation. I love the places that most people don't give a second glance.
Founder / Harmonica man / Vocalist Hal Iwan cut his blues teeth on the early stylings of such Blues purists as “Little Walter” Jacobs, & “Big Walter” Horton. Later on he also picked up from harp men like Richard Salwitz, (Magic Dick, of J. Geils fame), George “Harmonica” Smith, and Rod Piazza. Prior to the “Dukes”, Hal worked with the “Bob Halverson Band” and founded “The Blues Syndicate” band, who worked in the Detroit area for several years.
Back in 1969, a self-described punk suburban kid, guitarist / vocalist Mark Stewart (aka: “Dallas Red Waters”) tagged along with some bandmates to The Chessmate Lounge in Detroit to see and hear the mighty Muddy Waters backed by the Chicago Blues Band. Things were never the same for Mark. Numerous times that year and the next he returned to see the great bluesman perform and it began to influence the way the kid played his guitar. Fifteen years later, Muddy had passed away and the kid had moved to Texas and adopted the moniker “Dallas Red Waters”, a tribute to both Muddy and to his own maternal grandfather whose last name was Waters. Dallas Red has played solo and in various bands, an aching, searing, heartfelt blues for more than 45 years. In the beginning, he played only the guitar and his musicianship has evolved to embrace blues harp, keyboards, bass, and vocals. On stage his performance is a genuine expression of the magic of the blues performed in a small, smoky, dimly lit club with clinking glasses and laughter in the background, a testament to a long lost era.
Drummer Dave Koslosky began playing percussion in the elementary honors school band in 6th grade. He soon began taking private lessons from a well-known Detroit area percussionist in the early 70s. These lessons provided a good foundation on all percussion instruments such as xylophone and tympani. In Junior High school he started playing the drums, influenced by the big band jazz drummers Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Stan Levy. Although, Dave has been out of the music scene for a while he is excited to be back and part of the “Juke Dukes” – the real deal when it comes to blues!
Bassist / Guitarist Mike Robbins bought his first guitar at age 11 and started his first band at 13. Heavily influenced initially by the rock and blues guitar and bass heroes of that era, his range of influences steadily grew to include jazz, Motown and R&B while remaining firmly planted in the blues.
The Juke Dukes are excited to welcome special guest Steve Blackburn. Former front man for the Kenny Parker Project, Steve has fronted the most popular blues bands in the Metro Detroit area.
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BACKSCRATCHER BLACKSNAKE SHAKE BRICKS IN MY PILLOW
BROKE AND HUNGRY CAN'T GET ENOUGH CHECKIN' ON MY BABY
CHICKEN SHACK CHITLINS CON CARNE COLD HEARTED WOMAN DON'T LIE TO ME EASY COME, EASY GO FIRST I LOOK AT THE PURSE
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT HALF AS OLD
GOT MY MOJO WORKING HELP ME HEY BABY
HOME RUN HITTER I CAN'T BE SATISFIED I GOT A FEELING
I'M A ROADRUNNER I'M READY I'M TORE DOWN
JUKE KEEP THE BLUES COMPANY KILLING FLOOR
LOVE AND WAR LOW RIDER MAKE IT BACK TO MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS MERCY MERCY MERCY MESSIN' W/THE KID
MISS YOU MY BABE NEW ORLEANS
NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME NOW I'M GOOD ORANGE SODA
ONCE TOO OFTEN ONE CHANCE PACK FAIR AND SQUARE
PRIDE AND JOY RADIATES THAT CHARM RING OF FIRE
ROADHOUSE BLUES ROUTE 66 SHAKE IT
SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL SHE MAY BE YOURS SHE'S A KILLER
SOMEBODY STATESBORO BLUES STOMPIN' OUR FEET WITH JOY
SUZY-Q STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW TELEPHONE BLUES
THE JUMPIN' BLUES THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
VIVA LAS VEGAS WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO 1955 911