The Duke & The King release Shaky and announce UK tour

Posted on 23 August 2010
By Jo Ching
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The Duke & The King follow the critical acclaim that greeted their 2009 debut album ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ with the September 20th release of the new single ‘Shaky.’

Released on Loose Music/Silva Oak ‘Shaky’ is the first track from the band’s second album ‘Long Live The Duke & The King’ due 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 Green Man 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