She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke
Released: Jul 2008
Label: Hardly Art
Memorize Dylan poems, late '60s Stones records and the Mamas & the Papas. Get inspired; strum, write, harmonize. If this wasn't the Dutchess and the Duke's plan, it sure sounds like it was. While their barebones folk-rock at times crosses the line between admiring and aping (is that a little "Paint It Black" sitar in "The Prisoner"?), it's mostly just raw good fun with a witty tack and a poignant core. With maracas, whistles, flutes, handclaps, quick-witted rhymes and playful harmonies, these guys are like ultra-cool campfire buddies who put your "Kumbaya"-ing neighbors to shame.