|Doug Duffey and BADD’s sophomore album, “Play The Blues,” is deeply rooted in regional blues and flavored with a pinch of Memphis Rock-N-Soul. Duffey’s vivid lyrics tell stories from his real-life experiences of lost love, spirituality and Voodoo, and even nosey neighbors. The grooves are infectious, the solos soar, and the singing cuts deep into the soul of the listener. Duffey is joined by Ben Ford, Adam Ryland and Dan Sumner, who also co-wrote some of the songs. Together they form the rhythm section of the ‘award-winning’ Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey and they are the house band at Fort Sumner Studios in Monroe, LA. There they tracked their new album as well as their 2018 debut “Funkify Ya-Self.”
The nine original tunes from the Louisiana quartet open with a classic blues shuffle, ‘The Things We Used To Do,’ borrowing from the 1950’s Guitar Slim standard. Duffey puts his own spin on living through hard times and looking back on the good old days setting the tone and delivering the message that these veteran players are indeed here to “play the blues.” The radio ready track ‘Evil’ finds Duffey professing his love for a Black Magic Woman over a smooth Louisiana R&B groove that flows into the mournful twelve-bar ‘Big Easy Street Blues,’ delivering pure barrelhouse piano, soulful vocals, and sweet guitar leads from Sumner. Duffey then demonstrates his lifelong study of Professor Longhair and Dr. John on the rolling ‘Have You Ever.’
As the title suggests, ‘Drink It On Down’ is a swampy bar room rock party anchored by Sumner’s gritty guitar. The shifting groove and jazz overtones flavor the tense view of a troublesome world in ‘My Driving Wheel.’ Duffey then takes time to rant about the nosey neighbors, who are jealous about his clandestine love affair that is the ‘Talk Of The Town.’ He lists all the virtues of his lady “that make an old man feel young” on the uplifting ramble ‘You Got That Something.’ The closing track, ‘A Memory Left To Lose,’ begins as a sparse piano and guitar duet that builds into a soaring fully orchestrated ballad full of emotional intensity and harmonic artistry.
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, in the Mississippi Delta, Doug Duffey has been singing, playing piano, and composing professionally since childhood and has recorded over a dozen albums since his first single in 1970. This fine collection of rockin’ blues, soul and classic R&B adds to that legacy and continues to prove he and his BADD cohorts were indeed born to “Play The Blues.”
Rick J Bowen
Multi award-winning Doug Duffey and BADD are a North Louisiana-based quartet specializing in 100% original ‘Bayou Funk’, ‘Swampadelic’, Bluesiana and Delta Soul music. Influenced by old school 70’s funk and soul classics, as well as their native regional New Orleans funk, Memphis Soul, Louisiana R&B, and Louisiana Delta blues, they’ve recycled, refried, refunked, redefined and repackaged it all into their own personal post-modern slammin’ jams.
Born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1950, Duffey began singing and playing piano at an early age; he was composing and performing professionally by age 14. His first single, recorded in Nashville in 1970, was chosen by Billboard, Cashbox and Record World as “Pick Hit” and broke into the top 100 charts.
He moved to Hollywood In his early 20s where Backstage Management managed him. He has written songs for and/or recorded with George Clinton, Funkadelic, Rare Earth, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Anders Osborne, Little Queenie, Marcia Ball, Zakiya Hooker, Jerry Beach, John Autin, and other Louisiana and international artists.
He has been called “one of the most prolific songwriters living in Louisiana” and has recorded 11 albums of original material to date. His vast multi genre catalog of material contains not only songs, but also instrumental and improvisational works. A poetic lyricist, his songs are intelligent, intellectual, sophisticated and soulful, whether solo or with full production; on record or performed live.
Living and working off and on in New Orleans from the 1960’s to 90’s, he absorbed that city’s Jazz and Funk musical styles and mixed them with his own North Louisiana Mississippi Delta roots: Delta Blues, Louisiana Rock and Roll, Memphis Soul and Gospel. Incorporating traditional Louisiana piano styles with his own improvisational style, his inimitable soulful voice,
Doug Duffey has entertained audiences internationally, promoting both traditional and his own original Louisiana Music for 4+ decades. Onstage, he serves up a steaming hot and spicy gumbo of Louisiana soul, whether solo or with his International Soul Band. He has appeared many times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival [solo and w/band] and performed at the Louisiana Folklife Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazz Festival and many other major international music festivals, the best concert halls and music venues in the US and Europe. He has appeared on television, radio, interviews, and global live Internet broadcasts.
Duffey was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the National Blues Hall of Fame in 2009. With his Blues Hall of Fame induction, he was also named as a “Louisiana Ambassador of the Blues.”
Dan Sumner is a Louisiana-based guitarist and music producer. He is an internationally-acclaimed guitarist who performs and tours the world regularly with acts such as Doug Duffey and BADD, Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey, Steve Howell, Louis Romanos Quartet, LA Legacy Jazz Band, Glynn Styler, Janice Jaffee and many others. He is a sponsored Benedetto Artist, and plays two custom-made Benedetto archtop Jazz guitars. He owns and operates Fort Sumner Studio where he has recorded and/or produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums by artists such as: Doug Duffey and BADD, Astro Motel, Logan and the Legendaries, The Vidrines, Gin Mobsters, Tito and the Fabulous Freeloaders, Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey, Fred Brown, The Gold Dust Mannequins, Jig the Alien, Bunki, and many others.