Simone Felice takes a very different direction to The Felice Brothers with his new band The Duke & The King. Different it may be but The Duke & The King's second album 'Long Live The Duke & The King' is packed full of excellent songwriting. The new single 'Shaky' is released in the UK on September 20th through Loose Music/ Silva Oak and it's the first from the self-produced album.
Bob Ludwig, known for his work with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Band engineered the album and he compares the track 'Dont Take That Plane Tonight', to his work with Frank Zappa, and their song 'Hudson River'to his work with soul star Sam Cooke.
Their debut album 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' was released last year and combined a number of influences from funk to country.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.