Meet the Duke


Robert reads Treble Clef and Nashville Numbers

Film:   “Arizona Summer” Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors ; “Telling Secrets” Cybill Shepherd   

Television:   Copperstate Chronicles, KTVK-3 Phoenix

Opened for:   Asleep at the Wheel, Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Rivers 

Backed:  Sammy Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night); Opry stars Stonewall Jackson; Rose Maddox   

Gigged: “Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine, Arizona

Jammed: Lee Oskar (Lowrider) Arizona

Mason Williams (Classical Gas) Oregon 

John Hartford (Gentle on my Mind) Mississippi 

“Big River” Arizona Broadway Theater, and also, the Mesa Arts Center; Patsy Cline Dinner Theater

National Anthem with Harmonica for Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey Game 

Awards:  Phoenix Blues Society First Annual Blues Contest, 3rd place winner with Cold Shot Blues Band; Top Instrumentalist 1995, Arizona Country Music Association, Harmonica   

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How it began

The Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” was on KROY AM radio and I learned the opening riff. That was all I knew, so I played it over, and over, and over...


By the time I reached the ever-so-cool age of 16 at Sacramento High School, I had inherited a Hohner 64 Chromonica. Winning a spot in the variety show I played “Ruby” (from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry), accompanied by school band mates on drums, bass, and piano.


Imagine this scene: 

An ornate, old fashioned theater-auditorium with dark walls and high ceilings, great acoustics, and nearly 2-seconds natural reverberation. On stage was a large, classic, ribbon microphone on a stand, as you might see in a radio drama of the 40’s.


I was in heaven! And I was finally admired and praised, too.


“So, you really CAN play that thing!” OK, tolerated, maybe. But it felt good.