Lil’ Ronnie & the Grand Dukes are, to quote one reviewer, “…the real deal! … superb talents well versed in traditional blues”. While Ronnie & the band are well schooled in all styles of blues they also use elements of 50’s r&b, soul, vintage rock & roll & jazz in their unique blend of American roots music. They are led by harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsee Ronnie Owens. Ronnie has been performing since 1963 and has been fronting his own bands for over 30 years. He has played with and opened shows for some of the biggest names in the blues world, John lee Hooker, James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Gatemouth Brown, Carey Bell, Anson Funderburgh / Sam Mayers, Big Bill Morganfield, Mark Hummel’s renowned ‘Blues Harmonica Blow Out’ and many, many others.
Ronnie and his band ‘the Grand Dukes’ are a critically acclaimed touring band and play anywhere from funky little blues bars, where the music was invented to major blues festivals, including a swinging, jumpin’ night as headline artist at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. They have earned the reputation as an exciting must see band. The band has released 4 top shelf rockin’ CDs. The most recent,
‘Gotta Starnge Feeling’ debut at # 6 on Roots Music Radio Report and reached # 14
on the Living Blues Radio top 25 Charts. You can also hear it on Sirus / XM radio’s ‘Bluesville’.