Duffy King’s Funky New Blues-Infused Jazz Groove

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Duffy King is an industry veteran, virtuoso guitarist, and award-winning songwriter. For more than two decades, the Detroit native has shared the studio and stage with rock, jazz, and blues legends. He has toured the world, and his music has appeared on dozens of high-profile film and television productions.

In addition to extensive work with music legends like The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, Duffy King has produced a number of successful solo projects, including his celebrated 2016 album Acoustically Speaking. The Motor City musician has earned numerous accolades in his hometown’s legendary scene, including nods for Outstanding R&B Instrumentalist, R&B Vocalist, R&B Artist, R&B Recording, and Jazz Recording

“Say Uncle” is the brand new single from Duffy King, released worldwide via all major streaming services on September 6, 2023. He is joined on the track by the world-class talent of fellow Detroit musicians, Rob Emanuel (drums, percussion, piano) and Roger Noonan (bass). The guitarist leads the band through funky and mellow jazz groove with tasty blues-infused licks and a smooth Strat tone, on this breezy late-summer vibe.

Check out the official “Say Uncle” music video below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Dive : Jazz & Classical playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Duffy King about the tune. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.

8 Questions with Duffy King

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Where are you from?

Detroit, Michigan.

How long have you been making music?

Pretty much my entire life.

Who are the musicians involved in your project?

Duffy King (guitars), Rob Emanuel (drums, percussion, piano), and Roger Noonan (bass).

Who are your biggest musical influences?

My biggest musical influences makeup a gumbo of Beatles, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Motown, Wes Montgomery, Steely Dan, Chick Corea/Return to Forever, George Benson, Yes, BB & Albert King, and Allman Brothers.

What is your greatest non-musical influence?


What inspired you to create this project?

Writing and recording this song was inspired by a music company request for a funky groove oriented jazz composition.

What are your plans for the future (musically)?

Immediate plans are to finish recording a vocal, blues/rock oriented album that I’ve been working on.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

This world owes you nothing and there are no guarantees, but we all find our way home eventually…