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 headlining & swinging night at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. They have earned the reputation as an exciting, must see band! The current line up includes Ivan Applerouth on guitar, Ivan is also an Ellersoul recording artist, his debut CD released last year has been nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award! Ivan’s mentor was the great Duke Robillard. Ivan has also toured & recorded with Big Joe & The Dynaflows, was original guitarist for Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone’s Blues Party. John Sheppard plays bass & also played & recorded with both Big Joe & Johnny Sansone, John Fralin plays piano & was also a original member of Big Joe & the Dynaflows, The Bopcats & others, rounding out the band is drumming sensation Stuart Grimes who’s resume includes touring & recording with the renowned blues/rocker Tinsley Ellis & Ronnie’s former band The Blue Beats.
Lil’ Ronnie and the Grand Dukes are, to quote one reviewer, “ the real deal!…superb talents well versed in traditional blues”. They are led by harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsed, Ronnie Owens. 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, swing & west coast jump in their unique blend of American roots music.