Twang is the Thang

There is no bigger thrill for a rock and roll sax player than channelling Steve Douglas, Jim Horn, Gil Bernal, and Plas Johnson with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, the King of Twang, Duane Eddy.  I love Duane Eddy.  For all he’s done for the guitar, don’t forget what he’s done for the saxophone.  Those names above alone should tell you.  I’ve been in so many situations with Duane where I mention a song or phrase where it’s “musician speak” to me and my friends, but to Duane–well, he came up with it.

There ain’t anything more rock and roll than Duane, and he’s the sweetest, most genuine man around.

Review of the Jack Daniel’s Birthday Show featuring Duane Eddy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, and Ellie Goulding at Clapham Grand, London UK, October 2010

“Those of us who’ve wondered how the great man got so far by playing so few actual notes – his songs mostly constitute a twangy, single-string melody, played over and over – forgot our ignorant cavils as he traded licks with the saxophone player Ron Dziubla. Mr Dziubla is a real find. His honking, tempestuous, full-blooded playing lifted every song into a delirium of noise: “Rebel-Rouser”, “Moovin’ N’ Groovin'”, “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Because They’re Young” (the Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker’s sig tune for years).”

–John Walsh in London’s The Independent on Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ron Dziubla, Duane Eddy, and Deke Dickerson at the Ponderosa Stomp at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, 2010.

Review of Duane Eddy’s appearance at the Ponderosa Stomp, New Orleans, LA, September 2010

“However, he is not the only instrumental star on stage this evening. On many of his classic numbers, Eddy’s guitar playing fills the role traditionally taken by vocals — and it falls to the saxophone to provide lead melody. The powerful sax playing of the Ecco-Fonics’ Ron Dziubla proves to be a worthy successor to Eddy’s original colleagues.”

–Jon Black in http://www.awaitingtheflood.com on October 27, 2010

“I got a great band. Deke Dickerson is going to be there. I worked with him last January, and he was fantastic. Got a great sax player Ron Dziubla. … That Ron is such a great sax player, he’s got all the sax solos from the early records. Tone, notes, everything. Quite amazing. I’m really looking forward to hearing it again myself.”

–Duane Eddy from his interview with Alex Woodward in http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2010/09/22/ponderosa-stomp-preview-duane-eddy. September 22, 2010.

Ron Dziubla and Duane Eddy at the Glastonbury Festival, UK, 2011.

Review of Duane Eddy’s appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK, June 2011

“The unruffled precision of his guitar music defined the core architecture of rock in the 50s, so everything he plays from his half-century career seems somehow essential and timeless. Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley joins him, happy to play rhythm guitar on the cowboyish anthem ‘Because They’re Young’, and if it’s frequently Ron Dziubla’s dirty tenor sax that steals the limelight, it’s still that twang-bar riff that catches the heart. The man’s a legend and gets the respect a legend deserves.”

–From the online UK magazine Venue from June 28, 2011

A bit of textbook Ron Dziubla solo on the modern Duane Eddy track “Primeval” at the 100 Club in London, UK.

More textbook Ron Dziubla solo on the modern Duane Eddy track “Curveball” at the Glastonbury Festival, June 2011.

Ron appears on Duane’s record “Road Trip,” recorded at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield, UK.  It was Duane’s first studio record in 30 years.

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Duane and band at the Stagecoach

Duane Eddy and his band at the Stagecoach Festival, Indio CA, 2014. Brett Simons, Wayne Kramer, Duane, Ron Dziubla, Kevin Stevens, and Randy Leago.

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