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Daryll Düus returns to rock the blues with Papa King

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It is always a pleasure to see Papa King Cole back on stage.Darryl Düus plays cigar box guitar slide with Papa King. Photo bY Richard Amery
 It was even a greater treat to see Daryll  Düus  come back home to play a show with him as he did at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 20.
 They played an amazingly tight set with Düus switching guitars  almost every song including changing to a four string  cigar box guitar and a slide whilst trading guitar solos with Scott Mezei. Together they were a dynamite match.
 Bassist Doug Freeman danced on the darkened stage holding down a solid , toe tapping rhythm.

 They added harp player Russell Glass to the line up for this show.
 Everyone stepped back as he blew some beautiful harp solos sprinkled throughout the set.

Düus also got to show he was much of a powerhouse vocalist as he is a powerhouse guitar player on a couple songs including blues classic “ Sweet Home Chicago.”
 He switched guitars almost every song. My favourite was a four string cigar  box guitar he used to play slide. The played several songs from Papa King’s new CD “Gutted to the Studs,” including “500 Horses,“ his excellent trucking song as well as blues classics like “ Baby Please Don’t Go.

“I’ve been playing 20 years with this man,” King crowed.
Mezei recalled how he used to pester Düus for guitar lessons.
 Everybody soloed including bassist Doug Freeman.
 They brought up special guest Megan Brown onto the stage to play fiddle for their second set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:26 )  
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