The Dukes of Destiny

The Dukes of Destiny

In 1985 a bunch of young, local musicians got together and began playing old blues songs in a rambling three-story house in Philadelphia. They decided to take the act on the road as The Dukes of Destiny, a name they got from a matchbook cover urging the reader to “Be the Captain of Your Own Destiny.” At first, The Dukes of Destiny played house parties in the Germantown and Mt. Airy sections of Philly, generating interest by word of mouth. A gig at the now-defunct Taker’s Café in Germantown launched their public career, and 31 years later, they are still playing some of the hottest, most danceable blues and old school soul in the Philadelphia area. Today The Dukes of Destiny reign as Philadelphia’s longest-lived and best loved blues act.

There have been changes in the act: guitarists left and came back, bass and sax players moved and or left the band, and sadly, singer and founder Steve Brown died in March of 2000. But the approach and commitment of the band has remained constant for over 30 years, resulting in a band with a unique tightness and an original approach to the music. With a mix of powerful original songs and unique arrangements of blues and soul standards, The Dukes of Destiny continue to grow and develop as they share their music through countless live performances and recordings.

The Dukes have released four CDs: The Dukes of Destiny (1991), House of Forbidden Love” (1997), Dukes of Destiny 3” ( 2004) featuring 6 original compositions by John Colgan-Davis and the debut of Arlyn Wolters, and Higher, (2013) which features original compositions by Arlyn Wolters, AC Steel and John Colgan-Davis. They are regularly featured on Jonny Meister's Blues Show on WXPN and on other Blues and roots shows. This year they will appear at the Philadelphia Folk Festival's Sunday Blues Afternoon playing alongside Walter Wolfman Washington.
Clearly, The Dukes continue to produce strong and unique high-quality music. They are proud to reign as “Philly’s longest lived and best loved blues band.”

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