John Hammond is a Grammy Award winner (1995) and eight time Grammy nominee (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010). He is a Blues Music Award Winner for Best Acoustic Blues Artist (2003, 2004) and for Best Acoustic Album for his Tom Waits produced Wicked Grin (2002),
as well as a 2011 nominee for Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year.
Following the success of Grammy-nominated Stomp! The Blues Tonight, Robillard has
delivered a tough collection of songs that's a return to Duke's grittiest roots - dirty,
house-rockin', shack-shakin', fingerbustin', down-in-the-bottom git-tar blues. This
time, the spotlight's shifted a little bit toward the songs themselves and Robillard -
while staying within the accepted parameters of the blues idiom - cheerfully offers up
songs like "Text Me," "The High Cost of Lovin'" and "Fatal Heart Attack." The opening
song, "Workin' Hard for my Uncle," parallels The Beatles' "Taxman" - Duke's uncle, of
course, is Sam, and he wants most of the songwriter's income.