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Saturday, October 2 • 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Dukes of Daville

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“We make Southern hip-hop/funk/soul music; it’s kind of hard to pinpoint but we just say we create good music. It’s something that you can listen to with your parents.” So say the Dukes of DaVille when prompted about their upcoming debut entitled. Time Machine. While this tickling, tantalizing response addresses one question,it begs many more. Namely, how a duo from rural Hinesville, Georgia is poised —as comments on their MySpace page assert— “to bring back music.”

By the letters, the Dukes of DaVille comprises Ricky Balboa and Jimi Smalls, two army brats who first crossed paths in 1992 on a dusty baseball diamond in Fort Stewart, Georgia. But conjoining James’ first name with that of his proclaimed “brother from another mother,” the two conjured up the delightful moniker RicJames. It’s that sort of subtle cleverness that defines the Dukes. But what of their musical odyssey? And better still, where the heck is Hinesville, Georgia?

Time Machine is nothing if not ambitious. But while many artists attempt a lot, the Dukes of DaVille actually achieve a lot. Their energy, their earnestness damn near leap right into the listener’s living room. “I believe we’re the most flexible group out right now,” James asserts. “We feel like we’re placing a standard to other artists; that wasn’t our intention, but to the world this is our opening statement. When you pop in Time Machine, expect the unexpected. Going track-to-track, this album is a sigh of relief: ‘Ah, music is back.’ Ric sums up the experience concisely: “The journey, the recording process has been the fun part, the real accomplishment. Along the way, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone believe in you?” We believe Ric.

Saturday October 2, 2010 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Mercy Lounge One Cannery Row, Nashville, TN, 37203

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