Main Presenter: Duane Simpson
Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfY_mu0Rdes
Duane Simpson, a West Virginia native, picked up the guitar at 8 years old. Playing in bands throughout childhood, Duane grew up playing to crowds and knew he had found his passion. He followed that passion to West Virginia University studying Musical Performance. After college, and one visit to Asheville, NC, Duane discovered a music community he wanted to be a part of to begin to further build his career.
Influenced by Steely Dan, The Allman Brothers, BB King, Robben Ford and Wayne Krantz, to mention a few, Duane has curated a clean sound and tone that suits several different genres. During his tenure, he has had the honor to play in bands such as The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The King Zeros, Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs, Jim Arrendale and the Cheap Suits, Kat Williams, and The Inkwell. He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with some of his heroes such as Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and Jeff Sipe.
Duane is accomplished in a wide variety of genres, including R&B, pop, jazz, gospel and Blues. You can hear him most weekends around Asheville playing with some of his current projects such as Purple, Oil and Water, and The Cheap Suits or as a sideman with various other artists.
Per usual, the majors will be hanging with Steve following his presentation. He's got some cool ideas up his sleeve for the breakout portion.