New CD!


tucson weekly


Sunday, Aug 9, 2009

  The Duncan Stitt Band played to a large, relaxed audience (with many older folks, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, families and tons of dogs) under a massive tent. The trio consisted of guitarist Eric Mellen (also a member of the headlining band), Dave Vigasin on drums and Stitt on keyboard. Their set was peppered with covers, including the David Letterman theme song and Dr. John’s “Right Place Wrong Time,” while their original songs ranged in style from mellow rock to Mexican disco, from blues to polka.

  The lyrics stood out as the hysterical highlight of the day. My photographer and I were laughing aloud at lyrics such as “sock it to me, soccer mom,” and, in a song about a physically unattractive woman, “there is a catch, you have a personality to match.” These guys were lots of fun.

Mel Mason

  Duncan’s new CD, “Shortcut to the Promised Land” features the excellent rhythm section of Ralph Gilmore on drums and Steve Grams on bass. Electric guitar is courtesy of Richie Cavanaugh, with Danny Krieger on slide. Namoli and Jim Lipson make cameo appearances on vocals and percussion. Several other local artists appear to spice up the tasteful production.

  While the CD has been labeled “soft rock” by some, it remains Duncan’s most focused work to date. The songs reflect the passing of time and the wisdom of age, all tinged with an ironic sense of humor.

  CDs are available at the 17th Street Market in Tucson.

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