Band of the Week

Rob Duskey and The Rounders

Meet the Band: Rob Duskey (vocals, guitar), Brian Hardman (bass), Rob Kovacs (piano), Stu Laven, Jr. (drums), Michael Paciotti (mandolin), Megan Zurkey (vocals, guitar), G.S. Harper (vocals, guitar)

Momentous Year(s): The band is heading into 2013 buoyed by unstoppable energy of last year's busy happenings. Their sophomore release, Blank Canvas to Man, dropped in February and reminded the region of Duskey's top-tier song- writing chops. A lineup change brought in some additional heavyweight musicianship and allowed the band to stretch its legs and really commit to the craft.

Dynamics in Action: Recent shows have made some fans to wonder aloud about the decision to roll out so many new tunes. "I don't think you can get better without writing new songs," Duskey says. He adds that the band is toying around with more dynamic sounds — highs and lows that accent the core songwriting attitude. Oh, yeah: Duskey also bought an electric guitar recently. So there's a hint of the band's forthcoming musical directions.

The Great Gig in the Lounge: Duskey often invites friends to stop by and throw down an opening set at the local Rounders shows. Not tonight, though. The band will hit the stage and deliver the goods for several hours straight this evening. "You're probably going to get everything we've ever released and then some new stuff, as well," Duskey says.

Where You Can Hear Them: robduskey.com

Where You Can See Them: Rob Duskey and the Rounders will dish up a rockin' evening of music at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Brothers Lounge.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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