I have heard musicians try to capture the organic nature of these early blues artists... mostly in vain. Every now and then I get to hear an album like "The Dutchess AND THE Duke - She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke" that takes me back to that time when music was simple and exciting. She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke are somewhere between, Leadbelly , The Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground. The album is a sultry mix of male and female vocals, gritty guitar (pre - 70's Gibson) along with the occasional hand clap (Reservoir Park), flute (You Can Tell The Truth, Now/ Mary/ I Am Just A Ghost), harmonica and tambourine. You'll quickly fall in love with the album and wonder why.
As musicians, these two are not much to shout about. Their vocals aren't great. The guitar is simple. All the additional instrumentation is easily produced with thrift store purchased recording equipment and instruments. But maybe that is the beauty of this record, the ability to remind us that sometimes all you need is two people, a guitar, harmonica and a 4 track. So to fulfill the old saying, Less is More, I give you; The Dutchess AND THE Duke - She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke.