Monday, December 5, 2011

Artist: Cuff The Duke, Album: Cuff The Duke, Song: I Really Want To Help You

"I really want to help you, let you feel free.  But I haven't much hope left and I'm saving it for me."  Cuff The Duke are a rock band from Oshawa, Ontario originally.  They are Wayne Petti, Paul Lowman, Dale Murray and Corey Wood.  Their sound might be described as country rock or perhaps Americana if I were to reach for a label.  They released their indie debut in 2002 which garnered them some critical acclaim and led to a deal with Hayden's label, Hardwood Records.  They would actually tour North America as Hayden's backing band and played shows with Feist and Blue Rodeo.  They are a tremendously hard working band who have released albums at a torrid pace since their inception.  To date they have five albums and their most recent; released in 2011, is the first album of a two part series.  Lead singer and principle songwriter, Wayne Petti has also released a solo album and some of the members have played and recorded with The Hylozoists.  Their self titled album was actually their sophomore release and it includes this great track, I Really Want To Help You.  You can check it out on You Tube (  The band was nominated for their first Juno in 2010 for Adult Alternative Album Of The Year.  Unfortunately, they lost out to Joel Plaskett (see blog 9/5/10).  The band's latest release was produced by Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and you can follow the band at  You can purchase the album, Cuff The Duke, on Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!