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Oshawa, Toronto ON, Canada (2001 – present)

Cuff the Duke is a Canadian band from Oshawa, Ontario, that has been active from 2001. They play a blend of traditional country and folk music with indie rock influences, and can be categorized as an alt-country group. The line-up of the band has evolved, with the consistent members thus far being Wayne Petti (vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, bass) and Paul Lowman (bass, piano, backing vocals, fiddle, guitar, lap steel). Petti and Murray have also released solo albums.

Cuff the Duke’s debut Life Stories for Minimum Wage was released on Toronto-indie Three Gut Records on October 15, 2002 to rave reviews. Critics heralded their efforts as “intense” and “timeless.” Emphasis was placed on the mature aspect of the album…a surprise considering the members (all originally from Oshawa) were only 21.

July 2005 saw the sophomore release of the self-titled Cuff the Duke on Hayden’s Hardwood imprint (a first besides Hayden himself), distributed by Universal. A favourite of the fans, college radio (#2 national) and critics alike, they wowed audiences with their live show wherever they played. Early in 2006, Halifax’s Dale Murray (The Guthries) joined the band to play electric and steel guitar. With founding members Wayne Petti and Paul Lowman, the band embarked on additional extensive North American touring.

Somewhere amongst all of that, several van breakdowns included, Cuff the Duke managed to be part of an exciting, primarily instrumental band called The Hylozoists, led by producer/musician Paul Aucoin, who’s La Fin Du Monde came out spring ’06 on Boompa/EMI.


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    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • un_melomane

    Mezzic Interview: Cuff the Duke

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • guru_mosh

    Duff The Cake!

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Criznittle

    Cuff The Duke "Count On Me" is featured on Indie/Rock Playlist: November (2011) download here: theindierockplaylistdotcom

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • WLDB

    New one is pretty good.

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ShipDestroyer

    too canadian

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • listentoSCQ

    'Way Down Here' might be their best so far... Album review here:

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Zkcmusic

    I actually met them, and they sound really good live.

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • WLDB

    Going to see them in January. Looks like they're opening for Blue Rodeo for some shows again.

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Quartertonality

    The new album is blowing my mind. It is amazing. Simply amazing.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mada11

    What the hell is up with this video only thing on the artist page? WTF last geeks? Stop mucking things up

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • jet-setter

    Dude I forgot how much I loved them. There was a period in 2006 or so when I listened to them all. the. time. That period is slowly resurfacing.

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • PhilyT83

    Anti Social is a great tune! Lots of albums for me to explore too. Just what I need. = D

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • frankumi

    Wah, trop bon!!

    21 May 2008 Reply
  • brittrebecca

    have to thank for choosing this song as similar to hawksley...loving 'there was a time'

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • JDJ

    Saw them open for Blue Rodeo on Thurs and Friday... converted into a fan. Got their discs... really great stuff!

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • garybliss123

    i'm amazed they're not more popular.

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • spookychick

    i think it depends on the promoter superpissed, when i saw them play (or most bands in bars and such) they play about an hour, and that's plenty. i want them to come back to north bay~

    12 Nov 2007 Reply
  • superpissedoff

    I love this band but they ripped our city off. i'm in sault ste marie adn cuff the duke played here tonight. they played barely one hour and that's it. they charged $10 to get in up until the last song. when asked why they couldn't play anymore they answer that the lead singer throat was sore and that they didn't have enough material to play any longer. i mean man, they were down and trying to sel

    7 Nov 2007 Reply
  • ztlane

    I normally don't like country, but Life Stories For Minimum Wage is fucking awesome.

    12 Sep 2007 Reply
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