Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Emily Duff
Emily Duff’s small batch brand of SWEET & SOUR ROCK AND ROLL WITH A GREAT BIG HIT OF COUNTRY SOUL, digs deep, weaving a patchwork of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lies at your feet begging to be mended. A dark optimist, Emily Duff is a unique voice for women at a crucial time. A happily married wife, content with a sweet & simple life. A devoted mother who never really had one. A dedicated and reliable observer whose 30 years of sobriety allows her to be, for better or worse, fully “woke,” Emily is not afraid to show up to sing some Truth.
Duff has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Nick Cave, Marcia Ball, Tony Joe White, The Carter Family, Tracey Nelson & Steve Earle. Rolling Stone Magazine writes that Emily Duff is, “One Part Patti Smith, One Part Muscle Shoals.” Songwriter Wille Nile claims Emily to be “The Real Thing and a Great Artist.” And Henry Yates at Country Music UK Magazine writes, “Emily Duff is a performer whose time is surely now.”
A prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily was born in Flushing Queens, NY and raised by a pack of cigarettes. Her Mama taught her 4 perfect chords and then split, leaving Emily to figure the rest out on her own. With a deep love for vintage guitars, muscle cars & old man bars, Emily carved a path straight to CBGBs and never looked back.
She replaced Jeff Buckley as lead singer for Gary Lucas’ Gods & Monsters and had the honor of opening for Bob Dylan & Paul Simon at Jones Beach Amphitheater with her band, Eudora. After a hiatus to “get straight,” get happy and raise some pretty cute kids, Emily released her debut solo record (2015), “GO TELL YOUR FRIENDS,” Produced by Craig Bishop at NY Noise (Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin). Emily followed that up with “MAYBE IN THE MORNING,” (2017) recorded at FAME in Muscle Shoals, AL and produced by Craig Bishop, receiving 5 stars in Country Music UK Magazine. Shifting her gears to a “Higher Power,” Emily wrote & released, “HALLELUJAH HELLO” (2019), also made at FAME and Produced by FAME’s own, John Gifford III features an All-Star Band of veteran Muscle Shoals, AL Musicians including members of the original FAME GANG.
June 2020, Emily released “BORN ON THE GROUND,” produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel and possibly Emily’s most rockin’ & revealing record yet which has been called “expertly crafted and perfectly executed,” as well as “a Best of Contender for the Year” and garnering Emily the title of “Breakout Artist for 2020.”
Emily’s version of Willie Nile’s classic, “HELL YEAH” appears on the Paradiddle Records, Uncovered: A Tribute to Wille Nile, released August 2020 and co-wrote “Ain’t Gonna Live Like That” with Joan Jett Veteran guitarist and R&R Hall of Famer, Ricky Byrd for his new Sobering Times album. Emily also recently worked with NYC Rock guitarist Lee Boice as singer and lyricist for the song “LEFT FOR DEAD,” and released two Anti-Trump Election Anthems, “The Call” & “Devils & Snakes,” both produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, with whom she is currently recording another album at his studio, Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, NYC.
Emily has written and performed on numerous TV and radio commercials as well as Independent films. Emily Duff lives in Manhattan’s West Village with her husband Skip, their two children and helpful hound dog, Banjo and LIVES TO WRITE SONGS.
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