Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Producer SAG/AFM Energetic, kinetic grooves, driving rhythms, searing, blistering leads, finesse and feel are words that have been used to describe Duffy's style of guitar playing. Duffy started playing the guitar at age 11, and began playing professionally at 18, basically having almost a lifetime of professional experience. , Duffy has spent a large part of his life living in the Detroit area, amongst it's great musical heritage. He also lived in South Florida, New York City, while giging & touring extensively throughout the U.S. and all four corners of the world. Along with constant performing, Duffy has done numerous studio sessions, including nationally televised ads as well as major label releases that have been nominated for Grammy Awards and Billboard Magazine awards. The combination of these accomplishments, and performing with an array of world class musicians, has earnd him a reputation as a top caliber guitarist. Well versed in all styles of playing, Duffy is best known for his potent Jazz/Rock and R&B/Funk chops. Duffy's talent doesn't stop with playing guitar. His song writing skills have won awards in Billboard Magazine's Songwriter's Contest, Marlboro's National Talent Search, and received acclaim for his solo release, Living' for the Big Time, which charted in the top 10 on many radio stations throughout the midwest region
From 2000 - 2010, Duffy has recieved 6 Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Rhythm & Blues Artist and has been nominated 9 times from 1999-2010 for the Outstanding Rhythm & Blues Instrumentalist award . Duffy’s recording, "Solo Guitar Christmas", is a collection of holiday classics uniquely arranged and performed on a single guitar. Solo Guitar Christmas received rave reviews and was nominated for a Detroit Music Awards Outstanding Jazz Recording.
Duffy knocked 'em dead at each performance on a worldwide clinic/promotional tour for the Gibson Guitar Corporation. As a Clinician, he is able to combine musicality, humor, fun and information to create an entertaining and productive clinic/performance that transcends language barriers. Other companies that Duffy has performed clinics for include, Yamaha Guitars and Amplifiers, Egnater Amplification
Duffy laid the guitar tracks on the recording, Reim 3 , by Gold and Platinum selling international Polygram artist, Matthias Reim, who also is a two-time recipient of World Music Awards. Another Polygram release Duffy played on was the Grammy Nominated recording, "Mean What You Say", by Witness.
2010 had Duffy laying tracks for Motley Cru drummer Tommy Lee's side project, Method's Of Mayhem's worldwide release, "A Public Disservice".
Additional adventures in Duffy’s diverse musical career include, composing music and audio sweetening for independent filmmaker, Jennifer Machiorlatti’s short film, The Maiden’s Mirror. National Chevrolet Commercials of which Duffy was Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer and Arranger.Featured performer on 2006 CD release with Detroit drummer extrodinare', Charles Stuart, "Charles Stuart Trio Live". All guitars on the widely popular 2008-2011 Ford F150 & 250 National Ad campaign, featuring comedian/actor Denis Leary on voiceover.
Clinician performances include- Winter and Summer NAMM, The major international musical instrument & technology expo shows in Frankfort,Germany - Lucerne,Switzerland - Paris,France - Tokyo,Japan, Stockholm,Sweden - Singapore,
Albums/Videos/Tours/Concert Highlights- Earl Klugh - World Tour '89 - '91, bugs Beddow Band, Miguel Tomas (Musical Director), Matthias Reim- Tommy Lee, Martha Reeves, Temptations, Alan Hewitt, The Groove Dawgs, The King Brothers, Witness, Eddie Kendricks, Duffy King Band, Memphis in May Festival, KFOG Sky Concert Festival, Ford International Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Charles Stuart Trio.
Labels- Polygram, Warner Brothers, RCA Producers/Songwriters- Kathy Kosins, Pamela J, Miguel Thomas, Alan Hewitt, Bruce Nazarian, Eric Morgensen, Michael Brooks, Mark Nilan, John Jazack
Television/Commercials- Chevrolet, Ford, Spirit Airlines, Marathon Oil, Lipton, Lazy Boy. Various live televised and radio simulcast concerts.
Various Musicians- Duffy has performed onstage or recorded with: Marshall Tucker Band - Earl Klugh - Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Gary Hoey)- Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, WInger, Jazz is Dead) - Jeff Berlin(everybody!) - Ron Pangborn (Was Not Was, Matthew Sweet) - Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)- Ralph Armstrong (Frank Zappa, Jean Luc Ponty, EarlKlugh) - Larry McCray - Peter Keys(lynard skynard, Parliment Funkadellic) - Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Simon Phillips, Leann Rimes) - Larry Frantangelo (Earl Klugh, Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock)- Luis Resto (Was Not Was, Eminem) - Marcus Belgrave - Lazy Lester - Paul Ojibaway (Joe Cocker, Mark Farner) - Rare Earth - Marty Montgomery (Sly Stone, Wild Cherry) - Doug Bare(Blackfoot) - Keb Mo’ - Benny Rappa (Ted Nugent, Blackfoot) - Bugs Beddow(Maynard Ferguson, Earl Klugh) - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Rob Emanuel (Groove Dawgs, Bob Minzer) - Martha Reeves - Joe Hayden(Aretha Franklin ) - Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech, Chick Corea ) -Mike Lutz (Brownsville Station, Ted Nugent) - Matthias Reim - Steve Frarey(Jack McDuff, Jakkie) - Gary Rasmussen(Alvin Youngblood Hart, Harmonica Shaw, Sonic Rondezvous) - Alan Hewitt(Alan Hewitt- Moody Blues) - Eric Darius - Chris Coddish(Hiram Bullock, Lucky Peterson)- Glenn Olds (Groove Dawgs, Bugs Beddow, Temptations) - Dana Davis(Winans,Witness)- Witness- Eddie Kendricks - Guy Walker(Backstreet Boys) - Jeff "Shakey" Fowlks(Kid Rock, Robert Bradley) Olteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers, Government Mule) - Charles Stuart- Keith Kominski(Bob Seger) - Mark Byerly(Justin Timberlake, Bob Seger,Charles Stuart) Skeeto Valdez(Trey Ansitasio, King Konga) Al Ortiz(Stevie Nicks, Johnny Rivers, Waddy Watchel), - Gary Bruzzese(Glen Campbell)