Virgin In-Flight Magazine

The Duke & The King were asked for their end of year lists by Virgin In-Flight magazine.

The Duke & The King, a glam-soul-folk quartet from New York named after the travelling Shakespeare Hustlers in Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, are today’s Virgin Music Advent Artists. What do you think of their picks?

Top 5 Albums of 2009;

5. The Handsome Family – Honey Moon
A delightfully kooky record.

4. Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
Simone was asked by Rick Rubin to play on this record. Beautiful songs, beautiful guys.

3. AA Bondy – When The Devils Loose
A little known gem that everyone should hear from great Alabama poet.

2. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Haunted songs that really get under your skin.

1. The Eagles – Greatest Hits
It gets released most years – so it came out in 2009 – right?

Top 5 Singles of 2009;

5. The Handsome Family – Wild Woods
What a great voice this man has!

4. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
These boys have hit the US charts this year. It can be done!

3. Danny & The Champions Of The World – Streets of Our Time
Our manager Tom from Loose records played us this track when we last touched down in the UK. It sounded just right.

2. Bon Iver – I Live In The Woods
We live in the woods too and we’re always trying to slow down time. This tune does just that.

1. The Eagles – New Kid In Town
Good singalong for the tour bus. Beautiful Harmonies. Don Henley is a dirty man.

Moment of the Year
We were honoured to be asked to play at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble earlier this year. He seemed to really like us and Simone was asked up to sing 2 verses of The Weight with him. A truly inspiring night.