The Drivers break onto the Boston music scene at The Western Front
in neighboring Cambridge, MA—classic ’“incubator” club launching
Cassandra Wilson, First Edition, Webster Lewis, Kelvinators & others.


The Drivers forge their hard-earned reputation as one of the all time
great party bands—playing virtually every college & university in
New England, as well as paying their dues on the roadhouse circuit.

   

The Drivers release their premiere
album, Cruisin’—produced by Eddie
Kramer at Jimi Hendrix’ fabled Electric
Lady Land Studios
—as the world’s
longest continuous party begins to
warm up (see Discography).

 

   

The Drivers follow up their first recording
with Rollin’ On—featuring the band’s
signature rendition of the R&B classic,
Check Your Bucket

(see Discography).


The Drivers begin to break into the national spot light—sharing
larger stages with rock ‘n’ roll greats, including (listed alphabetically):

Aerosmith
BB King
Deep Purple
Doctor John / Mac Rebenac
Doobie Brothers
J Geils Band
Junior Walker & the All-Stars
Lou Reed

Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
New York Dolls
REO Speed Wagon
Billy Squier
Steely Dan
Pat Travers
Johnny Winter
ZZ Top


The Drivers take different exits off the road of life as new pursuits
occupy their individual radar screens—and their first major absence
is shrouded in rumor & mystery—thus, legend begins to write itself.

   

Many life experiences/marriages, etc.
later—The Drivers reconvene to record
ALIVE! at an outdoor Boston concert—
as, on extremely short notice, thousands
gather and wildly celebrate the long
awaited return of one of their favorite
bands (see Discography).


Radar reception is once again intermittent as The Drivers enjoy
their families & other pursuits, occasionally producing music, etc.


Drivers’ early drummer, Bobby Chouinard passes away after a life
in music—working post-Drivers with a wide & varied array of artists
from Billy Squier, Cher, Ted Nugent, Peter Wolf and Alice Cooper to
rockabilly icon, Robert Gordon—to cite only a very few (see Links).


Rumors about a Drivers resurgence begin bubbling to the surface…


Rumors are confirmed in late fall as the The Drivers re-emerge in three
“SOULED” OUT nights at the original House Of Blues, Cambridge, MA,
performing and recording with fresh, musical maturity and surprises.

The Drivers mark this chapter by bringing along The Uptown Horns
led by Crispin Cioe, Sax (Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, James Brown,
Joe Cocker, etc.) both for performances and their return to the studio.

   

A new recording, Check Your Bucket LIVE
is officially introduced at The Drivers’ CD
release party at Boston’s hottest night spot,
Kings (see Discography).

The Drivers perform throughout their original, New England base
including concert appearances with Dickie Betts, Tower Of Power, etc.

The Boston Globe, Herald, etc. rave enthusiastically about The Drivers.


The Drivers continue building momentum…

Receiving national airplay on XM Satellite Radio and Boston’s
venerable WZLX 100.7 FM…

Appearing at Boston's premier music showcase, Sculler’s. then,
during their Just Ain't The Rock/Trunk O’ Funk Summer Tour ‘04
at a series of outdoor music & blues Festivals, and the first-ever
Check Your Bucket On Nantucket
—as well as at Boston’s Hatch
Memorial Shell
to the delight of thousands, including generations
of fans...

Beginning to record with legendary producer & engineer, Joe Blaney
(Keith Richards, Neville Bros., Prince, Clash, B-52s, etc., see Links)...

Welcome one of the nation’s master breweries, Harpoon as the
first, new millennium Official Sponsor of Duke And The Drivers.

   

The Drivers wrap up nearly two
years of studio sessions—completing
their latest recording, Harder Than
Before
virtually “one gem” at a time with
Joe Blaney at his Joe B Studios, NYC
and (Tony) Bennett Recording in NJ,
working with incomparable guest
artists (see Products).

The Drivers follow The Alan Parsons Project onto the stage at the world
renowned Mohegan Sun resort casino, also performing elsewhere with
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
making summer of 2005 that much hotter.

Western Front owner & founder, Marvin Gilmore reminisces in The
Boston Phoenix
, the region’s widely respected alternative news & arts
weekly about this “raggedy group of guys” that “believe me … could
play,” noting their “Pied Piper charisma” for drawing crowds, and that
“the ladies really liked them”(see Press)—he was of course speaking
fondly of The Drivers—who’s story is still unfolding three decades later,
yet to be fully revealed…