|Al Dual, Winner Best Rockabilly Male Award 2018
El Toro Records
Al Dual. Spanish guitarist, composer, songwriter, producer and performer. Duals name is clearly a reflection of his ability to switch from one musical style to another. Though Al originates from Spain, he is fluent with the universal language of music. Al's musical roots first stemmed from 50's Rock & Roll and promptly branched to Rockabilly, Blues, Surf, Western Swing, Jazz and Classical. Duals interest in a variety of music Led him to travel Europe and America to master several styles.
Duals first journey to United States was in 2002. He landed in Music City -- Nashville, Tennessee, where he immersed himself in North American musical roots. Sun Records and Honky Tonk Row opened the doors, and Al Dual found a new world. This passage led him to discover a deep understanding of the diversities between cultures and more essentially the common bond we can all share: music. In years to follow. Al would offer his talents as a guitarist, composer of BSOs and movie orchestration. Radio and TV production, album production, as well as song co-writer. Consistently eager to widen his musical education, in 2007 he completed classical guitar studies, as well as Film Composition and Orchestration. Al learned from the great masters.
In 2015 appears his first LP, The Early Tapes & Instrumental Rare © Retrosonic. Musica Fundamental 2015 (Huelva, Spain), where he shows early recordings with his particular vision of classics surf and Rock & Roll themes. Although Dual is well-known as the Guitarist for Spain's superb Rockabilly act. "Pike Cavalero" with whom he has played in all Spanish and European Rockabilly Festivals, he had also played with numerous great artists in Spain such as Charlie Hightone, and US as Chris Casello, Eddie Nichols. Paul Pigat, Tommy Harkenrider, Mike Turturro, Ron Felton, Lisa Pankratz, Mike Sanchez, Sue Moreno, Chan Romero, Ron Landis, Chuc Onofrio, Matthew Menke & many more.
He has performed at best greats clubs across Europe also American as "Kensington Club", "The Tower", "Spike's", "Till Two Club", "The Juke Joint", "Eastside Luv" and "The Continental Club" in Austin, Texas. After a long period of composition and recording. Al Dual shows himself in a new facet, more complete and mature as a singer and guitarist. With the birth of his new EP begins 2018 gigs with a wild repertoire as the frontman of his new band.
October 2017, El Toro Records, Barcelona
This is my EP debut as singer at the front of my own band. During the last years I've been playing as lead guitar of several European Rockabilly artists. Since the begining of 2017 I've decided to go on my own with the release of our first EP titled "Blue's Back In Town". This work is the first of a serie of three EP's that will end with the release of a CD edition, everything published with El Toro Records.
It has been a long work of composing, producing and recording this EP. I always go for a rather crude sound. I don't like the slap on the bass or the effects like Delay or Reverb, even when they are analog. The EP has been recorded at Geek Studio (Madrid), mixed at Moma Musicstudio (Valencia) and mastered in the heart of Music Row, at mastering studios Georgetown Masters, Nashville, TN by one of the best mastering engineers at the moment. Artists such as Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Sonny Burges, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich or Carl Perkins, mastered their works at this classic masters studio.
The vinyl record artwork and the video clip of our first single "Blues's Back In Town" has been produced, realized and assembled by one of the best photographers and graphic artists of our country in this style the sensational Antonio Alay, where he has left his impront with the crudeness of the planes and tones. My influences are Hank Garland, Grady Martin, Eddie Hill, Johnny Horton, Eddie Bond, etc... and everything about the original guitar and Roots Music styles.
Al Dual is listed as a Second Generation Artist along with such roots music greats as the Stray Cats, Danny Gatton, Robert Gordon, Nick Curran, Dave Edmunds, High Noon, The Blasters, Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Levi Dexter, James Intveld, Billy Burnett, Eddie Angel and many more.
2nd generation are artists that have recorded or performed post 1963. Bob Timmers, Founder and Curator of the Official Rockabilly Hall of Fame ® since 1997 said "After the pioneers of rockabilly made their initial
This section of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame is devoted to that 2nd Generation. "In an ongoing effort, we will list the artists and individuals that we feel have made a significant contribution to rockabilly music in recent years." Along with its building in Nashville, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame is an outstanding website where people can find videos, mp3s, history, and memorabilia on their favorite roots artists.
Press release 2018 courtesy of Al Dual