Cuff the Duke is a Canadian band from Oshawa, Ontario. They play a blend of traditional country and folk music with indie rock influences, and can be categorized as an alt-country group.
Cuff the Duke formed in Oshawa, drawing their name from a shirt purchased by front-man Wayne Petti at a secondhand shop. Starting as a duo consisting of Petti and Jeff Peers, the band later expanded to include bass player Paul Lowman and drummer Brad Fudge. In 2002 they released their first album, Life Stories for Minimum Wage on Three Gut Records. They spent the next few years touring with Hayden, acting as his backing band. In 2005 they released their second album, Cuff the Duke on Hardwood Records.
The line-up for Cuff the Duke has evolved, with the consistent members thus far being Wayne Petti and Paul Lowman. With Dale Murray now in Cuff the Duke, the band has taken on a more polished tone, due to his pedal steel and guitar playing. Patrick Conan (who temporarily filled in for Matt Faris who has been side-lined from playing live due to wrist surgery) has been a steady drummer and has filled Matt Faris' shoes well. Paul Aucoin of the Hylozoists also occasionally performs live with Cuff the Duke playing vibraphone, glockenspiel and percussion. Paul also produced Cuff the Duke's self-titled album in 2005. Since June 2007, Corey Wood has taken on the role of Cuff the Duke's drummer, and is now an official member of the band.
Cuff the Duke utilizes a wide range of instruments, of these the more notable instruments are bells, Moog synthesizers, wind organs, Hammond organs and lap steel.
On March 16, 2007 a Cuff the Duke recording was released on The Secret Sessions, a tribute album to the Rheostatics. The band recorded a version of "Claire", which was originally released on the Rheostatics' Introducing Happiness. The Secret Sessions is available from Canadian digital indie label Zunior.
On October 23, 2007 Cuff the Duke's album Sidelines of the City was released.
Petti and Murray have also released solo albums.
On April 22, 2008 Cuff the Duke performed with Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo at a taping of the CBC Radio show Fuse at CBC's Studio 40 in Ottawa. On September 8, 2009 they released the album Way Down Here, which was produced by Keelor.
Wayne Petti - vocals, guitars, keyboards, harmonica, bass (2001-present),
Paul Lowman - bass, fiddle, keyboards, backing vocals, mandolin, guitars, lap steel (2001-present),
François Turenne - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2009-present),
AJ Johnson - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2011-present),
Thom Hammerton - keyboards (2011-present),
Jeff Peers - guitar, keyboards, percussion (2001-2005),
Brad Fudge - drums, percussion (2001-2003),
Steve Krecklo - lead guitar, lap steel, keyboards, organ, percussion, backing vocals (2002, for Life Stories for Minimum Wage),
Matt Faris - drums, percussion (2003-2006),
Dale Murray - guitar, pedal steel, backing vocals (2005-2011),
Patrick Conan - live drums, percussion (2006),
Paul Aucoin - live keyboards, percussion (2005-2006),
Christopher Sandes - live keyboards (2007-2008),
Corey Wood - drums, percussion (2006-2010),
Jordan Howard - lead guitar (live) (2012)