Personnel: Duke Robillard (vocals, guitar); Jimmie Vaughan (guitar); Mac Rebennack (piano); Ron Levy (Hammond b-3 organ); Thomas Enright (bass guitar); Doug Hinman , Tommy Dequattro (drums); Scott Billington (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gregg Lunsford; Rob Feaster; Walter Turbitt; Nick Stevens.
Audio Remasterer: Jonathan Wyner.
Recording information: Aryln Sound, Austin, TX; Blue Jay Recording Studio, Carlisle, MA; Lakewest Recording, West Greenwich, RI; Newbury Sound, Boston, MA; Normandy Sound, Warren, RI; Syncro Round Recorders, Boston, MA.
Photographer: Jack Vartoogian.
Once an original member of Roomful Of Blues (and later, the Fabulous Thunderbirds), guitarist Duke Robillard has had a protean career, switching gears between blues, rockabilly, jazz, and rock & roll, and excelling at them all. ESSENTIAL draws upon his recordings for the Rounder label 1985-90, parading 10 reasons why Duke is one of the hottest and most versatile of American guitar royalty.