It takes a very specific skill package to be an accomplished sideman, with musicianship and congeniality at the top of the list. Duke Levine brings those qualities in spades, but his versatility, humility, and self-awareness also play critical roles in a career rich with high-profile tours and notable recording projects.

Among the artists he's toured and/or recorded with are Peter Wolf, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Aimee Mann, and Otis Rush, plus he's performed on a host of TV shows (Letterman, Conan, Fallon, Austin City Limits), and many other projects. Levine has also recorded six albums as a leader, with a new one in the works that provides a fresh take on several chestnuts from the 1970s.

During this episode, you'll learn more, plus you'll hear a lot of his music—from his recordings, and played live on his Fender Telecaster in his studio during the conversation.

Related Links

Duke Levine's website

Video for Whispering Pines (originally recorded by the Band)