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Duty Free

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States | SELF

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States | SELF
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"Review of 2/17/07 show in Concord, N.H."

“Quite frankly they put on magnificent live show. All the members of Duty Free are proficient at their instruments”… “They kept myself and the crowd very much entertained. If they come around in this area again, I will definitely check them out”

Rob Kleiner, Pelham Records (Review of 2/17/07 show Concord, N.H.)
- Pelham Records


"Buying Into Duty Free (Cover Story)"

"Lead singer Phil Butt's energy is contagious... while Eric turner and Travis Fuller trade licks like baseball cards..." "Duty Free... has well composed songs and plenty of originals on any given night..."



- The Hippo Press November 2005


"Thumbprint Productions"

...the Funked Out Jam Jazz Soul sound of Duty Free's onstage energy is addictive, and the interaction between the players and audience is almost tangible. It's this energy, coupled with their tight but free flowing live show, that made me want to film and feature Duty Free on Catch the Vibe Live Music Television.






- Art Murphy


"The Oxx Magazine"

"Duty Free is without a doubt the most talented local band I've ever covered and certainly among the best up and coming groups in New England. They are the rare combination of five exceptional musicians who put their egos aside to create a perfect blend of jammy-folk-funk-pop-rocking goodness. Do yourself a favor and see them locally while you still can, Duty Free is definitely going places."

James Cook - 7/23/06 The Oxx Magazine

- Cook


"Going National"

..(Duty Free), winners of the city-wide battle of the Band finals, will now advance to the national finals held in New York City. - Express Magazine


Discography

Duty Free (self titled) EP
Track 1. Heavy "D" (featured on Spider-Bite Radio, Manchester, NH)
2.Give Me Your Keys
3.Roarin' Call N' U
4.Bottom of the Well

An Evening at Mike's EP
1.Romeo Blue
2.Can't Get Next To You
3.Jesus Lizard
4.The Takeover
5.Briefcase

Live @ the Dover Brickhouse (Mix of live tracks and a bonus of studio favorites)
Capo
Groove
8 days
Briefcase
Know The Way
Heavy "D"
Next To You
Keys
Roarin' Call
Take 5
Joints

Live From The Millyard 10/28/07 Independent Release/ Limited Edition 250 copies (Sold Out)
Groovy
Stuck On You
Godfather
Next To You
Capo
This Is How We Do It
Monty
Mountain Jam

Don't Block The Sunshine (Official Release)
Capo
Don't Block The Sunshine
The Sherpa Song
Low Tide
Metroid
Briefcase

Duty Free has also recorded several live shows and credits their fanbase for the huge distribution of them over the past few years.

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Bio

*1st Place 2006 Jillian's National Battle of the Bands Competition.

*Invited to be the opening band at the 2006 Amsterjam Festival in New York City featuring Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Busta Ryhmes, and L.L. Cool J.

*(Only unsigned band invited to the Amsterjam festival.)

"Duty Free is without a doubt the most talented local band I've ever covered and certainly among the best up and coming groups in New England" - The Oxx Magazine

"Lead singer Phil Butt's energy is contagious... while Eric turner and Travis Fuller trade licks like baseball cards..." - The Hippo Press

“Quite frankly they put on a magnificent live show..." “They kept myself and the crowd very much entertained. If they come around in this area again, I will definitely check them out” - Rob Kleiner - Pelham Records

*A band that is diverse enough to deliver a full show of covers or originals on any given night!

Forming in late 2002 in a small town in southern New Hampshire, Duty Free serves up a steady blend of jazz/funk influenced songs sprinkled with a dash of complimenting melody. The original line-up consisting of Phil Butt - Vocals, Travis Fuller - Electric Guitars, Eric Turner – Guitar/Vocals, Tom Benson - Bass and Eric Boulter on the Drums, played together for several years catering to the likes of smoky bars, packed clubs, college campuses and festivals all over the Northeast. With original compositions and classic re-worked covers, the band's following and popularity grew steadily throughout New England. In 2006, the band's "dedication to quality live performances" and "contagious energy" (Hippo Press) provided the band with several opportunities to spread their music. The biggest of which came in August of 06’ when Duty Free prevailed through both State and Regional competitions for the nation-wide battle of the bands search. As a finalist, Duty Free was judged alongside 250+ bands from across the US and Canada before being chosen as the National Champion. Capitalizing on their success, the band was then asked to open the 2006 Amsterjam Festival in New York City with big name acts like Tom Petty and Foo Fighters. Duty Free was the only unsigned band invited to the festival.

However by early 2007 after hundreds of shows and over 5 years together, Duty free announced its original line-up would disperse. Later that spring the band would re-emerge with some major changes. Guitarist Eric Turner can now be found on bass, while the additions of Jake Sherman (drums) and Eric Strathmeyer (keyboards) have revitalized the group providing both an explosion of new influence and seasoned chops. While rehearsing with the new lineup, the original members of the band finished their first album Don’t Block The Sunshine, released August 08’. The album features all original material that was forged in an array of musical styles. They range from the title track which is a pure hip-hop - funk tune, to the acoustic driven melodies of Capo.

With a brand new line-up, a new album, and fresh songs to match, Duty Free is picking up where they left off. They have now established themselves as a band synonymous with high-energy shows and positive vibes. The band's open musical style continues to attract a wide range of listeners from Phish-phans to N.W.A. loyalists. Whether it’s hip-hop medleys, classic covers, a cappella numbers, acoustic soul-tunes or extended funk-jams, the diversity of Duty Free coupled with their dedication to quality live performances continues to attract even the most prudent of listeners.