Eric Clapton Tribute: The Dominos

The History of Eric Clapton

British Rocker Eric Clapton, the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, emulated American Rhythm and Blues music to become the most commercially successful guitarist of all time. Comes now the Dominos, authentic American R&B players, with their take on the music of Eric Clapton. Lead by Randell Young on guitar and vocals, The Dominos also features Holy Holt on keys and vocals, Fred James on bass and vocals and Raymond Genovese on drums.

Randell Young began his professional career right out of high school playing in R&B clubs in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He has since gone on to work with numerous artists of note including: Canned Heat, Poncho Sanchez, Max Bennett, Mayuto Correa, Alphonse Mouzon, Shanica Knowles, David Garfield, Nicolette Larson, Tony Guerrero, Jeff Suttles, Billy Mitchell, John Bolivar, Mickey Champion, Rob Mullins, Nate Phillips, Reed Gratz, Tyrone Brunson, Melvin “Deacon” Jones, Harvey “Harmonica Fats” Blackston, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (of Steely Dan), Nesbert “Stix” Hooper (of The Jazz Crusaders), Jerald and Julie Harris (of Slapbak), Margot Chapman (of The Starland Vocal Band) and Rusty Cox (of The Dazz Band).

Randell Young holds an honorary doctorate in music (D.Mus.) from City University Los Angeles and has written instructional articles for such publications as Jazz Review, Guitar Review, Just Jazz Guitar, Indie Music, GuitarNoise, Six String Soul, Future Music, Music Gear Review, Guitarist, InterMusic, Galaris and Jazz Guitar magazines. His piece entitled On Soloing is still archived by FenderForum as The Best Guide to Soloing I’ve Ever Read!

A former member of the house band for NBC’s The David Allen Grier Show, Young has also served as music director for B. B. King’s Hollywood Country All-Stars (house band for B. B. King’s Legend in the Making Country Star Talent Search). His composition Don’t Know How to Love You is featured on MP3.com’s original Best of MP3 CD and in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to MP3: Music on the Internet (illustrated text with CD published by Alpha Books). As a solo artist he has opened for such luminaries as Larry Carlton, Etta James, Steve Lukather, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Leon Russell, Canned Heat and John Mayall.

Randell Young was signed directly by Artie Mogull to produce 20/20: Bob Dylan Revisited, a tribute to the prolific songwriter set to feature guest vocal performances by 20 stars originally discovered by Mogull, the late former Chairman and CEO of United Artists renowned in the music industry for having signed Bob Dylan to his first publishing contract (while an executive at Warner Brothers) and for launching the careers of such artists as The Kingston Trio, The Band, The Beach Boys, The Electric Light Orchestra, Hootie and the Blowfish, Anne Murray, Laura Nyro, Richie Havens, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Though the original vision of 20/20: Bob Dylan Revisited was derailed by Mogull’s untimely and unexpected passing, the mutual respect shared by Young and Mogull had developed into a such a sincere friendship that, rather than pocket the remaining budget, Young completed the project as an homage to the man that, in the history of the music business, ranks second only to Clive Davis in terms of discovering new talent. Needless to say, Mogull never got to review the finished product but he did hear and comment on the first five tunes: “The tracks sound terrific!” was the message Artie left on Randell’s answering service. The Blues of Bobby Zimmerman (a collection of 11 Dylan tunes featuring Randell Young on guitar and vocals) and 20/20: Bob Dylan Revisited (the entire two-album project) are both in the can but remain unreleased.

Randell Young’s most recent projects include writing, producing and recording a trilogy of concept albums for Libertalia, a nine-piece ensemble performing all original material which can best be described as modern American Rhythm & Blues with elements of Jazz, Rock, Reggae and WorldBeat.  Pre-Release (no CDs) just free tracks available at SoundCloud, Libertalia has already attracted nearly a quarter of a million facebook fans/followers.

Randell Young’s live performances have generated numerous and favorable reviews from a variety of sources. Los Angeles Times music critic Bill Kohlhaase credits Young with “a tight, cosmopolitan sound”. KSBR’s Infamous Aaron Blackwell assesses Randell Young as “a world-class blues master” while Orange County Register music critic Robert Kinsler touts Young as “a masterful blues player”. No less an authority on the Los Angeles music scene than the late Laura Mae Gross, former owner and proprietor of the city’s longest surviving blues club, Babe’s and Ricky’s (1964 to 2008), frequently boasted, “Randell is the best guitar player we got”.

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