The band is called Bobby Mc and The Dukes. As an artist, I am Bobby Mc but when I play live, I play with my band The Dukes. Bobby Mc is just another version of my actual name Bob Mc Quaid. When I decided to go with Bobby Mc, I thought that I wanted to give my band a name. I didn’t want Bobby Mc and band so I wanted to come up with their own name. I took inspiration from names like Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra etc… I settled on The Dukes after thinking about my favourite soul act, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes.
My influences would be Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Carole King and Harry Connick Jr. All for different reasons but when I heard Gregory’s Liquid Spirit album for the first time, I couldn’t believe it had been released this side of 2000. I thought music like that wasn’t released anymore and that it had to be an old record. This was a moment for me when I released my music, this old style jazz with a modern tone, has a place in mainstream modern music. Jamie Cullum echoed this for me when I listened to his interpretations of classics with modern twists.