The great Duke Robillard is out as guitarist on Bob Dylan’s current tour and the circumstances are a bit mysterious.
Robillard played at Dylan’s June 30 show in Nashville but former Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton was on stage on July 2 in Memphis. Sexton previously played with Dylan from 1999 to 2002 and 2009 to 2012.
Dylan’s camp is quiet on the change and Robillard is not being specific, posting on his Facebook “For Sale: Bob Dylan CD and record collection, slightly used.” The message has since been taken down but Duke has made reference to selling guitars and amps soon and that it is not “emergency situation.”
Even today, Robillard is sending mixed messages. He posted “How can you NOT love BD? Guess I’ll be keeping CD’s! LOL” but followed it up a couple hours later with a response to a number of people asking about the situation with “Like a Dylan song itself, it’s not intended that you know, until I finish my book anyway. And that may be a long wait! But I’m working on it……”
Robillard co-founded Roomful of Blues with Al Copley in 1967 and later replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. His work can be heard on more than fifty albums including his own solo work.