John Dubuc stops by DATV to chat with @theizzyrock about his new album from Magnaphone Records released in June 2019, childhood memories, influences, rig rundown, and much more.
The singer-songwriter has certainly come a long way from the precocious 13-year-old who formed the punk band, the Obvious, with his buddies in the summer of 1983. That group released two singles, an EP and an album before dissolving unceremoniously in Chicago in the mid-1990s.
Dubuc spent a decade in the Windy City, where he played in the bands John Henry’s Train and Face For Radio. After returning to the Dayton area in the early 2000s, he performed solo and as a sideman in other groups but resisted forming another band until 2017.
Dubuc recently discussed the making of “Where Have I Been All Your Life?” and his roots rock group, the Guilty Pleasures, which features Rich Reuter (guitar, keyboards), Tom Rastikis (bass) and Brian Hoeflich (drums).
Where Have I Been All Your Life? It’s a valid question coming from long-time favorite, but under-recorded, song smith John Dubuc.
Well, for many, this master of wit and melody has been a familiar voice at songwriter nights, coffee shops and late-night bars in southern Ohio for most of the time they’ve been catching live music. There’s just never been a record…
Fortunately, a couple years ago, Dubuc formed a fruitful recording partnership with bassist and studio wiz Tom Rastikis and a cast of heavy hitters began buzzing around the sessions. What we get with the debut is a fully realized and meticulously curated collection of Dubuc’s best work embellished by some of the best players in the Dayton, OH music scene. It’s familiar and rooted in Midwestern rock and roll heritage from the Twin Cities, through Chicago, past the band’s front porch and just slightly reaching down south, but also fresh and unlike anything you’re likely to have heard unless you’ve been fortunate enough to catch the recently formed Guilty Pleasures.
The ability to weave subtle humor with bittersweet, heartbreaking melodies is perhaps Dubuc’s greatest strength and while the expertly arranged music has abundant intrigue to captivate listeners alone, it’s his penchant for unpretentious, deadpan witticism that keeps us hitting “play” repeatedly.