Last Saturday night, Waynesburg native and Stanford business owner Jim Duff showed another side of his musical interests to fans gathered at Joe’s 4th Street Deli in Danville to play songs from his eponymous new album, “Jim Duff and the Necessities.”
The Necessities joined Duff onstage at Joe’s and, with the exception of Duff’s son Waylon, were all Nashville natives who made the three hour trip to Danville for one show. Seth Thomas (bass, harmonica and back up vocals) and Troy Jones (drums) are Duff’s longtime collaborators, but Duff laughingly called sax-man Ryan Latham a “hired gun.” Latham doesn’t appear on the new album, but you couldn’t tell by the niche he’s found in Duff’s lineup. The only giveaway was a music stand holding sheet music; Duff said Latham listened to the album and scored the saxophone part in no time.
The remaining band member in the Necessities’ lineup is Waylon Duff, 16, who proud father Jim calls “an incredibly talented guitarist.” Duff said the Pulaski High School student “picked up guitar faster than anyone I know. I try to show him things, but he’s so smart; he has taught me a lot about being a blues guitar player.”