Duane Denison

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Duane Denison
Genres Alternative rock, experimental rock, noise rock, punk blues, post-punk
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1987–present
Labels Touch and Go, Capitol, Ipecac Recordings, Riot House Records
Associated acts The Denison/Kimball Trio
The Jesus Lizard
Th' Legendary Shack Shakers
Silver Jews

Duane Denison is an American guitarist best known for work with the avant garde, influential rock band The Jesus Lizard. Denison currently plays for Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Jesus Lizard (which he recently re-united with after a 9-year break-up), and Tomahawk.[1] He has played for Firewater. He began his musical career by studying classical guitar. Denison and ex-Ministry bassist Paul Barker recently collaborated to form a new band, U.S.S.A.. U.S.S.A. released one album in 2007, titled The Spoils. He has also played with Hank Williams III's "Damn Band" and Silver Jews. Denison supplied the lead guitars on EmptyMansions snakes/vultures/sulfate released on April 2, 2013.

He is recognized as one of the most powerful and unique guitarists of the late 1980s and 1990s, known for his complicated scales, hard-driving rhythms, and riffs that combine a pastiche of blues, punk, jazz, and classical sounds.


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Duane Denison". allmusic. Retrieved 8 May 2010.