Making a Scene Interviews Dudley Taft!
Dudley Taft grew up in the American Midwest, where he learned the values of friendship, roots, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and a good ear of corn. With a background that includes Berklee College of Music as well as years touring with rock bands, Sweet Water and Second Coming, Dudley is a thinking man’s blues rocker. There’s plenty of swagger here, but also the sensitivity of a thoughtful songwriter. In his music you’ll hear delta roots mingling with Seattle grunge, a southern twang with a high-octane crunch. Dudley was nominated “Best Guitarist” by the European Blues Awards in 2017.
Dudley’s music career began in high school when he founded the band Space Antelope with friend Trey Anastasio (of Phish). In the 1990’s he joined the Seattle band, Sweet Water, touring the states with Monster Magnet, Candlebox and Alice in Chains. After recording two albums for Atlantic, he left the band to join Second Coming. More touring followed with an album on Capitol Records and a taste of success thanks to the single ‘Vintage Eyes’ which made it to #10 on the Rock Radio charts. In 2006, Dudley started playing blues rock in Seattle, and released five studio albums (“Left For Dead” in 2010, “Deep Deep Blue” in 2012, “Screaming In The Wind” in 2014, “Skin And Bones” in 2015 & “Summer Rain” in 2017) and one live album, “Live In Europe” in 2016. Reese Wynans of Stevie Ray Vaughan fame has played on the last three studio records.
Dudley has had four #1 songs on the Hit Tracks Top 100 charts, and his music can be heard on SiriusXM Bluesville, Pandora, Spotify, and many other streaming services. Dudley’s music has been featured in movies and on television, most notably “The Sixth Sense,” “That Metal Show” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” Dudley now makes his home in Cincinnati, Ohio.