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 writing and 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 propulsion.
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 founded 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 the album Left For Dead in 2011. Deep Deep Blue followed in 2013, and along with Left For Dead was released in Europe on the M.i.G. label. Screaming In The Wind debuted in 2014 followed by Skin and Bones in 2015, featuring Reese Wynans on keyboards. Live In Europe was released in 2016 and Taft's latest studio album, Summer Rain, was released on September 15th, 2017. All his albums are available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby and his website. Dudley now makes his home in Cincinnati, OH.
Since 2011 the Dudley Taft band has toured the US and Europe, playing clubs, theaters and festivals. In 2017, Dudley was nominated "Best Guitarist" by the European Blues Society. His latest release, Simple Life, held several chart positions in the Roots Music Report, including the #2 Blues Rock single "Give Me a Song."
Dudley's music can be heard all around the world on most every streaming site, Sirius XM Radio and your favorite local blues show. His music has been featured in movies and on television, most notably The Sixth Sense, and on That Metal Show, Gene Simmon's Family Jewels and many more.