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 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.
Dudley Taft has been playing blues rock since 2006, when he formed Dudley Taft Blues Overkill with like-minded Seattle musicians. After playing clubs and casinos in the Pacific Northwest for a couple of years, he released the album Left For Dead. Taft has recorded and released a total of eight studio albums and one live CD, recorded on the European tours of 2014 and 2015. After Left for Dead in 2010 came Deep Deep Blue in 2012, Screaming In The Wind in 2014, Skin and Bones in 2015, Live In Europe in 2016, Summer Rain 2017, Simple Life in 2019, Cosmic Radio in 2020 and Guitar Kingdom in 2023.
Reese Wynans of Stevie Ray Vaughan fame has played on three of these studio albums. Dudley has had four #1 songs on the Hit Tracks Top 100 charts, a #2 Blues Rock single (Give Me A Song) and Simple Life made it to #9 on the US Blues Rock Album charts.
Taft has been touring in Europe since 2012, and in 2017 Taft was nominated “best guitarist” by the European Blues Awards. His music can be heard on BB King’s Bluesville on Satellite XM Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and other streaming services. Dudley's music has been featured in movies and on television, most notably The Sixth Sense, and on That Metal Show and Gene Simmon's Family Jewels. Dudley now makes his home in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His songs, his rough-hewn voice, his stinging lead guitar, all recorded in his own Cincinnati studio (that he bought from Peter Frampton in 2013), shows an artist maturing into the kind of dire threat who will not back down. – Goldmine Magazine
Dudley Taft sounds a lot smoother than he looks and his guitar work is a real discovery, he manages to fit some blisteringly complex licks into short phrases that compliment his pleasing vocal presentations. – Blues Matters Magazine
He is an unabashed blues rocker and his music draws on the best of both its progenitors and helps to define the genre. – Ben Vee Blues
I love rock & roll and I love the blues, and the way Dudley Taft puts them together has always done it for me. - Rock Doctor
Dudley has built a fanatic fan base in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. – Rootstime Belgium
Dudley Taft is an intriguing blend of blues influences like Elmore James, and Lightning Hopkins… There is some southern country rock, Texas blues, Seattle grunge and even some hard heavy rock all of which Dudley mashes together to deliver a sound that is more than the sum of the individual components. - Blues Rock Review
Somewhere along the musical spectrum resting firmly between the Texas Blues of ZZ Top and the SouthernRock of Lynyrd Skynyrd you will find the musical stylings of Dudley Taft. The guitar slinger is back with another batch of tunes that will rattle your teeth and shake your bones. Built around classic blues riffs, driving rock guitars and a hint of metal Dudley Taft continues to blend the past and present to create one hell of a bad ass sound. – Examiner.com Atlanta
Simple Life album reviews:
We get a taste of his myriad of influences on this album, all tempered with his deep-seated values of family, friends, roots and music. - Sheryl and Don Crow, -Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance
“Simple Life has turned into one of those blues rock albums that will make it into many a personal top ten at the end of the year. - ECLIPSED, Michael Lorant
The Dudley Taft Band’s latest release is one in a long line of albums rife with searing solos and impressive instrumentation from every band member. Taft’s impressive resume, which features songs in movies such as The Sixth Sense and a nomination for “Best Guitarist” by the European Blues Society, is evident on Simple Life, an album which surely supports the nomination and proves his ability as an open, honest, and skillful songwriter. - Blues Rock Review
This music is a throwback to the heady guitar band days of the seventies. The powerful rhythm sections hold everything down while Dudley’s guitars cut a mighty swath through the ether. The guitar tones are clear and crisp. Well crafted production values are at work here. The joys of loud, wild guitar fueled rip roaring rock are here to be relived. Dudley’s music is sure to get your engine revved up. - Blues Blast Magazine.