Dudley Taft grew up in a country called the “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 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 resurrect 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. His latest release, Screaming In The Wind, produced by Emmy award winner Tom Hambridge and featuring Reese Wynans on keyboards is available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. 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, notably the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2011 and Dzień Bluesa in Warsaw, Poland in 2014. The band finished it’s latest tour of northern Europe in May of 2015.
Dudley’s music can be heard in movies and on television, most notably The Sixth Sense, and on That Metal Show, Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels and many more.