Dudley Taft Live reviews

Infernally grooving with an iridescent charm

“Crikey, Taft’s really got what it takes – namely a pretty special mix of blues, rock and grunge, which the US guitarist presented in a refreshingly unpretentious style at the jam-packed Gdanska.
A hellishly grooving shebang above which Dudley Taft celebrated his Texas blues-inspired guitar lines. During the more rock-oriented tracks, his fingers seemed to fly across the strings of a white Stratocaster while he opted for a black Les Paul for the more balladesque numbers. The warm voice which entrancingly lent expression to his songs made for an unexpected contrast.
… the audience celebrated this pretty damn awesome guitarist and his band with an appropriate amount of noise.”


Amazing technical finesse and infectious passion

“A powerful, earthy, cheeky trio trip that’s typical of the genre and gyrates, delirious with joy, on the threshold between deliberate-spherical blues rock and reckless rock.
The expectant audience … thoroughly enjoys this seething mix of tradition and modernity. Taft delivers a colourful mélange of older material and brand-new numbers from his truly impressive “Summer Rain” album. Phat rocking titles such as Edge of Insane, Pistols at Ten Places and Dark Blue Star or indeed the wafting ballad Live Or Die … set the audience ablaze and Taft continues to add fuel to the fire before launching, together with his two mates who also do a fantastic job,
into the next title with a brief smile.”


Thoroughbred musicians in their element

“… heads nodding in time to the music, appreciative and enthusiastic faces and lots of applause at the Earth-Music Hall for American musician Dudley Taft and his two band colleagues. “Wow,” gasps an impressed audience member after the first song, and the likeable guitarist and vocalist obviously has a really good time … rocking the stage. Encore calls and seemingly endless applause make the three return to the stage after what had originally been intended to be their final song. You can tell from their faces that they enjoy themselves up there and relish what they’re doing.”


Groove and power at an exceptional grand finale

„That night, Dudley Taft is the man of the hour who has arrived with his band, bassist Kasey Williams and drummer Marty McCloskey, in tow. In his versatile music, the Texas sound of ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan plays just as big a part as Robin Trower and Jeff Healey. Along with original songs such as “Skin and Bones”, Taft also presents adaptations of Bob Dylan (“Meet Me In The Morning”) and Warren Haynes (“If Heartaches Were Nickels”) material. And of course also Freddie King, whom he actually pays homage to twice: first with the pounding “Palace of The King” and during the awesome finale also with “Goin’ Down”, which may originally have
been penned by Don Nix, but has never before released so much groove and energy. A furioso conclusion to an immensely entertaining night.“