Today were happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of the new single and video from Dudley Taft.
Dudley Taft picks up his guitar, retrieves a pick from its headstock, and blazes through a collection of twelve tracks infused with rock n’ roll riffs, sonic textures and musical diversity on his new album Simple Life to be released on September 6 on vinyl, CD and digitally.
He introduces the record with the first single “Give Me A Song.” Upheld by a hummable riff, a thick groove and a chantable chorus. Taft explains:
“Give Me a Song” is about the elation of finding the right girl after the disaster of being with the wrong girl!” “This video was shot on the streets and railroad tracks of Cincinnati in the neighborhoods I hang out in, and at a festival we played on the river. And it was about 95º!! Also, I made $3 in the busking shots… hahaha
On Simple Life the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer delivers contemplative songwriting between bouts of howling guitar and delicate delivery. For the album, Taft enlisted the talents an all-star cast of musicians to round out the sound, including drummers Walfredo Reyes JR. [Santana, Chicago, Steve Winwood], Summer Rain collaborator Mike Taponga, and newcomer Chris Ellison.
I’m enjoying the Simple Life right, The songs are about being in love. It’s real. It’s natural. It’s me. It’s probably my most honest record. I freed myself from all of those self-imposed structures and allowed the music to happen.
Taft is serving notice that for all his years of experience, he is still a considerable force. The Midwest native went from co-founding Space Antelope alongside future Phish icon Trey Anastasio in high school to attending Berklee College of Music to founding Seattle staple Sweet Water. He joined Second Coming in 1997 and recorded the group’s seminal self-titled debut, which yielded the Top 10 hit “Vintage Eyes” and “Soft.” 2006 saw him kick off a successful solo career highlighted by a prolific string of releases:
Left for Dead , Deep Deep Blue , Screaming in the Wind  Skin and Bones , and Summer Rain . In between canvasing the United States on tour, he enamored audiences across Europe. His impressive playing and intimate songcraft resounded around the globe with the European Blues Society nominating him for “Best Guitarist” in 2017.Buy / Stream The Single