Les Dudek review…June 2, 2013…

LES DUDEK

DELTA BREEZE

CDBABY.COM/CD/LESDUDEK

CHAOS–DELTA BREEZE–HIGH ON THE WATER–WIDE OPEN IN THE WIND–I TOLD YOU THAT–TIME WILL TELL–ONE WHITE LIE–TAKE MY MONEY–TROUBLE WITH THE LAW–TAKE–THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS

 

Les Dudek is a rock legend around these parts, and many fans have heard him, and may not have realized they were listening to him.  His guitar is all over Boz Scaggs’  Seventies breakout album, “Silk Degrees,” as well as on several of Steve Miller’s classic releases.  And, he plays part of that dual lead guitar on “Ramblin’ Man,” as well as acoustic guitar on “Jessica” from the Allman Brothers Band classic “Brothers And Sisters” album.

He’s had quite a solo career, too.  Our favorite of his earlier works is a song called “Gonna Move,” which has become a staple of Susan Tedeschi’s live shows.  For his seventh solo album, entitled “Delta Breeze,” Les stays true to his Southern-rock roots on these eleven originals.  Joining him on this sweet ride are Dan Walters on bass, Gary Ferguson on drums, and Joe Skinner on the rub-board.  “Chaos” kicks things off, and it is a guitar lovers dream.  Les uses swooping, flaring leads and jazz-inflected chord changes to bring to mind those classic Southern rock instrumental jams.   The title cut reminds us all to live each day as if it were our last, and to be true to oneself.  The set closes with another poignant song, “These Are The Good Old Days.”  It features excellent guitar work, and Les uses it to leave a legacy with this cut, telling us that tomorrows are never promised, and that life should be enjoyed to the fullest.

 

He gets in plenty of good jabs at the powers that be, too.  A tongue-in-cheek poke at the government, which seems hell-bent to “Take My Money” (and my guns, too!!) rides over a cool, second-line rhythm pattern.  He takes a tougher stance on “Take,” with its swirling guitars and warnings of those who’d go after everything you’ve got—including your soul.  “Trouble With The Law” is a jumpin’ shot of roadhouse boogie, and has Les blowin’ a mighty mean harp.

 

Our favorite was an easy choice.  Les breaks out the slide for a rockin’ anthem for all his biker brothers who are “leathered up and ready to ride,” entitled “Wide Open In The Wind.”

Albums that keep the faith of true Southern rock are few and far between, but Les Dudek has sho’ nuff crafted one in “Delta Breeze.”  Grab your copy today over at   CDbaby.com/CD/LesDudek  and ENJOY!!

 

Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

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