Dudley Taft review…September 19, 2017…

DUDLEY TAFT

SUMMER RAIN

AMERICAN BLUES ARTISTS GROUP

FLYING ON LOVE–DARK BLUE STAR–SUMMER RAIN–EDGE OF INSANE–LIVE OR DIE–PISTOLS AT TEN PACES–DON’T LET IT FADE–MOONBEAM–COME WITH ME–I LOST MY WAY–FIND MY WAY BACK HOME

Hard-rockin blues man Dudley Taft has always had an intense passion for those that serve in our nation’s military, and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.  He’s taken that passion and channeled it into the eleven original cuts that comprise his fifth solo album, this one for American Blues Artists Group, “Summer Rain.”  The feeling of anguish thru long periods of separation from family permeates these songs, as well as a  feeling of toil that has no end.

The set leads off with Dudley’s trademark layered guitars laying the groundwork for “Flying On Love,” as memories of “fine tequila and sensimiila” help keep this soldier sane through the tough times.  The title cut uses the metaphor of constantly being battle-ready to that endless summer that begs for the rain to cool things off, and ultimately, wash away all  worldly troubles.  Dudley’s daughter, Charmae, is featured herein as a backing vocalist.

Longtime SRV keyboard man Reese Wynans is also featured throughout,  but his contributions to the Hendrix-inspired “Live Or Die” give this cut that extra somethin’ special that only Reese can do.  “Pistols At Ten Paces” takes a hard look at the true consequences of war, with a plea to “learn from their mistakes” for the future.  And, the set closes full-circle, using both acoustic and electric guitars to convey a soldier’s vow to, eventually, “Find My Way Back Home,” ’cause “this old bird needs two good wings to keep flying high!”

Dudley Taft realizes that separation due to fulfillment of military obligations is a necessary but daunting task.  He does what he does best–serve s  up a set of hard-biting blues with “Summer Rain,” to let those who wear the uniform and their families know just how much their efforts are appreciated.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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