Screaming In The Wind
(American Blues Artist Group)
Blues Rocker Dudley Taft recently relocated back to the Midwest but he certainly bought back some of that Seattle sound with him. His third solo release Screaming In the Wind was recorded in Nashville by the man with the Midas touch, producer Tom Hambridge but make no mistake this is no country album and as Taft says himself “this aint your granddaddy’s blues” either. The twelve songs cover an expansive muscular landscape of heavy grooves supplied by bass man John Kessler, drummers Jason Paterson and Hambridge and some great guests including former SRV sideman Reese Wynans on organ and the legendary Muscle Shoals horn section. The clever rhythmic reinvention of blues standard ‘Hard Time Killing Floor,’ kicks off the album and then the horns join in for a slinky cover of Freddie King’s ‘Pack It Up.’
The time shifting boogie ‘Red Line,’ reminds us it’s all about the guitar as Taft demonstrates what he has learned as a disciple of Billy Gibbons and the Texas sound. The title track began as sound bite theme for American Blues Scene and under the tutelage of Hambridge developed into a grungy blues anthem, sort of a fusion of Alice In Chains and SRV. Taft then tries a couple pop rock experiments, the topical 3DHD and the island tinged ‘Rise Above It,’ before returning to the blues on ‘The Reason Why,’ which features some classic B3 counterpoint from Wynans. Taft shows his 90’s rock roots on the Middle Eastern tinged ‘Rise Above It.’ The McCrary sisters add authentic gospel sound to the sing along drinking song ‘Barrio,’ along with some smooth Spanish guitar from Taft. The Seattle sound returns on the rolling groove rocker ‘Sleeping In The Sunlight,’ with the apt lyric “I’d be sleeping in the sunlight, I’d be dancing in the rain.” The album concludes with the atmospheric ‘Say You Will,’ featuring a Pink Floyd like synthed-out guitar coda. Yes more Guitar.
Rick J Bowen