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Dudley Taft / Press

“'Left For Dead' is not only a showboating exercise it is jaw-droppingly awesome, particularly if like your licks with touch and finesse. In my opinion he has the touch of say Paul Kossoff / Jimmy Page and the blues sensibilities of Stevie Ray Vaughan, so that, by definition, places him in great company.”

“A splendid “first release” by this singer guitarist who betrays his musical muse in sporting the ZZ Top beard and sunglasses on the inside cover. If you enjoy ZZ Top’s bluesy material, this is for you but there is more here. The classic Blues covers are well executed and fresh with their style makeover, but it’s the strength of the self penned material which makes this such a success by the guitar, bass and drums trio. ‘Ain’t No Game’ launches the 53 minute, 12 track CD with a trademark hard guitar riff and snarling vocal. ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ with the clear throaty vocal sitting nicely above the searing crescendo of flowing guitar work succeeds. The highlight is the superb title track with it’s potent lyrical imagery. Evocative and compelling lines lead into various Rootsy American scenarios where an abandoned victim is left for dead. [This is] a dynamic but nuanced and sensual set, a must for rocking blues fans.”

““Left For Dead” which encapsulates the spirit of the NW blues with lyrics like “My body hit the mattress, but my soul hit the floor”. I had to wonder if I wasn’t listening to the next Billy Gibbons or Joe Bonamassa. If you are new to the name Dudley Taft, he is no upstart to say the least, he’s been rocking crowds for years with regional superstars Spike and the Impalers and it’s going to take a tornado to knock this showman off his game. So if it’s a feast of thick and beefy guitar tones or a stratospheric riff rock, blue note rocket ride this collection of NW styled blues tunes is a must have for any serious rock blues music collection. by William Thomas Anderson RockTheBlues.com ”

“If you got a hankering to listen to some good old kick-ass blues/rock mixed with a dash of classic rock, then please step right up and grab yourselves Dudley Taft's Debut Release "Left For Dead". "Left For Dead" is a non-stop feast for the ears in the timeless tradition of old ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan, which is sure to be recognized as one of 2010's best albums in this style. Consisting of 12 great tracks, 7 originals and 5 covers, Dudley Taft has no problem showing his virtuosity as not only one amazing axe man, but also his superb talent as a song writer. I really enjoy listening to a great debut album and "Left For Dead" is simply one of those Albums. I give this CD's, my highest rating, Five ***** Excellent CD... Thoroughly enjoyed them... Highly Recommended... Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) ”