Dudley Taft’s Simple Life album release party and show will take place on October 26 at the Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave) in Covington with an opening set by Brent James. Taft’s Simple Life is a collection of twelve tracks infused with rock n’ roll riffs, sonic textures and musical diversity, available now on vinyl, CD and digital platforms.
On the new album the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer bottles truth between bouts of boisterous blues guitar, delicate delivery, and pensive lyrical ruminations. These twelve tracks detail the world around him in nuanced fashion, zeroing in on the wonder of every day and celebrating it. “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.”
A lifelong journey enabled him to achieve such clarity. The Midwest native went from co-founding Space Antelope alongside future Phish icon Trey Anastasio in high school to founding Seattle staple Sweet Water whose touring resume boasted storied jaunts with everyone from Alice In Chains to Candlebox. 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.” 2008 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.
Taft encourages joy with a little bit of distortion and a whole lot of heart on Simple Life. “The more I write about basic human interactions and feelings, the more honest it is,” he leaves off. “I just want people to know they’re not alone in what they’re going through. I hope you get to know me as a real guy and connect to the songs.”