Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to introduce you to my pick
for the "New Master of the Stratocaster"...Rudy
T! Rudy would
you please tell our readers who "Rudy T" is?
T) I began my music career
playing from Youngstown, Ohio to Geneva on the Lake-Cleveland,
Ohio with Spontaneous Combustion Band. Since I relocated to
California, I've recorded with Dick Dale @ RCA Records, Greg
& Chris Alsup, Recorded at Wayne Cook Productions with Wayne
Cook,(Cook was a previous member of Player). I have also recorded
with members of HWY 101, .38 Special and Faces (Rod Stewarts
band), Frank Zappa, and Ricky Skaggs. I also played at the
local Southern California scene, opening for such artists as The
Fixx, The Motels, L.A. Guns, The Drifters, The World Classic
Rockers. I also worked with Producer (Jimmy Miller) Walt
Marriner at Sound City Studios, as a producer working with Poco,
Stevie Nicks, Traffic and Eric Clapton. This producer was
extremely impressed with the talent, the energy and the
songwriting capabilities that I possessed and we were in the midst
of recording when Walt Marriner passed on. And due to the
knowledge that I received from this fabulous producer, I was
capable of completing my own CD's, 'Second
Hand Blues', 'On
the Rise CD1' - 'CD2'
and 'Love at Last'.
What made you want to learn the guitar?
The English invasion is what got me started. Hendrix
really put the icing on the cake.
What kind of amp do you use to get that sound?
My amp is a Mark IV Mesa Boogie, 70's model, 1-12" JBL. No
middle range, settings are: #1 on bass and #10 on treble, gives me
that bite I like I use a crybaby wah-wah, late 60's model, I've
had for years.
I know you use a Strat. Do you use any other guitars?
I used a Les Paul on my tune 'Lay it on the Line' and 'Hard Livin'
without you (Rock version but, Les Pauls are just too easy to play
and require no reach, and I have to reach to get what I'm looking
for , so a Strat is perfect for me.
So you prefer the Strat?
(Rudy T) The
Strat and the single coil pick-ups is what I like the best, as a
humbucker pick-up covers too many mistakes. I like to be
expressive with my notes and that makes more feeling to those
licks, you have to do them right. I like the clean sound and very
seldom do I use effects on my guitar, I feel its cheating but
peddles are great, they give a more modern sound which the younger
audience likes, so to use them is okay. I prefer to do it for
real. Use my skills to get it done.
Do you play any other instruments?
I'm a versatile player found at many gigs playing many instruments
Lead Guitar/Keyboards/Bass/Drums/my grandfathers 1929 Gibson
When you're in the studio what kind of sound do you look for?
(Rudy T) In
the studio, I like the raw sound, not a bunch of polished up
punched in junk, to me its not real, and needs to be expressed
from the heart, so I do little if none on punch ins.
I've seen some photos and it would appear that you and that guitar
are every where.
I love to play my guitar in many positions on stage, sometimes I
invent positions to play off the top of my head at a show. Kind of
surprises me at times, but I feel every note I play and play with
all my might with heavy gauge strings, like SRV.
Where did you record your CDs?
Except for Love at Last CD, most songs recorded at:
Sound City Studios - Panorama City, California
(and then re-mixed at the following studios:
The 'Second Hand Blues
' Cd was recorded at:
On the Rise CD1 and 2
' recorded at:
Rentz Studio - Rialto, California
SRO Studio - Fontana, California
Love at Last
' CD recorded at:
Palm Springs, California
Cd jacket designed by :
STM designing - NYC
What styles and influences form Rudy T?
My music styles are a cross between Southern Rock, Blues, Pop ,
Rock and Country Rock. BUT I'm especially at home playing Southern
Rock & the Blues.I
have quite a few influences but to name a few:
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton,
Albert King, Muddy Waters and lets not forget the good ole
Tim, would you give our readers some of your press reviews?
describes Rudy T as "A dynamic guitarist
that captures the essence of music and gives it to
the crowd as the gift that it is". "Irrespect all styles
music. Artists who can be themselves and have
something to say. It comes through to the audience".
He adds, "like Stevie Ray or Hendrix. They had
something to say and boy did they say it".
Rudy T as "This artist has a lot to offer as a outstanding,
dynamic, one of a kind lead guitar player, entertainer, and
songwriter, therefore this artist is on his way to becoming
"A Rising Star", so some A&R person/Record company
better grab him."
"This artist strives to get his words, heart and soul mixed
with his gutsy guitar licks to come out in all of his songs, As a
take off of SRV's 'Lenny', Rudy T has picked up where SRV
left off, in Rudy T's 'Mary', you can really hear the love and
feel of every note for his music coming out of this dynamic guitar
player......'Mary' comes from the heart and from deep within his
soul, just as Lenny did coming from the heart and soul of Stevie
Ray Vaughn. What a duel that would have been, SRV and Rudy T up on
stage, that would've been a memorable moment."
Mohave Daily News Weekender:
Kevin Enright: 4/2000
"Rudy T's Band held the room totally in thrall. For all fans
of the blues, this is your first chance in a long time to enjoy it
on the local scene."
"In his long
career he has been called on to perform various styles, but the
blues and Stevie Ray Vaughn personally are his greatest influence
and strongest drive."
T doesn't just play the
guitar, he eats it, he steps
on it, he plays behind his back , he turns it into a bass, and
I think he used it once for a piano. He is first and foremost a
musician but oh, the tricks he can play and the work he makes his
guitar perform. He must re-string after every evening."
(SBM) What performance
in 2002 did you enjoy the most?
April/2002 River Palms River Run Concert
Concert Co-ordinator - Len Gambina
I had the pleasure of performing with the following musicians
during this 4-day concert gig:
Len Gambina (harp)Paul Biondi (sax)Paul Weddel (bass)John
Bobby Lindstrom (guitar)Louis Bibbs (sax)
And also playing this concert circuit was:Robert Lucas, The
Rocket 88's, Rod Piazza And The Mighty Flyers, Canned Heat.
This was a total meltdown of bands, and we all enjoyed every
moment there. Looking forward to 2003.
Tim this has been a real pleasure for me and thank you for taking
the time to speak with us. Before you leave, please tell us where
we can find Rudy T and with whom.
You can catch me doing the Southern California Club Circuit with
some fine musicians........
T and the Project
Rudy T - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jim Rudy - Drums
Dave 'Dr.' Reese - Bass/Vocals
Craig Downey - Guitar/Keyboards
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