Guitarist/vocalist Les Dudek has played with some of rock and pop’s biggest names (Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, Dave Mason, Cher, Boz Scaggs, and the Allman Brothers Band), in addition to issuing critically-acclaimed solo albums on his own.
By the early ’70s, Dudek was residing in Florida, playing in the obscure group, Power, whose keyboard player was friends with the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts. Soon a friendship was struck up between Betts and Dudek, who was present for the Brothers and Sisters recording sessions, laying down guitar lines alongside Betts on Ramblin’ Man and helping co-write songs including the classic, Jessica.
After his detour with the Allman Brothers, Dudek signed on with Boz Scaggs, playing with him for five years and appearing on the 1976 release, Silk Degrees. Dudek became friends with Steve Miller, leading to a co-headlining tour between Scaggs and Miller, which saw Dudek appearing with both artists each night. Miller would subsequently record a few of Dudek’s original compositions, including Sacrifice for his Book of Dreams release, while Dudek also played on Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle album.
Dudek guested on Stevie Nicks’ 1985 release, Rock a Little, and was the guitarist on the album’s ensuing tour. The ’90s saw Dudek return to his blues roots, as he appeared on Steve Miller’s back-to-basics release, 1993’s Wide River, and issued his fifth solo release overall, 1994’s Deeper Shade of Blues.
2007 brought the bluesy CD, Deeper Shade of Blues while 2013 saw the release of his album, Delta Breeze. Known for first-class musicianship and smokin’ guitar, Dudek has been on the road with his band, performing songs from all his records, plus hits he has recorded with other artists, still blowing the doors off venues all over the world.