Thread: Les Dudeck ?

slowhand5th - 1/9/2003 at 06:03 AM

What ever happend to Les Dudeck?. slowhand5th

slowhand5th - 1/9/2003 at 06:18 AM

has anyone heard Duane on John Hammonds Southern Fried slowhand5th?

Stephen - 1/14/2003 at 06:13 PM

In response to your latter ?, yes, Duane's playing on Southern Fried is him as only he could be with ax in hand. A fine, fine album.

I too would be curious about the whereabouts of Les Dudek. A major talent indeed -- in addition to Ghost Town Parade and his other good albums, a show of his from Wallingford CT shows him in equally dynamic form. Very good guitarist and singer -- like everything I've ever heard him do.

OldDirtRoad - 1/14/2003 at 06:30 PM

From what I have checked...he has not been very active recording wise since around 1997.

This is from a January 2001 interview about "Jessica"

And you played on "Jessica" too.

I co-wrote that one. I never got any credit for it. Dickey says he still feels bad about that. Maybe one of these days he'll write me a check. (Laughs) And put my name alongside his. He was really stumped on that one. We were at his house there in Macon. At the time I was rooming with Joe Dan Petty, who just died recently. He had wanted me to be in Grinderswitch with him. He was starting a band, and that's when I turned him on to Larry Howard and Rick Burnette, cats that were playing with me down in Florida at the time. One night I was over at Dickey's, when they were still doing the "Brothers and Sisters" album, Dickey had the one part of "Jessica" written, the melody on the verse section. He said "Play this, man. Let's see if we can do something with it." We kicked it around for 45-minutes or so, and my girlfriend and his wife were in there cooking us steaks, so he got frustrated with it and put his guitar down. I kept messing with it and I came up with the bridge. I said "Dickey, come here a minute man." (Laughs) I said, play this after you play that. He said, "What do we do next?" I said , walk it all the way up to the top and stop. He said, "Well what do you do after that?" I said, "Start over!" (Laughs) He was just ecstatic. We ended up not even eating our steaks. We threw the guitars in the back of the pickup, he wanted to go and play it for everybody. Right when we did it, it started snowing in Macon. It was kind of a spiritual moment. How it all came to be. He marched me into Walden's office, and he promised me some points on it and this and that. It took us six nights to cut the thing in the studio. At that time, Phil Walden was trying to get me into The Allman Brothers. He said, "Stick with me. I'm going to make you a star. I'm going to put you in The Allman Brothers." I had already had talks with Dickey, and he kind of felt that he pretty much wanted to take over with the guitar slot. I think for a number of years he was kind of the second guitar player, under Duane. Not taking anything away from Dickey. He was kind of shafted, because if you look back on the early stuff, Dickey wrote it, like "Elizabeth Reed" and a lot of the good tunes, and he played it too. It's like the quarterback always gets the lime light. But Dickey was always a real contributor to that band I thought.


mckendrick - 3/13/2005 at 06:43 PM

I got an email off Les's people last year saying they were having difficulty getting the rights to his albums back from Sony/Columbia.

I got a truly agreeable email about six weeks ago saying they had now resolved this and ALL Les's albums are available again.

Good interview with Les in a recent issue of HTN.


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