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Dave Rude Band – The Key

July 21, 2013    |   

Guitarist Dave Rude has been a member of Tesla since 2006, though still known as ‘the new guy’ to fans he’s a seasoned musician that landed the gig due to his stellar play and vocal abilities. Rude has been recording, touring relentlessly with Tesla since he joined the band seven years ago.

Dave found the time to write and record a solo record with his band–which he founded prior to joining Tesla. The band is simply called Dave Rude Band and they play blue collar rock ‘n’ roll with a contemporary twist. What Rude is doing on The Key is reminiscent of Joe Walsh’s James Gang, if that band was formed in 2013. There are classic rock influences, there are country influences and there are contemporary rock and pop influences.

While The Key isn’t ground breaking or innovative it’s a fun record that features hard rocking tunes like the opener “The Key” to the country rock ballad “On My Own Again” which sounds akin to something you’d hear on a Keith Urban record to the blistering closing track “Charlie Mansion.” You want variety? It’s in there. Did I mention that Rude also tackles the Peter Gabriel pop classic “Sledgehammer?” He stripped it down and plays it with a fire and urgency of a bar band duking out on the bar circuit. Looking for a no frills rock ‘n’ roll record? Then look no further than The Key by Dave Rude Band. Dave Rude sings like he plays guitar, with attitude and swagger.

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