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Dudley Taft

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Dudley S. Taft
Dudley Taft performing
Background information
Birth nameDudley S. Taft Jr.
BornJuly 4, 1966 (age 50)
OriginWashington, D.C.United States
GenresRock, Blues
LabelsAtlanticEast West/ElektraCapitol Records
Dudley S. Taft (born July 4, 1966Washington, D.C.) is an American musician. Taft is a blues/rock musician that fronts the Dudley Taft Band[1] and was a songwriting member of Seattle band Sweet Water and member and chief songwriter of Seattle, Washington-based rock band Second Coming.


Sweet Water[edit]

Sweet Water, founded in 1990, released its first Record Sweet Water in 1993. The album was produced by Don Gilmore and mixed by Tim Palmer. The band toured behind the album opening up for WingerCandlebox and Alice in Chains. The accompanying music video for the Head Down single was played on MTV’s 120 Minutes and was added to regular rotation on M2. The band’s music has been used on television in episodes of MTV’s “Daria”, “Amongst Friends” and “Road Rules”, among others. A second record was recorded in 1995, produced and mixed by Dave Jerden. Taft left the band during the 1995 sessions. Sweet Water was dropped later that year by record label East West/Elektra.

Second Coming[edit]

In 1995 Taft joined Travis BrachtJohnny Bacolas and James Bergstrom to form Second Coming. Starting out as a cover band called “FTA”, they wrote songs throughout 1996 and played them live at their gigs. By 1997, they started playing the Seattle area under the name Second Coming. Later that year, the band signed a six record deal with Gary Gersch, then the president of Capitol Records. Their self-titled release resulted in two Rock Radio hits that both went to #16 and #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts in 1997 and 1998. In 1998 and 1999 the band toured with VASTFuelCandlebox and Monster Magnet.


After leaving Second Coming in the early 2000s, Taft formed the band Omnivoid with singer Patrick Napper, bassist Robot, and drummer Andy Gregg. They released two studio EPs titled Combustion and Ignition respectively in 2005 and 2006 before moving on to other projects.

Dudley Taft Band[edit]

Taft started a blues/rock band in 2007 under his own name, with Scott Vogel on drums and Evan Sheeley on Bass. Their first CD, entitled "Left For Dead" was released in March 2010, with a mixture of originals and traditional blues covers. The album was given five stars by John Vermilyea of Blues Underground Network.[2] In 2011, Taft signed a two record deal with the German-based label M.i.G. "Left For Dead" was released world-wide on August 26, 2011, with the addition of a bonus track "When The Levee Breaks". Dudley Taft toured the Netherlands in January 2012. Reviews from bluesmagazine.nl, Keysandchords and more all rated ***** 5 stars for the "Left for Dead" CD. Taft then hired John Kessler to play bass and Chris Leighton to play drums for the next CD and live shows in Seattle and Europe. A DVD was released on March 5, 2012 called "Dudley Taft live at Highway 99," performed August 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. On May 7, 2013, Taft released "Deep Deep Blue," his second blues rock studio album on his own label, American Blues Artist Group, and in Europe on M.i.G. Deep Deep Blue won the Best USA Blues Rock Album on the Underground Blues Network.[3] Taft made three HD videos for Deep Deep Blue, "The Waiting" directed by Alex Hoelscher, starring Alyssa Lynn James;[4] "God Forbid" directed by Matthew Kreig, and "Meet Me In The Morning" by Matt Minnotte and David Molinatto.[5]"Screaming In The Wind", produced by Tom Hambridge,[6] was released in March 2014. The band toured the US and the EU May through September, playing the Netherlands, Germany and Poland with John Kessler on Bass, Carl Martin on drums and Eric Robert on Keyboards. Taft made three HD videos for Screaming In The Wind, "Screaming in The Wind," "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues," and "Sleeping In The Sunlight" all directed by Alex Hoelscher. The album made the top 10 Blues Rock albums of 2014 on the Blues Underground Network,[7] and the song "Red Line" was the #1 single on the Hit Tracks Top 100.[8] In February 2015, Taft went to Nashville to record keyboard overdubs on the upcoming album "Skin and Bones" with legendary keyboardist Reese Wynans[9] of Stevie Ray Vaughan fame. The band toured Europe again in April and March 2015, and released the fourth studio album "Skin and Bones" on October 16, 2015 on the American Blues Artist Group label. The song "Skin and Bones" charted #1 on the Hit Tracks Top 100 in Europe,[10] and #2 on the Roots Music Report's Blues Rock Radio chart. Four HD video were shot for the album; "Skin and Bones", "Leland Mississippi Blues", "Lonesome Memphis Blues" and "One of These Days" by Alex Hoelscher. The first two videos were released at the end of 2015, and the second two in the first two months of 2016. Taft's music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, as well as Sirus/XM's Bluesville channel 70.[11]


YearMovie TitleSong TitleInstrumentNotes
1998Smoke SignalsInstrumental guitar tracksGuitarsWriter
1998Postkod Mil JondrenHot MustardGuitarsWriter
1999The Sixth SenseUnknown RiderGuitarsWriter
2008Prom NightMaking a MemoryGuitarsWriter
2008Henry Poole is HereLucky ManGuitarsWriter

Television Shows[edit]

YearShow TitleSong TitleInstrumentNotes
1995Amongst FriendsCrawlGuitarsWriter
1996Road RulesSoftGuitarsWriter
1993MTVHead DownGuitarsWriter
1994Arnold Schwarzenegger Body Building CompetitionSoftGuitarsWriter
1999Senseless Acts of VideoSoftGuitarsWriter
1999MTV "Biorhythm"SoftGuitarsWriter
1997E! True Hollywood StorySuperstarGuitarsWriter
1996Lattjo LajbanBlue CollarGuitarsWriter
2003Gossip Se HerPendulumGuitarsWriter
2007Big BrotherNight Climber, Milk Toast, Haystack, SawtoothGuitarsWriter
2009Biz Kid$Peppermint LaneGuitarsWriter
2010That Metal ShowPendulum, CaffeineGuitarsWriter
2010Gene Simmons Family JewelsNight Climber, Pendulum, Haystack, SawtoothGuitarsWriter
2014Bad JudgeRise Above ItGuitarsWriter


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Sweet Water (band)

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For the Los Angeles-based group, see Sweetwater (band).
Sweet Water
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresAlternative rockpunk rocknew wavegrungehard rock
Associated actsGreen RiverSoundgardenMother Love BoneAlice in Chains
MembersAdam Czeisler
Cole Peterson
Chris Friel
Rich Credo
Sweet Water is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington.


Originally known as S.G.M., the band's members met while students at The Bush School. The band lineup changed in 1990, and included Adam Czeisler, vocals, Rich Credo, lead guitar, Cole Peterson, rhythm guitar, Dudley Taft, Bass and Paul Uhlir, Drums. Garnering acclaim for their debut Ter, the band was subsequently signed in 1992 by Jason Flom, and Will Carson of Atlantic Records and released a self-titled album, Sweet Water produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin ParkDashboard ConfessionalLitPearl Jam) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Mother Love BonePearl JamTin MachineRobert Plant). The band were then signed to Elektra Records subsidiary East-West, and they recorded a follow-up record Superfriends with Dave Jerden (Alice in ChainsJane's Addiction) producing. Guitarist Taft was fired during the recording of Superfriends and the classic Sweet Water sound took shape with Rich Credo as sole guitarist. Jerden returned to produce Suicide for Tom Zutaut of EMI imprint The Enclave. Suicide was eventually released in conjunction with Good-Ink records in 1999.
Members of the band engaged in various side-projects as well, including Peterson's work as bassist for Calm Down Juanita with Tyler Willman and Kevin Guess on their eponymous first studio album, Calm Down Juanita, released in 1998.[1] The band spent 2000-2006 on a self-imposed hiatus, releasing no new music and playing no shows. 2007 saw their return to the stage and various rock websites reported an album in the works.
In 2009, the band released Clear the Tarmac on Golden City Records, the label run by Sweet Water guitarist Rich Credo. Considered by many fans to be their best work, Clear the Tarmac sold well and represented what most fans and critics considered to be more than just a return to form. A video for its single Rock Steady garnered national airplay.
The band continues to tour and perform select shows: notable among them an Australian tour with Iggy Pop in Jan 2009. A 2008 tour with Stone Temple Pilots[2] was rumored to be a debacle with bassist Cole Peterson publicly calling Scott Weiland a "little crybaby".[citation needed] Peterson and Weiland were reported to have settled their feud over coffee and muffins at Seattle's Caffe Vita. Notable Seattle Drummer Chris Friel replaced Paul Uhlir in 2009, and has been a mainstay in the group since that time.
2012 and 2013 saw more creative output from the band, with the 2012 release of a single entitled "Hey Living" with the b-side "Get High Clover" and an accompanying video for the b-side. The 5 song "Dance Floor Kills" EP followed in April 2013. Both releases are on the dual Fin Records/Golden City Records imprint, with Fin handling physical product and Golden City handling digital.
In November 2015, Sweet Water returned to the stage with a one-off performance at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. The show was Sweet Water's first performance with a full orchestra, and was notable for the unique on stage collaboration with Seattle singer Shawn Smith,


Album TitleRelease DateRecord Label
Ter1992New Rage Records
Sweet Water1993Atlantic Records
Superfriends1995East West / Elektra Records
Suicide1999EMI / Good-Ink Records
Clear The Tarmac2009Golden City Records

Second Coming (band)

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Second Coming
Second coming promo.jpg
Johnny Bacolas, Travis Bracht, James Bergstrom, Eric Snyder
Background information
OriginSeattle, WashingtonUSA
GenresIndustrial dancepost-grungehard rockalternative rock
Years active1990–2008
LabelsRed Rocket, TimeStyle Music, Capitol
Associated actsSlezeAlice N' ChainsSweet WaterPeace and SilenceSoulbender, The Crying Spell, Post Modern Heroes, Lotus Crush
Past membersJohnny Bacolas
James Bergstrom
Travis Bracht
Maxi (Jesse Holt)
Junkeye (Ron Holt)
Davis Martin
Eric Snyder
Dudley Taft
Second Coming was an American rock band formed in Los AngelesCalifornia in 1990. They relocated to SeattleWashington around 1992 and released their debut album L.O.V.Evil in 1994. This band underwent several lineup changes throughout its existence with drummer James Bergstrom being the sole constant member. He and bassist Johnny Bacolas were ostensibly the nucleus of the band as they were only members who appeared on every album.[1] The two of them have been friends since childhood and they had also formed the rhythm section in an early incarnation of Alice in Chains that also consisted of vocalist Layne Staley and guitarist Nick Pollock; they called themselves Alice N' Chains.[2]
Initially, this band was led by singer-guitarist Jesse Holt, nicknamed Maxi, who was the main songwriter for L.O.V.Evil. After 1995, however, Bacolas and Bergstrom reemerged with a different lineup that included vocalist Travis Bracht from Peace and Silence and guitarist Dudley Taft from Sweet Water.[1] In 1998, they released the eponymous Second Coming,[1] which garnered much attention.[3]In 2001, Taft was replaced by guitarist Eric Snyder and two years later the group released a third album 13.[1]


Formation (1990-1994)[edit]

Second Coming started as an industrial dance band in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. The original lineup consisted of Jesse "Maxi" Holt (vocals, guitar and keyboards), his brother Ron "Junkeye" Holt (bass guitar, vocals, keyboards), James Bergstrom (drums) and Stamatina (keyboards). In 1992, they relocated to Seattle, Washington. Junkeye soon left the band and was replaced by Johnny Bacolas whilst Stamatina was replaced by percussionist and keyboard player, Davis Martin.

L.O.V.Evil (1994-1995)[edit]

In 1994 Second Coming independently released their debut CD L.O.V.Evil through Red Rocket Records. The album was produced by Maxi and all songs were written by Maxi except for "It's Coming After" (featuring Layne Staley) and "So Wired" written by Junkeye, and "The Great Big Burn" written by T-Roy and Maxi. Second Coming had several most-requested songs on Seattle radio station KISW, including "M.T. Your Gun," "It's Coming After," and "So Beautiful (And Everything)." There also was a music video for the song "Afraid of Love".

Second Coming (1996-2000)[edit]

In 1996, Johnny Bacolas and James Bergstrom formed a different version of Second Coming with guitarist Dudley Taft and vocalist Travis Bracht, adopting a heavier sound and immediately began work on their next album.[3] To raise funds for this album, Second Coming moonlighted as a cover band called FTA (Funding the Album).[3][4] Two years later, they independently released their eponymous album Second Coming, which was later reissued with three additional tracks by Capitol Records after the band signed an exclusive recording contract with them on May 8, 1998.[3][4] The band toured heavily with such as acts as Godsmack, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, VASTCandleboxFuel, and Monster Magnet.

13 and Acoustic (2000-2007)[edit]

The band parted ways with Capitol Records in 2001, not long after President Gary Gersh, who personally signed Second Coming, parted from the label.[3] They also replaced Dudley Taft with guitarist Eric Snyder and once again began working independently on their next album.[3]
In 2002, Layne Staley died after a long battle with drugs. A few months after this tragedy occurred, Second Coming headlined what would be the first annual tribute held in Staley’s honor around his birthday in August.[5] This first tribute also featured the band Soulbender whose vocalist at that time was former Alice N’ Chains guitarist Nick Pollock.[6]
In 2003, Second Coming released their third studio album 13 along with a companion EP Acoustic on their own label Timestyle Music and distributed both through their own website, iTunes and Amazon.com.

Final years and post-Second Coming (2007-present)[edit]

In 2007, Bracht began pulling double duty fronting both Second Coming and Soulbender after Nick Pollock stepped down from the latter. Meanwhile, Second Coming was also said to be working on another album that was due in 2007 but also has not been released.[1] It has since been confirmed on Facebook that Second Coming has been put to rest.
In 2008, Bacolas and Snyder worked on another project called The Crying Spell, releasing an album titled Through Hell to Heaven. This band performed with Live vocalist Ed Kowalczyk at the 2009 Layne Staley Tribute Concert.[7] As of 2012, Snyder is still with The Crying Spell, which has put out a second album Disgraceland, whilst Bacolas has left and joined another band called Lotus Crush,[8] which put out an album in 2011 called Half Light Morning.
In 2009, Travis Bracht formed another band called Post Modern Heroes along with almost every other member of his first band Peace and Silence, releasing their debut album Post Modern Heroes a year later.



Studio albums
YearAlbum details
  • Released: June 16, 1994
  • Label: Red Rocket
1998Second Coming
  • Released: September 22, 1998
  • Label: Capitol
Extended plays
YearAlbum details
2002Acoustic EP

Charted songs[edit]

US Mainstream Rock
1998"Soft"16 [9]Second Coming
1999"Vintage Eyes"16 [9]

Family tree[edit]

Prominent members of the Taft family include:
Robert Taft Sr.
Joseph Taft
Robert Taft Jr.
Daniel Taft Sr., Esq.

Descendants of Joseph Taft[edit]

  • Joseph Taft (1680–1747), son of Robert Taft Sr.
    • Peter Taft (1715–1783)
      • Aaron Taft (1743–1808)
        • Peter Rawson Taft I (1785–1867), member of the Vermont legislature
          • Alphonso Taft (1810–1891), U.S. secretary of war (1876), U.S. attorney general (1876–1877); married first to Fanny Phelps, and second to his cousin Louisa Maria Torrey (see below)
            • Charles Phelps Taft I (1843–1929), U.S. representative (1895–1897), publisher (The Cincinnati Times-Star), U.S. representative, owner of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1905 to 1913 and Chicago Cubs from 1914 to 1916
            • Peter Rawson Taft II (1846–1889), m. Annie Matilda Hulbert.
              • Hulbert Taft Sr.: (1878–1959), Publisher, associate editor, and reporter for the Cincinnati Times Star.
                • David Gibson Taft (1916–1962), Businessman, Vice-Chairman of the board of Taft Broadcasting Company. Served as Executive Vice President of Radio Cincinnati, Taft Broadcasting's predecessor. In 1955 he was made manager of WKRC-TV. WWII served as captain in the US Army and liaison officer for General Joe Stillwell.
                • Hulbert Taft Jr. (1907–1967), Broadcaster (Taft Broadcasting)
                  • Dudley S. Taft Sr. (born 1940): businessman, President and Board Chairman of Taft Broadcasting, Cinergy, Tribune Co.
                    • Dudley S. Taft Jr. (born 1966): Blues musician, Sweetwater guitarist, Second Coming guitarist, Dudley Taft Band, Co-wrote "Unknown Rider" for 1999 film The Sixth Sense
                    • Thomas Woodall Taft (born 1969): actor, writer, businessman, founder of Southern Star Interactive.
            • William Howard Taft I (1857–1930), U.S. president (1909–1913), U.S. chief justice (1921–1930), U.S. secretary of war (1904–1908)
              • Robert Alphonso Taft Sr. (1889–1953), U.S. senator from Ohio (1939–1953), three-time unsuccessful Presidential candidate (1940, 1948, 1952)
              • Charles Phelps Taft II (1897–1983), Charterite Cincinnati mayor (1955–1957), Cincinnati city council member (1938–1942), Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor (1927–1928), candidate for governor of Ohio (1952), candidate for Republican nomination for Ohio governor (1958)
                • Seth Chase Taft (1922–2013), candidate for Ohio Senate (1962); candidate for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio (1967); candidate for Republican nomination for governor of Ohio (1982)
                • Peter Rawson Taft III, United States Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice; married to Diana Todd
            • Henry Waters Taft (1859–1945), candidate for justice of New York Court of Appeals (1898); New York delegate to Republican National Convention (1920, 1924); named partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (from 1919)
              • Walbridge Smith Taft (1885–1951), candidate for U.S. representative from New York
              • William Howard Taft II (1887–1952)
            • Horace Dutton Taft (1861–1943), author, founder of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut

Descendants of Robert Taft Jr.[edit]

Descendants of Daniel Taft Sr.[edit]

Collins family[edit]

The related Collins family tree:
  • Ela Collins (1786–1848), New York Assemblyman 1815, U.S. Representative from New York 1823-1825. Father of William Collins.[21]
    • William Collins (1818–1878), U.S. Representative from New York 1847-1849. Uncle of Helen Herron, who married President William Howard Taft.[22]

Lippitt family[edit]

The related Lippitt family tree:
  • Christopher Lippitt (1744–1824) Revolutionary War officer, legislator, manufacturer
  • Henry Lippitt (1818–1891), Governor of Rhode Island 1875-1877. Father of Charles W. Lippitt and Henry F. Lippitt.[23]
    • Charles W. Lippitt (1846–1924), Governor of Rhode Island 1895-1897. Son of Henry Lippitt.[24]
    • Henry F. Lippitt (1856–1933), U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1911-1917. Son of Henry Lippitt and married Lucy Herron Laughlin, sister of Helen Herron, who married President William Howard Taft.[25]
      • Frederick Lippitt (1916-2005), Rhode Island State Representative 1961-1983. Military officer, political figure and philanthropist.

Chafee family[edit]

  • John Chafee (1922–1999), Rhode Island State Representative 1957-1963, Governor of Rhode Island 1963-1969, U.S. Secretary of the Navy 1969-1972, candidate for U.S. Senate from Rhode Island 1972, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1976-1999. Grandnephew of Henry F. Lippitt.[26]


  • Thomas Wilson (1827–1910), delegate to the Minnesota Constitutional Convention 1857, District Court Judge in Minnesota 1857-1864, Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court 1864-1865, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court 1865-1869, Minnesota State Representative 1880-1882, Minnesota State Senator 1880-1882, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1887-1889, candidate for Governor of Minnesota 1890. Grandfather of Martha Wheaton Bowers, who married Senator Robert A. Taft.[28]
  • John W. Herron, delegate to the Ohio Constitutional Convention 1873, U.S. Attorney in Ohio 1889-1894. Father-in-law of President William Howard Taft.[29]
  • Paul Douglas (1892–1976), Chicago, Illinois Councilman; candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois 1942, U.S. Senator from Illinois 1949-1967. Husband of Emily Taft Douglas.

Ohio scion Woody Taft: I'm on the right side of history with marijuana legalization plan

ResponsibleOhio investor looks for top pot talent BY DAN MONK!

CINCINNATI - The Taft family tree has plenty of branches in business and politics. Woody Taft could make a significant contribution to both if his marijuana investment company succeeds as he hopes.
“It engages me on a business, political and personal level,” said Taft, vice president of development for Taft Broadcasting Co., a family-owned investment company. “As a businessman and investor, the opportunity to participate in the creation of what I hope is a model marijuana industry for the rest of the nation and the world is perhaps the most speculator opportunity I’ve ever seen in my lifetime or will see.”
Taft was introduced in March as a “key investor” for ResponsibleOhio, the campaign for a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. This story is part of a series that takes a deeper look at ResponsibleOhio investors, exploring their business backgrounds and why they joined the movement.
Taft is convinced Ohio will reduce crime and alleviate its heroin epidemic by replacing drug dealers with corporations that can produce higher-quality marijuana at lower prices. But he also sees a chance for Ohio to be on the leading edge of a developing industry that could produce the next wonder drugs to treat pain, seizures, cancer and dementia.
“It frankly is an embarrassment that marijuana is still on Schedule 1 at the federal level,” he said. “It prevents federal approval for testing, which we need to do to tease out all of the medicinal benefits of marijuana and actually get it into the pharmaceutical system so it can be prescribed by doctors. People who need this should be able to go to their pharmacy to get it.”
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