So one of the albums that appeared on my “Just for You” list the other day was Rufus Huff’s self-titled 2009 album. It was listed because I had listened to Mile Train and Preacher Stone. Since I liked both of those bands I gave it a listen and was immediately reminded of bands like Cream, Jeff Beck, early Led Zeppelin, Mountain, Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Cactus, and ZZ Top, What that means is that the band plays some really good old-time blues rock. What I didn’t know was that the band, named afer two old bluesmen Whistlin’ Rufus and Luther Huff, was a side project of the Kentucky Headhunter’s Grammy winning guitarist Greg Martin!! Now, way back, I was a Headhunter fan. I loved that old “Dumas Walker” but like many bands I lost track of their career along the way.
Martin formed Rufus Huff in 2009, with Jarrod England providing vocals, Dean Smith on bass guitar and drummer and percussionist Chris Hardesty. Nine of the tracks on the album are band originals and are many times based on true hard-life stories from southern central Kentucky.You can read about each track at their website. The other two tracks are jams on famous Blues standards “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “I Ain’t Superstitious”. According to Martin, the track “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl started out as a jam session of the song, and then “David Barrick hit ‘record,’,,,, What you hear on this CD is the first take, no overdubs, just the way it went down that day. Rock and Blues is all about spontaneity, this is the proof in the pudding.” What I found really interesting was that Dean and Greg first heard the Sonny Boy Williamson song on Ten Years After’s 1969 album Sssh, the same album that introduced me to the song!! I must say though, that even though I like the Rufus Huff cover, Ten Years After’s version is still my favorite!
So let’s go “Into the Night” with the official video of the song “13 daze” from Rufus Huff!