Mudcat: You Better Mind

Many musicians are called to play the blues, but few keep the form as fresh as Mudcat does!


Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck has been performing and recording in his home base of Atlanta since the early 90s. In a genre where so many practitioners cruise along on auto-pilot, Mudcat stands out by constantly twisting and re-inventing his sound. He veers effortlessly from gospel to zydeco, big band urban to solo country-blues, all infused with his trademark ribald lyrical im-agery. Every Mudcat performance conjures the revelry of a tent revival – a reputation that has en-deared him to audiences across the U.S, as well as Europe and South America.


When not on tour, Mudcat enjoys a regular Wednesday night residency at the Northside Tavern on Howell Mill Road, the closest thing Atlanta has to a backroads juke joint. And the man respects his roots; he has promoted and played with local blues legends like Frank Edwards, Cora Mae Bry-ant and Beverly “Guitar’ Watkins, and serves on the board of North Carolina’s Music Maker Foun-dation, which helps struggling roots musicians record their music and cope with living expenses.


Hot off the presses is Mudcat’s latest release “You Better Mind,” his unmistakable swirling sonic stew in fine flavor. The effort was recorded with his full band, a multi-generational ensem-ble that includes veterans like trombonist Lil’ Joe Burton, who has been playing since 1964 and shared stages with Junior Wells and B.B. King, as well as young bassist Shannon Kirk, a recent graduate of “Chicago” Joe Jones’ Decatur music camp. To paraphrase the lead-off track: “When Mama’s Happy” –“everybody’s happy.” And when Mudcat’s on the bill, the audience is happy too!
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