The blues is a universal feeling that transcends languages, social status and the constraints of musical genre. Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck knows that feeling intimately. He travels the globe spreading his version of the blues gospel and regularly works with a number of international blues-preservation organizations. Lucky for us, he gets back to town most weeks to play the tiny Northside Tavern. Whether performing solo, leading a smokin' band or a tight, one-off jam session with a founding father or a group of novices, his soulful and emotive delivery evokes images of the hard times that fed the early blues pioneers. And Mudcat's Bayou-baked, chicken-party revues can make even the most jaded music fan happy to be blue.
- Creative Loafing Atlanta
[W]hat makes Mudcat so much darn foot-stompin’ fun is the passion and energy that radiates from the band. … On stage Dudek[sic] is both outrageous and colorful, and the fleet-fingered guitarist has created a signature style – strolling through audiences playing ferocious guitar riffs, and even making musical entrances from the sidewalk outside the club.
- ESP (Greensboro, NC)
From Creative Loafing Atlanta:
"99 Things To Do To Call Yourself A True Atlantan"
#6 Go see Mudcat at the Northside Tavern. He knows more about folk blues than
Martin Scorsese, will happily sing "Up Against the Wall" for you, and can probably drink
you under the table to boot.
Excerpt from The
Eleventh Hour Cover Story
...It was at the Howlin' Wolf, a gem of a bar in New Orleans' Warehouse District. A few intimate blues acts had already been on. The crowd was lazily mulling about, having not yet had enough libations to put them in the proper frame of mind. Then this lanky, husky-voiced white boy who looked like a Cajun from the swamps of Atchafalya or Opeloussas steps on the stage with an old beat up brown Gibson with a cheap bridge pick up and a wireless amp cable and starts to dig in. By the third song, everybody was dancing and carryin' on. And by the fourth, Mudcat had jumped into the crowd where he preceded to woo the women with an assault on his guitar that possessed the eerie, bluesy depths of a Robert Johnson song and the raw, sexual power of a Hendrix performance...
...MUDCAT have always been one of Atlanta's most reliable and enjoyable live acts, with an appeal extending from blues enthusiasts to the jam crowd to regular drunks like you and me. Until the release of Kickin' Chicken, however, I've never felt they snagged that Bayou-bred chitlin-party vibe on a studio recording. But this one - the group's fourth - is a winner that spotlights the talents of all involved, but especially stringman Daniel Dudeck, a remarkably skilled guitarist and performer. It all makes me feel guilty for usually only bothering to see them once or twice a year.
- Jeff Clark in Stomp and Stammer
One of Atlanta's most unique and enjoyable live acts, Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck takes the SoundStage to the deep south as he and his band perform one of his favorite songs, Piedmont Blues. Mudcat's authentically-soulful and emotionally-charged vocals have an old time, down home blues and folk feel that is sure to get your feet stopping and your body moving.
… a devilishly spontaneous blues ‘n’ ragtime five-piece formed by guitarist/vocalist Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, who paid his musical dues in the late ‘80s at dives so dangerous many cops avoided them! [Mudcat] gained widespread notoriety through its involvement with the Music Maker Blues Revival Tour.