. Who's Rufus Huff? Named after two obscure Blues men Whistlin' Rufus and Luther Huff, the Glasgow, Kentucky-based Blues Rock quartet is made up of Dean Smith, Chris Hardesty, Jarrod England and Greg Martin, known for his raucous, incendiary electric guitar playing in the South's hardest country rockers, The Kentucky HeadHunters.
. Rufus Huff, steeped in the tradition of Cream, Jeff
Beck, early Led Zeppelin, Mountain, Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Cactus, and ZZ Top, throw down some of the hardest-edged Rock and Blues grooves on the planet.
. “Rufus Huff” features 9 tough, gritty band member originals – frequently based on true hard-life stories from southern central Kentucky - and 2 jams on famous Blues standards “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “I Ain’t Superstitious”.
. GRAMMY award winning lead guitarist Greg Martin, in addition to his role as founding member of The Kentucky Headhunters, has acted as co-producer / guitarist on the internationally recognized 2007 ZOHO CD release by Jimmy
Hall “Build Your Own Fire”. (ZMR 200704)
Brothers and sisters, greetings from south central Kentucky, and welcome to the world of Rufus Huff. For the next few minutes, relax your mind as we take you on a musical journey, perhaps to areas you haven't visited in awhile. And if it’s new territory, stick close, we don’t want to lose you. The terrain gets raw, loud and funky, hold on tight! If you're into 70's Southern Fried Rock N' Blues, Funk and Boogie played through a vintage Marshall stack on 10, welcome home musical sojourners!
First off, you may be asking, "Who's Rufus Huff?!" Rufus Huff, named after two obscure Bluesmen, is made up of bass guitarist Dean Smith, drummer Chris Hardesty (both formerly of the now defunct Supafuzz), Jarrod England on vocals, and yours truly, Greg Martin, on guitar. Perhaps you know me from my other group, The Kentucky HeadHunters.
Rufus Huff came together out of impromptu jam sessions back in 2005. Rufus Huff is as much about the environment we grew up around, as the musical influences that shaped us in our youth. Except for a few overdubs, the CD you hold in your hand, was recorded ‘live’ in the studio. Now, let’s proceed…..
Songs, stories & chicken grease….
Our musical journey starts out on I-65 with "13 Daze," a true story about a man jilted by his woman; unfortunately she didn't live to tell about. Our friend runs into the night on I-65, his voice still vibrates in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky. Inspired by Montrose and early ZZ Top, thanks Rev. Billy!
Up next is "High On Heaven Hill,” a song set in historic Bardstown, Ky. Partly inspired by a fire at the Heaven Hill Distillery in 1996, the historic Talbot Inn, with some other Kentucky history thrown into the mix. The Kentucky HeadHunters and I play the "Kentucky Bourbon Festival" each year in Bardstown, thus inspiring Jarrod to add the "Four Roses" line in the song. The “white noise” at the start and ending of the song is courtesy of Dean Smith. Co-producer David Barrick took a big chord Dean was playing on the bass and turned it around backwards. It certainly sounds like a distillery burning!
We next visit Southeastern Kentucky for "Run Rufus Run,” a song written by Kentucky Bluegrass Music artist Dale Ann Bradley, and Vicki Lyn Simmons. I first heard Dale Ann and her band perform this song on public television last year and was intrigued by the story. It happens to be a factual tale of Dale Ann's 12 year old cousin running moonshine through the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. We had the riff and chord changes, just happened to fit perfect with Dale Ann & Vicki's words.
We switch gears on "El Lago" for some Chicken Grease; take things down to Texas way. One of the fellows in Rufus Huff, and I'm not naming names, met a Tex-Mex girl in Florida, outside a Taco Tico. I can attest that Taco Tico was mighty good eating back in the day, especially if you had late night cravings. Evidently it was an interesting road trip for all involved since he was 19, and she was 32. We get into more of a funk groove on this one and use 'the girls' on backing vocals. Hugely inspired musically by Band of Gypsies and Trapeze.