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About Rudy

The latest import to the SoCal Beach communities is Rudy "Rude Dog" Strukoff. Originally from Chicago’s rough and tumble south side, Rude hung out in clubs, honky-tonks and dive bars and got immersed in the music that IS Chicago: THE BLUES.  Great blues artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Mighty Joe Young and Son Seals...and many many others...were playing every week in and around Chi-town. And so, the young Rude learned the sound of the streets that were his home.

Skip to 1992, Albuquerque, Rude’s starts down another path, when given a birthday present of guitar lessons and a beat-up Harmony acoustic. It had steel strings as thick and rusty as bridge cables and was a bear to play, but Rudy prevailed and learned his craft and started his first band two years later, The Easy Street Blues Band.

After moving to Baltimore 1998, Rude Dog started as a solo act at the storied Full Moon Saloon in Fells Point. It was at this blues joint that Rude developed into a strong front man, guitarist and vocalist as the driving force behind Baltimore's source for Funk-a-fied Rhythm & Blues, The Rhythm Revue & Show Band.

For fifteen years, Rude and his band could be seen in clubs in the Baltimore area and D.C., Philadelphia, Annapolis and southern Pennsylvania. Richmond, VA and Memphis, TN, and points up and down the I-95 corridor from New York to Florida, sittin’ in and fronting some of the east coasts greatest players. Juke Joints like The Cat’s Eye Pub, and The Waterfront Hotel (where Levinson’s TV show, “Homicide” was filmed) became Rude Dog’s favorite haunts in Baltimore’s infamous Fells Point District. (Think HBO’s “The Wire”)

Since 2001, Rude Dog has released five CD's under his own moniker, including "The Dog Is In The House," "Baptism In Blue" and "My Little Hampden Hon." Rude is also responsible for producing two sampler disks featuring Baltimore's best blues bands for the LaChica Records releases, "Baltimore On Tap" and "Live at the Cat's Eye."  

Rude’s current disk is entitled, “Resurrection” Rude Dog’s Greatest Hits (well under 1 million copies sold...BTW). It is a compilation of Rude’s most requested originals, and covers from his years fronting the Rhythm Revue, and includes tracks from 6 of his previous recordings, including alternate takes, out-takes radio edit versions, to make a 17 song collection that is over one hour in length.

When not working, Rude loves to take in blues shows around the country and around the world exploring the roots of his passion. In 2007, it was playing a wedding in St. John, US V.I. In 2009 while visiting Buenas Aires, Argentina, Rude was asked to sit in with a couple of the local bands, and a fiery mix of blues was heard in the corners of Dorrego Square in the San Telmo district of B.A.. Rude can always be seen in airports toting a his beloved Gibson acoustic.


Rude's music is strongly influenced by blues legends, Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Rev. Blind Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Albert King. You might as well throw in Freddie and B.B. too. Other rock influences include, J. J. Cale, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison. And then you might as well sprinkle in some Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin for good measure. You will typically see a selection from  any or all of these artists' catalogs at any of Rude Dog's gigs.

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