Adam Brooks Dudding is an acclaimed songwriter, singer and seasoned guitarist originally from Dayton, Ohio. He started composing and performing music with friends in high school (Acoustic Feedback, Stoned Pyramids, Minerva’s Awakening) and continued following his passions to Bowling Green State University (Cosmic Earl, Flying Blind, Wire & Wood) where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and guitar performance in 1998.
In 2001, shortly after recording and releasing his first solo record Horizon, Dudding moved to Columbus, OH. Teaching guitar lessons during the day, at night he rehearsed and performed with the “Americana” band he formed — Bucktown Kickback. Writing the songs and fronting the band, he also produced the group’s 3 independent albums (Speakeasy, Lost In Your Own Hometown, fiction pickin’) and road managed each national tour.
Dudding has performed hundreds of shows including appearances at The Knitting Factory (NYC), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), Quixote’s True Blue (Denver, CO), Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH) and larger gatherings like the Gauley River Festival (WV) , Blue Ridge BBQ Festival (NC) and Floydfest (VA). Along the way he’s opened up for Alabama, Todd Snider, Junior Brown, Railroad Earth, Ekoostik Hookah, The Deadstring Brothers, Sol Driven Train, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sons of Bill and more.
In 2006 Dudding moved to Nashville, TN to learn more about the art of collaborative songwriting. After landing a job in the kitchen at the world famous Bluebird Cafe (a legendary mecca for songwriters) he was able to meet, listen to, and learn from some of the best in the music business almost every night of the week. Following Dudding’s move to Nashville he’s gotten the opportunity to write with talented songwriters on and off Music Row, forging great new material with notable practitioners including Mark Irwin, AJ Masters, Leith Loftin, Jon Pardi, Charlie Pate, Chris Henry, Alison Clement, Mark Brinkman and many more.
In 2012 Dudding’s music began attracting an international spotlight after spending nearly a year in Shanghai, China where he performed nightly and recorded In The Moment, the studio debut from The Shanghai Newgrass Project, a group he co-founded with Inner Mongolian mandolin virtuoso Tom Pang (also w/ Charles Butler, Hanneke Cassel, Shunzi, Jasmine Chen).
After living in Nashville, TN for 8 years, Dudding and his family now reside in Charlottesville, VA where he’s currently working on new material for an upcoming recording project. He’s excited about contributing more to the growing catalog at Whirled Werks Music — where he’s already produced 5 strong albums — and performing for his fans in the very near future.
“Sliding easily from Bluegrass to Country to a rootsy Americana at the drop of a wide-brimmed hat…The country palette of the Grateful Dead, The Roots Pop spark of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.”
CITYBEAT, Cincinnati, OH
“Sporting heavy doses of bluegrass drive and fleet-fingered chops, plenty of tear jerking honky-tonk, a sprinkle of rock swagger and singer-songwriter flair, and Dudding’s love of narrative songwriting and easygoing melodies…Blurring the lines between Americana, jamgrass, honky-tonk and roots rock…Fans of artists such as The Gourds, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Grateful Dead and Whiskeytown will find plenty to cheer about in his songs and eclectic-but-focused style”
HIGH COUNTRY PRESS, Boone, NC
“Dudding and his Ace Americana band…smart, rootsy”
THE TENNESSEAN, Nashville, TN
“Dudding (singer, songwriter and creative force behind Bucktown Kickback) produced much of the band’s 2nd disc ‘Lost In Your Hometown’ to sound like prime Appalachia. The record effectively balances roots grit and country rock coherence. “Seven Number Blues” is an enlightened redneck tune that sounds like a “Basement Tapes” leftover. “That’s Life” is a slow burn of honky-tonk molasses. A Neil Young-type rocker, “A Shooting Star,” closes the record. But at the heart of the record is Dudding’s songs and lived-in vocals. While the embellishments are tasteful, the material could stand up fine presented by Dudding and his acoustic.”
BOOTLEG Magazine, NC