Adam Brooks Dudding has been cultivating his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist for over 20 years while picking up some good habits along the way — finding and befriending extraordinary talent to learn from whether as band members, co-writers, artists, or hall-of-fame songwriting mentors.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, USA on a healthy diet of blues, bluegrass, rock’n’roll and country music, Dudding began performing in high school (age 14) and picked up speed in college. He received a BFA in Creative Writing (minoring in Music) before eventually moving to Columbus, OH in 2002 and forming Bucktown Kickback — one of that city’s premier Americana acts.
In 2006 Dudding then moved to Nashville, TN (Music City) to learn more about the art of the co-write — until that point he had only been writing songs on his own.
After landing a job at Nashville’s 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.
In the 8 years following Dudding’s move to Nashville he’s written songs with hit-songwriters and talented up-and-comers alike, forging great new material with amazing practitioners including Mark Irwin, AJ Masters, Leith Loftin, Charlie Pate, Chris Henry, Mark “Brink” Brinkman and many, many more.
A producer as well, Dudding has recorded and released 5 independent albums since 2001 and is currently preparing material for his 6th.
His most recent production was The Shanghai Newgrass Project debut “In The Moment”, an album recorded in Shanghai, China then mixed and mastered in Nashville. The album features co-founder Tom Pang from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia who throat-sings and plays the bluegrass mandolin with a virtuosity his idols (Monroe, Grisman, Bush) would appreciate. “In The Moment” also features internationally acclaimed musicians Hanneke Cassel, Jasmine Chen, Charles Butler and Shun Hu.
Adam Brooks Dudding enjoys traveling and taking his music on the road while promoting his new recordings. He’s performed hundreds of shows at clubs, theaters and festivals in over 20 U.S. States including international performances in Shanghai, China.
Along the way he’s opened for artists like Alabama, Todd Snider, Railroad Earth, Junior Brown, The Deadstring Brothers, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sons of Bill and more.
Whether you’ve seen Adam Brooks Dudding performing with his jamband Flying Blind on college campuses back in the 90’s — OR heard his band Bucktown Kickback playing on Americana Radio stations while touring throughout the Midwest and Southeast throughout the 2000’s — MAYBE you’ve seen him perform a sold-out show recently at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville — OR even caught the PRI/NPR story in 2012 about Tom and The Shanghai Newgrass Project — Or maybe you’re hearing him for the very first time…
Regardless, wherever Adam Brooks Dudding is living (Charlottesville, VA currently) or traveling to at any given moment, most likely he’ll be found on a well-lit stage or front porch nearby, performing his well-crafted, rootsy songs to a very appreciative audience.
“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