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Adam Brooks Dudding was Born in Dayton, Ohio, USA after his parents relocated from West Virginia in the early 1970s. Growing up half-hillbilly, he was fed a healthy diet of bluegrass and Mountaineer blues along with his father’s favorite singers like Conway Twitty, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Chuck Berry. He recalls being almost hypnotized while listening so intently to his parent’s music in the family car during long road-trips through the Appalachians, back to West Virginia for holiday and summer visits to his grandparent’s house as a child.
Exploring music more through church and school choirs and playing trumpet in the middle school concert band, Dudding’s interest grew into a passion upon receiving an acoustic guitar for his 14th birthday. His focus on learning the guitar became intense and involved 4 to 5 hours of practicing each day after school. The rush he felt from his peers appreciation of his newly discovered talent propelled his desire to improve even more. Teaching himself how to play popular songs, he soon started piecing together chord progressions of his own, then melodies, then lyrics.
Dudding continued to write and play music throughout college eventually receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and guitar performance from Bowling Green State University in NW Ohio. He stayed in Bowling Green working as a booking agent and sound engineer at a small club, performing in a few bands and teaching guitar lessons on the side for a couple years earning enough to help pay for and independently produced solos album called “Horizon”. Looking for larger stages for his music, he moved to Columbus, OH in 2001 and proceeded to establish one of the capital city’s premier Americana outfits, Bucktown Kickback.
With BTKB he’s composed, recorded, produced, performed and helped manage the band through 3 independent releases and national promotional tours. To date, Bucktown Kickback has performed hundreds of shows in over 20 U.S. States including appearances at The Knitting Factory (NYC), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Quixote’s True Blue (Denver, CO), Newport Music Hall and Woodlands Tavern (Columbus, OH) as well as larger gatherings like the Gauley River Festival, Blue Ridge BBQ Festival and Floydfest. Through the years they’ve also appeared on the same bill, supporting acts like Alabama, Junior Brown, Railroad Earth, The Deadstring Brothers, Sol Driven Train, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sons of Bill and more along the way.
Living in Nashville, TN since 2006, Dudding continues to compose and record new material for a variety of projects, perform and collaborate with an arsenal of talented musicians/artists/writers frequently adding to his own diverse catalog of original songs. He also teaches lessons and picks up occasional session work with his skills on the guitar. From 2008 to 2010, when not on tour with his band, Adam worked as the bar-back at the world famous Bluebird Cafe watching and learning from a hit songwriters and up-and-comers alike.
Most recently his music has been attracting an international spotlight after spending almost all of 2012 in Shanghai, China where he performed and recorded “In The Moment”, producing the debut studio album for The Shanghai Newgrass Project, a group he co-founded with Inner Mongolian mandolin virtuoso Tom Pang (also featuring Charles Butler, Hanneke Cassel, Shunzi, Jasmine Chen).
“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