Some may have seen Adam Brooks Dudding performing with his jamband Flying Blind on college campuses throughout Ohio in the early 90′s, or heard his band Bucktown Kickback playing on Americana Radio stations while touring throughout the Midwest and Southeast in the 2000′s, or saw him perform a sold-out show at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN playing his countrified songs at the world famous mecca for songwriters, or some may have even caught the NPR story about The Shanghai Newgrass Project, a group he co-founded and performed with throughout Shanghai 2012-2013 along with co-founder Tom Pang, a bluegrass mandolin and fiddle player from Inner Mongolia. Regardless, wherever Dudding is living or traveling to at any given moment, most likely he’ll be found performing his well-crafted songs on a stage nearby.
Dudding, an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer, was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, USA and grew up on a healthy diet of the blues, bluegrass and country music he heard as a child, especially during long road-trips to West Virginia with his family for holiday visits to his grandparent’s house in the heart of Appalachia. Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Del McCoury, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Eagles, Beatles, Conway Twitty and CCR were among the highlights he recalls from the family jukebox; cassette tapes and homemade mixes they’d listen to in the car.
With the opportunity to explore music even more through his involvement in church and school choirs and playing trumpet in his Jr. High concert band, Dudding’s interest grew into a passion upon receiving an acoustic guitar for his 14th birthday. His focus on learning the guitar soon involved 4 to 5 hours of practicing each day after school. Teaching himself how to play those popular songs he grew up listening to with his family, he soon started piecing together chord progressions of his own, then melodies, then lyrics. He found classmates to play music with and either joined or formed a variety of high school bands. His dreams of performing on larger stages were also cultivated by concerts he attended during this time including the Allman Brothers Band, Ralph Stanley, CSN&Y, Dry Branch Fire Squad, James Taylor, Grateful Dead and Phish. Searching out other music events and happenings like Asheville, NC’s ‘Shindig on the Green’ were formative experiences as a teenager as well.
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 (Flying Blind, Wire & Wood) and teaching guitar lessons on the side for a couple years, earning enough to help pay for an independently produced solo 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 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 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