Adam Brooks Dudding has been a performing songwriter for more than 20 years. He’s been cultivating his talents as a guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist while picking up good habits along the way like always surrounding himself with extraordinary people whether as band members, co-writers, artists, or hall-of-fame songwriting mentors.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio on a healthy diet of blues, bluegrass, rock’n’roll and country music, Dudding has called Nashville, TN home since 2006. He moved to Music City to open himself up to the disciplined art of the Co-Write; until that point he had been writing songs only on his own. Since then 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, Jon Pardi, Charlie Pate, Chris Henry and many, many more. After landing a job at Nashville’s world famous Bluebird Cafe, a mecca for songwriters, he got to meet, listen to, and learned from some of the very best in the business almost every night of the week for several years straight.
A producer as well, Dudding has recorded and released 5 independent albums since 2001 and is currently preparing material for his 6th album due out early Fall 2014. He’s taken his music on the road to help promote his new records and has performed hundreds of shows at clubs, theaters and festivals in over 20 U.S. States (so far) including international performances in Shanghai, China. Along the way he’s opened for artists like Alabama, Junior Brown, Todd Snider, Railroad Earth, The Deadstring Brothers, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sons of Bill and more.
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; or some may have even caught the NPR story about The Shanghai Newgrass Project, a group he co-founded and performed with throughout Shanghai from 2012-2013 along with co-founder Tom Pang, a bluegrass mandolin and fiddle player from Inner Mongolia. Regardless, wherever Adam Brooks Dudding is living or traveling to at any given moment, most likely he’ll be found performing his well-crafted, rootsy songs on a well-lit stage nearby.
“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