From: CA, United States
Genre: Folk, Alternative, Singer-Songwriter
Dudley Saunders began his music career first as a performance artist - only to find the “experimental folk music” he wrote for his pieces take over his career: in 2009, he won the Outmusic Award for “Best Album” and in 2011 he won the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for the Western Region.
Described by critics as “surreal, modern folk tales” (VILLAGE VOICE), Dudley’s performance art told stories about strange, haunted characters, usually the social rejects who congregated in New York’s East Village during the 1980s. The pieces were told in an evangelical mixture of text and song, much like a southern “tent-revival meeting,” but with the aggressive surrealism William Burroughs. As the years passed, his Jeff Buckley-like voice and emotive folk melodies began to attract a non-art-world audience.
Most recently, he wrote the theme song to the film UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP. He currently lives and records in Los Angeles, and tours nationally.