Click to hear: THE WINDING SHEET (from The Emergency Lane) The Winding Sheet
Dudley has been exploring the hidden lives of marginalized people since his late teens, starting first with his award-winning performance art pieces, then in fiction, documentary film and – finally – indie-folk music. The Kentucky native first began performing his “surreal, modern folk tales” (Village Voice) to downtown New York audiences in the early ’90s, with a musical style halfway between the experimental chamber pop of The Decemberists and the Appalachian folk of Gillian Welch – a style New York Press called “a new kind of American balladry”, which lead Amplifier to dub him “a masterful storyteller in Bruce Springsteen/Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits territory.” After a brief foray with the Knitting Factory’s label, Dudley released three solo albums on Fang – most recently The Emergency Lane, which was honored as Best Album at the 2009 Outmusic Awards. The other two albums listed on this page are comparably impressive. Dudley also stars as a featured vocalist in Chris Rael’s Araby.
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