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Like k.d. lang and Laurie Anderson, singer/songwriter Dudley Saunders began his music career first as a critically-acclaimed performance artist - only to find the experimental "gothic folk" music he wrote for his pieces take over his career.
Described by critics as "surreal, modern folk tales" (VILLAGE VOICE), Dudley's performance art told stories about strange, haunted people, usually exiles of some kind. Many were southern, many urban, but most of them were extremely sexual and rejected by their families for the forbidden, even obscene thoughts they couldn't keep out of their heads and their lives. The pieces were told in a mixture of text and song, but as the years passed and his songwriting grew, audiences began to respond much more powerfully to the songs. With his Jeff Buckley-like voice and his intricate folk melodies, he began to draw a non-art-world audience.
Dudley recorded his debut for Fang Records in the mid-90's, with art-fuck artist Chris Cochrane. Together, they also recorded a band record as SUCK PRETTY for Knitting Factory Works. All those songs were written by Cochrane and the band broke up.
Midway through his second album, Dudley abrupty moved to California and started to record all over again. These tracks slowly made their way out on Fang as THE BILLY WHITE ACRE SESSIONS in 2005.
In 2007, Dudley recorded his most intricate and disturbing record, THE EMERGENCY LANE, with Duncan Sheik stalwart Milo Decruz as producer and arranger.
Currently, he is writing and recording a new album of songs based on obscure novels. He has also begun a new interactive website project.
At DudleySaunders.com, web-surfers find a panoramic, 1920¹s-era photo of the entire population of a small town. But as they scroll through the sepia-toned crowd, they discover that the twisted people in Dudley's songs are hidden there. Signs appear over them: Whore. Killer. Masochist. A click brings you video of Dudley taking you inside the fascinating background on the songs and the characters' lives.
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