Dudley Saunders | The Billy White Acre Sessions+

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The Billy White Acre Sessions+

by Dudley Saunders

Dudley writes "eerie yet emotionally powerful post-modern folk songs"(IMPACT) with hallucinatory lyrics that "give new meaning to the term Southern Gothic." (POZ) Says FLAVORPILL.com, "Even formidable comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Lyle Lovett don't do
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1. The Undoing (Everyday)
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2. The Truck of the Rising Sun
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3. Dead Bird Fly (Daddy When He Sings)
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4. The Locust
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5. Love In Crystal
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6. Disgrace (circa 1988)
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7. The Undoing (Everyday) (Radio Edit)
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Album Notes
"Haunting music and a beautiful voice." - New York Post

"His writing and his performance have power, humor, and grace." - New Yorker

"Harsh and heartbreaking." - Village Voice

"Nourishment for the intelligent, introspective adult listener." - Billboard

How many Appalachian singers get featured in experimental-funk bands? Or on Indian-fusion rock tracks? Or avant-garde "neo-pop" records? Count one: Alt-country artist Dudley Saunders, whose second solo CD THE BILLY WHITE ACRE SESSIONS+ is finally bringing him back home.

But the long-awaited follow-up to his GLAMA-nominated debut, RESTORE, only makes clear why so many divergent artists are drawn to work with him. Although grounded in "deep country," Saunders' songs regularly take unexpected leaps into adventurous melodies, a quality which led MUSIC CONNECTION to dub him "the Joni Mitchell of the gay-music movement." Couple this with lyrics so darkly poetic they rival Elliott Smith, and a haunting, Jeff Buckley-like voice that "conveys an amazing sense of vulnerability and pain" (IMPACT), and you have an artist hard to get out of your head.

The new EP was recorded and produced in collaboration with the award-winning composer and producer Billy White Acre ("Best Indie Album," LA Music Awards; "First Place," Billboard Song Contest), and the results are Dudley's best work yet: the cryptic family saga "Locust" receives a hauntingly appropriate trip-folk treatment, while "Truck of the Rising Sun" sounds at times like a honky-tonk band in hell, both exuberant and a little bit frightening. But the collaboration bears its hookiest fruit with the co-written "The Undoing (Everyday)," which manages to fuse their styles seamlessly into an emotional anthem. "That one really surprised both of us," says Saunders.

Though his efforts are currently focused on supporting this new release, Dudley is on a mission to get his catalog out: starting in July, he will begin releasing one new song in MP3 format each month for a year, then collecting them all on one album.

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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Intelligent and intriguing !
Dudley was part of the anti-folk and avant-jazz movements in New York City but moved to Los Angeles to work on his second release with Billy White. The two, along with Bobby Macintyre on drums and Pierpaolo Tiano on organ, have crafted a haunting seven-track collection. Saunders pens poetic, vibrant lyrics that are contrasted with mid-tempo, perky instrumentation. The CD opens and closes with alternative version of 'Everyday' Dudley's vocals are crisp and clean as he sings about mistakes that may or may not be undone. The guitars and rhythms are firm yet gentle allowing the lyrics to speak for themselves. 'The Truck...' moves along on brush stroke drumming and an organ that sounds like an accordion. It has a cheerful honky-tonk tone merging with a scary undertone. Dudley Saunders is a exceptional musician and his unique blend of light and dark textures and tones are intelligent and intriguing!
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Mario Conti

Liked it so much I've been telling friends about it
I am so pleased with this C D and so happy that I ordered it. I have been telling my friends about it and I'm a bit surprised that It isn't more well known.
Thanks Dudley
Thanks C D Baby
MARIO CONTI, NYC, NY
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