Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Dusty cut his teeth to the sounds of
Hammer Damage, DEVO, Tin Huey, Chi-Pig, The Numbers Band. After
moving to NYC in the '80s, he worked for the talent agency William Morris.
His first band, The Trolls, was an acoustic duo that played kids songs for adults.
In 1988, he co-founded the Bastards of Execution (aka BöE). An East
Village staple that pre-dated the Seattle grunge movement by several years,
their legendary shows at CBGB's, Limelight and Downtown Beirut soon
afforded them a spirited cult following. Twisted originals and obscure covers
provided the perfect antidote for the pedestrian synth pop then coveted
and being played ad naseum by the FM radio programmers.
A few years later, and to give his ears a break, he formed the folk-rock quintet
The Dusty Diamonds. For three years they flourished. At one point, this stellar outfit
featured co-vocalists Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) and Laura Fay Lewis (Bliss).
A much-coveted bootleg featuring guitarists Matthew Sweet and Robert Quine still
makes the rounds. Moreover, their highly interpretive cover of "Ramble On" was
released on the Led Zeppelin tribute The Song Retains The Name II (SafeHouse).
And they also contributed an original song for celebrated pop culture artist
Ron English's very first tribute record English 101 released in 1994.
But they imploded before recording their debut. Shortly after, along with
lead guitarist Mark Lonergan (Band of Susans), he started the country-rock
quartet The Wright Brothers. Many spirited shows followed, but they too
could not sustain and it became obvious that he must go it alone.
He was reborn Dusty Wright -- purveyor of metaphysical Americana.
He played countless gigs in the Tri-State area, but none as satisfying as the
Springsteen Tribute concerts in 1997 for WNEW-FM/WHY HUNGERTHON at the
Motown Cafe and Beacon Theatre in NYC. His track "Mary, Queen of Arkansas"
was issued as a B-side on the Kurt Newman (Bodeans) EP for Capitol Records.
Road tested shows in Nashville and Memphis followed finding him on stage
with John Prine's backing band for Billy Block's Western Beat Revival on
a WRLT-FM radio telecast in Nashville. He nearly relocated there while
a young female songplugger peddled his songs all over Music Row.
During the summer of 1998, his ode to baseball "Baseball (America's Game)"
was featured on the Fox Sports Network television program Pennant Chase
and on select jumbotron screens at ballparks across America. That summer
it also appeared on the Nolan Ryan Tribute CD (Hungry for Music) and
was sold at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
In 1999, his roots-rock quartet The Bush Hogs (with J.P. Bowersock)
became the house band at the storied Hogs & Heifers Saloon in NYC.
Their Johnny Cash Tribute night was one of the highlights of 2000. And
in 2001, he reunited with guitarist Mark Lonergan and formed a new
backing band -- The Concrete Canyon Cowboys -- remaining busy
through 2002 playing plenty of private parties and high-profile gigs.
His solo debut, Dusty Wright, co-produced by David Ogilvy, was
recorded in London and released in the fall of 1997. And his sophomore
effort -- the concept album entitled dust! -- was released in the winter of 2000.
His third solo effort Elevened was released in 2004. It featured his new band
The Jaguars -- drummer Pete DeMeo (5 Chinese Brothers), slide guitarist
David Waters (Waters Project), and bassist Tony Oppenheimer (GIANTfingers).
This 4-star "maximum Americana" CD was hailed by critics everywhere.
As a side project, he formed the chamber-folk quartet GIANTfingers.
In 1998 they provided music for the A&E Biography on Andy Warhol
as well as playing the series launch party. In the fall of 2002, he and cellist
Matt Goeke (Church of Betty) released a critically-hailed self-titled debut.
In 2008, Dusty landed two songs in Hollywood films. "Cuts Like A Blade"
was featured in Just Add Water starring Dylan Walsh and Danny DeVito,
and "I'm Still In Love (w/You)" in the romantic comedy Ghost Town
featuring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni.
In 2009, he began work on his fourth effort with some of his favorite
NYC musicians -- Erik Deutsch on keyboards, David Waters on slide,
Jerry Krenach on drums, and Matt Goeke on cello. If We Never... was
released in 2011 on PetRock Records. The first single "Secret Window"
went on to win the best music video at the LA Film & Script Festival.
In the summer of 2012, "It's About Time" was released as a rally song
for freedom fighters everywhere. The video was directed by NY-based
filmmaker Ernie Fritz. Mr. Fritz directed videos for Bruce Springsteen,
Jeff Buckley, Ozzy Osborne, et al., and can be seen on YouTube.
2013 found him releasing "Round & Round"for David Lynch's TM
Music Foundation. All proceeds benefited the TM foundation and
it was released exclusively via iTunes.; now on Bandcamp.
In 2015, Dusty curated the prestigious Acoustic Guitar Project for
New York. He contributed a new track "The Patriarch's Advice."
Dusty released his fifth solo album Caterwauling Towards The Light
in January 2017. An homage to his deceased father and younger
brother, it has been well-received by both fans and critics alike. His
current single "Fly" was licensed for a VR music video for suicide
prevention and fighting depression -- SilenceIsNotGolden.
One can download or play all of his music on CDBaby.com,
Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, etc., and on this website.