I (d)evolved in Akron, cutting my teeth to sounds of the Rubber City -- DEVO,
Hammer Damage Band, Tin Huey, Chi-Pig, The Numbers Band. After moving
to NYC in the fall of '81, I landed a dream job in the mailroom at William Morris.
After earning my agent wings, I relocated to LA, but soon grew weary of chasing
talent for the entertainment Goliath, and a year later I was back in New York.
Overcoming my performance anxieties, I finally launched my music career.
I first fronted The Trolls, an acoustic duo that specialized in kid songs for adults.
After several thousand gigs with my partner Didi, it was time to move on. Soon after,
I cofounded the punk grunge quartet Bastards of Execution (aka BöE). An East
Village staple that pre-dated the Seattle grunge movement by several years, our
legendary shows at storied venues like CBGB's, Limelight and Downtown Beirut soon
afforded us an international cult following. Our twisted originals and obscure cover
tunes provided the perfect antidote for the pedestrian synth pop then coveted by
the jaded rock press and pimped by the predictable FM radio programmers.
Needless to say, it was all too much and after two years we imploded.
Several months later, I recovered to form the psychedelic folk-rock quintet
The Dusty Diamonds. For two years we would flourish. At one point, this stellar outfit
featured co-vocalists Jill Henessey (Crossing Jordan) and Laura Fay Lewis (Bliss).
A much-coveted bootleg featuring Matthew Sweet and Robert Quine on guitars still
makes the rounds. Moreover, our highly interpretive cover version of "Ramble On"
for the Led Zeppelin tribute The Song Retains The Name II (SafeHouse) was
recorded and released during this time period. And we also contributed a
track for the celebrated and legendary "popaganda" artist Ron English's
very first tribute record English 101 released in 1994.
But we couldn't maintain, so the band broke up. Shortly after, along with
lead guitarist Mark Lonergan (Band of Susans), I started the country-rock
quartet The Wright Brothers. Many spirited shows followed, but that too was
short lived as I soon tired of band politics. It was time go it alone.
Thus, I would be known as Dusty Wright; purveyor of metaphysical Americana.
I would play 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 Theater in NYC. My 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 confirmed my decision to go solo.
I performed at Billy Block's Western Beat Roots Revival on WRLT-FM
radio telecast at The Sutler in Nashville. I even toyed with the idea of moving
there and let a songplugger peddle a satchel of my songs all over Music City.
During the summer of 1998, my ode to baseball "Baseball (America's Game)"
was featured on the Fox Sports Network television program Pennant Chase and as
a jumbotron video at Major League ballparks all over America. It was also included on
the Nolan Ryan Tribute CD (Hungry for Music) released in the summer of 1999 and
sold at the Baseball Hall of Fame. I made it to Cooperstown and never played.
In 1999, my roots-rock quartet The Bush Hogs (featuring J.P. Bowersock)
became the house band at the storied Hogs & Heifers Saloon for two years.
(I even booked all the bands in this raucous honky tonk.) Our Johnny Cash
Tribute night was one of the highlights of 2000. In 2001, I reunited with guitarist
Mark Lonergan and my new quartet The Concrete Canyon Cowboys remained
busy through 2002 with plenty of private BBQs and high-profile gigs.
My first solo debut, Dusty Wright, co-produced by David Ogilvy, was
recorded in London and released in the fall of 1997. And my sophomore
effort -- the concept record entitled dust! -- was released in the winter of 2000.
My third solo CD entitled Elevened was released in 2004. It featured my new
band The Jaguars -- drummer Pete DeMeo (5 Chinese Brothers), slide guitarist
David Waters (Fender Man), and bassist Tony Oppenheimer (GIANTfingers).
This 4 star "maximum Americana" CD was hailed by critics everywhere.
And if that wasn't enough, I formed the chamber-folk quartet GIANTfingers
with cellist Matt Goeke (Church of Betty). In the Spring of 1998 we provided music
for the A&E Biography on Andy Warhol as well as playing their premier party.
We released our self-titled debut in the fall of 2002. The Village Voice called
it "chamber art rock" combining elements of the Talking Heads and Nick Cave.
I landed two of my tunes in Hollywood films in 2008. "Cuts Like A Blade"
was featured in the Dylan Walsh/Danny DeVito movie Just Add Water,
and "I'm Still In Love (w/You)" in the romantic comedy Ghost Town
starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, and Tea Leoni.
In 2009, I recorded my fourth solo acoustic album featuring
some of my favorite NY musicians -- Erik Deutsch on keyboards,
Jerry Krenach on drums, and Matt Goeke on cello. If We Never... was
released in 2011 on PetRock Records. The first single "Secret Window"
won 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. Ernie has directed videos for Bruce Springsteen,
Jeff Buckley, Ozzy Osborne, and more. It can be seen on YouTube.
2013 found me recording "Round & Round" for David Lynch's TM
Music Foundation. All proceeds benefited the TM foundation and
was available exclusively via iTunes. It's now on Bandcamp.
In 2015, I curated the very prestigious Acoustic Guitar Project
for NYC. I also contributed a new track "The Patriarch's Advice."
Songs from my next solo album Caterwauling Towards The Light
are currently available for digital consumption at Bandcamp.com.
You can find all of my music digitally at CDBaby.com,
Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, iTunes, and on this website.