Dusty Sommers

Dusty Sommers

BandBluesAcoustic

Hey there Folks. its been ..much thanks to Sonicbids, they makes it so easy to get a chance at some killer gigs worldwide!!!! and checkout my Site on the 'Hittin' the Web Family' page with the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts&Great Southern,Matt Barantti, Donna Hopkins and others... Seeya, Dusty

Biography

When I was real young , I'd go with my Pop on Sundays mornings down to his nightclub, 'the Riverside' to sweep the floor...do a little fishin' in back on the river and I'd play with the instruments left over from the night before on the band stand,,,,. banging on the drums, turning on the electric steel guitar and making' it sound like "cats in heat", on a Hot summer night... and I remember there was a old battered and dented metal guitar ( I now figure this was a pre- war National Duolain... ) and I'd strum across the strings and the 'sound' it would make ,,,would get the hair standing on my arms... a spooky feeling would always come over me ...strange that almost 50 years later... I'm making my living with one.....

I started playing guitar when I was about 7 or so... I'd sling my guitar over my shoulder, walk across the road, through the graveyard and down the railroad tracks to a small one room shack on a swamp and take my lessons, but trying to learn 'she'll be coming around the mountain' and 'turkey in the straw' turned me off fast...... So after a few months of that crap, I started playing the drums and put the guitar away for awhile....I didn't have to learn any chords and I could sit down, so I was pretty happy !!!

About 1966 or so, I was about 14 or 15 and running away from home, and doing a lot of surfing and playing in garage bands, and I ended up at the Newport Folk Festival ,where I met B.B. King !!! Who introduced me to the Legendary' King of the Delta Blues' Son House, who took me aside and told me to" be a good boy , go to church and read the Bible...", all the while Lighten' Hopkins was looking on and laughing at me!!! I was both scared and thrilled, and started playing the guitar again, this time using only open tunings and a slide ( I still don't have a clue when it comes to standard tuning) and learning from the old records of Skip James, Charlie Patton, Bukka White and Son House among others.... and developed , I guess, a style of my own.....

Lyrics

Cloud's

Written By: public domain


So cloudy ,, so cloudy ...hhmmmm
I believe is gonna rain....
I dont believe my women love me....
She's in love with another man...

Go look at the weather....
I believe is gonna be a flood......
I believe my baby gonna quit me...
I can feel it in my blood........

Oh stop and listen,,,,,now...
dont you hear that thunder roar....
I'm so blue and lonesome.. dont you hear how the wind is blowing....

So cloudy... so cloudy,,hmmm rain,,,rain..rain
Lord I wonder why ,,, my love is always in vain ,,
all in vain......

Sickbed Blues…

Written By: Skip James


Hurt and sick, Im lying in my bed
I usta have some friends but now they wish I was dead...

Awful pain and Deep in misery
I got nobody to come and see about me

every dog ,baby gots to have its day.....
but I say please , dont treat me this way

the doctor came in looking very sad..
he diagnosed my case and he told me it was bad...

he walked away, mumbled very low...
ya may get better, but you wont get well no more...

I got a long trip and Im to weak to ride....
now I got a thousand people on my best side....

you take a stone, and you can bruse my bone
but your sure gonna miss me when Im dead and gone...

Ive been over the ocean, been across the sea
but I find no people who gives me sympathy...

Going way down South..

Written By: j Dustin Sommers ( Idlewild East ASCAP)


Im going way down South...
when that roster crows
Im going way down South...
were that warm wind blows...

Im going to see my lady
its been a long, long time...
I gotta see that woman
before I lose my mind....

So when that sun rises up...
Ill be on the road...
Stay outta my way , mister
I got a long way to go...

SO when that roster crows
at the break of day...
I pack my bags...
and slip away.... oh yeah ;)

Discography

On CD, I was first on 'Sounds from the Underground' in 1996 from Rodell Records in Hollywood,California... a Compliation of music with different styles promoted to a WorldWide audience....

next in 1998 , 'Big River Blues'...(self produced and recorded)...a stark and primitive solo effort in the 'Deep Blues'...on Acoustic, National and Dobro guitars.... which was acclaimed by Gunieve Williams. Blues Editor of Amazon.com.... and the first Indie Artist to be included in the Amazon Christmas Catalog in 99. and the CD ended off the year at #7 in the Indie Acoustic Blues in Sales...

then in late 2002 , with finishing of a few solo songs , 'Blues Take me Home ...' was released...Acoustic Blues with Red Reo, Bruce Vallone, and the Legendary Mad Dog on harp....to much critical aclaim !!!

In Nov of 2003. I appeared on the 'Lanaroo Festival 'CD in Elwood City,PA with the Matt Barranti Band and other great players....
and have been involved with my Alt.Folk/country/bluegrass band 'the Lightin' Brothers' and am currentally working on a acoustic solo CD 'Exile on Big River' due in early Spring 07....check out Dates section for CD release party!

Set List

the set lists varied,,, from gig to gig depending on those involved, but you can count on a gritty style on the Slide,, featuring Originals and old Folk Blues in a Swamp Yankee backporch style ... in the folk Blues style to weaving acoustic instrumentals...you can call it what you want,, but most people just call it 'real good' lol!!!!
first set is a quick 45 minutes to a hour.... and same for the second.....in a jam based acoustic style streaching out when it feels right with dueling Reso guitars with G Charles Mark."Street" Baker or Sonny Boy on both harp and guitar!!! and we have been known to play easliy for 4 hours.... so ya get your money's worth LOL

this years its been mostly a solo acoustic gigs. useing all vintage Gibsons, National's( guitar,Duolain,a mandolin and a uke) and a old Dobro Houndog....Ive been playing songs off my 3 CD's and my up coming one due this Spring ( check dates for CD Release party)

I'm worth the price, and the ride's Ive set up, are for another