Dusty Wright

Dusty Wright

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Maximum Americana! The roots-rock passion of Sun-era Johnny Cash, the sweet harmonies and ringing guitars of The Jayhawks, and the pop-rock anthems of Creedence Clearwater Revival all rolled into one NYC-based band.

Biography

As many a road manager for a Brit-rock act has discovered, America is a difficult place to transverse. The land between Nashville, Austin, and Bakersfield is littered with thousands of acoustic guitars, each chronicling their own small patch of experience. Some sound like country, some sound like folk, and some sound like rock 'n roll. But they all share the same defiant tone of words that need to be said.

That's a lot of sound to fit into the small space between strings and the neck. But NYC-based Dusty Wright still carries the country in a case, writing music that captures all the heights and depths that blow across this land. The job is part of tradition, but it’s as simple as a tune that can’t be forgotten.

These are songs measured in bus fare, and built on heartbreak, humor, and perseverance. Authenticity is not an issue. Dusty Wright is a modern guy who has recorded and worked with folks like Matthew Sweet, The Delevantes, and guitar freak Robert Quine (Lou Reed, Lloyd Cole). And you can hear the magical interplay on his latest effort Elevened. Here he’s joined by Harlem roots-rocker Queen Esther on vocals and Brooklyn singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Preacher Boy.

He's recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, with whoever brings out the best in a song. He's not sleeping under the stars. He's not rustling cattle. He's not riding the rails—unless you count the occasional D train.

Dusty Wright is just sitting alone in a room, where he writes songs that resonate beyond any four walls. That's how it's worked before. That's how it's working now. - J.R. Taylor

Lyrics

Love Saves The Day

Written By: Dusty Wright

WELL, THE WORLD SWIVELS ON A WOMAN’S HIP
THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY
AND A MAN’S HEART IS BOUND TO SKIP
WHEN SHE LOOKS HIS WAY
HE MIGHT SMELL HER WALK
SHE MIGHT BUY HIS TALK
But LOVE SAVED THE DAY

THE FIRST TIME HE GAZED UPON HER FACE
HIS KNEES, THEY STARTED TO SHAKE
BUT WHEN SHE PUT HIM IN HIS PLACE
HE SAID “WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE?”
CUZ SHE SOLD HER WALK
AND HE BOUGHT HER TALK
and LOVE SAVEd THE DAY

CHORUS:
HE’S A HIGH ROLLIN’...LOW BALLIN’
NAME CALLIN’...SNAKE CRAWLIN’...SON OF A GUN
SHE’S A HIP SHAKER...EARTHQUAKER
HEART BREAKER...NO FAKER...and THEY FOUND LOVE

WELL, FOLKS SAID IT COULDN’T LAST A MINUTE OR MORE
THAT WAS TWO YEARS TO THE DAY
AND THEY HAD A LAUGH AT THE CHAPEL DOOR
THEY NEARLY THREW IT AWAY
Cuz HE sold his WALK
And HE bought her TALK
LOVE SAVED THE DAY

CHORUS:
HE WAS A HIGH ROLLIN’...LOW BALLIN’
NAME CALLIN’...SNAKE CRAWLIN’...SON OF A GUN
SHE WAS A HIP SHAKER...EARTHQUAKER
HEART BREAKER...NO FAKER...but THEY FOUND LOVE

SOLO & CHORUS

NOW THEY WATCH THEIR OWN KIDS SCUFFLE AND FIGHT
As THE CYCLE STARTS OVER AGAIN
BUT THEY KNOW THAT LOVE WILL MAKE THINGS RIGHT
LIKE IT DID FOR THEM
IF YOU GIVE IT TIME
THINGS WILL WORK OUT FINE
CUZ LOVE SAVES THE DAY

CHORUS:
HE WAS A HIGH ROLLIN’...LOW BALLIN’
NAME CALLIN’...SNAKE CRAWLIN’...SON OF A GUN
SHE WAS A HIP SHAKER...EARTHQUAKER
HEART BREAKER...NO FAKER...but THEY FOUND LOVE

Cherry Red Mustang

Written By: Dusty Wright


I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG…MAN, SHE’S REALLY SWEET
SHE’S GOT STUPID WIDE TIRES…REAL LEATHER BUCKET SEATS
SHE MIGHT BE Squeeky CLEAN but man, SHE’S BUILT FOR SPEED

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG…WITH A FOUR-twenty-NINE
DUAL HEMMY CAMMIES…FUEL HER OVERDRIVE
HER SUPER GLASS PACKS, SHAKE & RATTLE THEM SLACKS

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
SHE’S…OH…SO SWEET…QUEEN ON THE STREET

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG…BABY, SHE REALLY BURNS
WHEN SHE’S ON THE OPEN ROAD, gotta see her hug dem CURVES
WHEN I LET HER DROP, ALL THE SLICKS & CHEVIES STOP

- CHORUS -

- SOLO -

(MODULATE)

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG…yeah, SHE’S REALLY QUICK
JUST SADDLE UP BESIDE ME baby LET YOU SHIFT HER STICK
JUST POINT HER HEADIN’ WEST, AND LET HER DO THE REST

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
SHE’S…OH…SO SWEET…QUEEN ON THE STREET

I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
I GOT A CHERRY RED MUSTANG (SHE’S SO…)
SHE’S…OH…SO SWEET…QUEEN ON THE STREET

Wathcing Angels Cry

Written By: Dusty Wright

LATELY I LAY AWAKE ALL NIGHT
TWISTED BY THE PAIN OF MY LONEY LIFE
THE WORLD STOPS ALL AROUND BUT I CAN’T SLOW DOWN
THAT’S WHEN I KNOW I STILL NEED YOU AROUND

CHORUS 1:
IT’S A FEELIN’ I CAN NOT HIDE
MAKES MY HEART TREMBLE INSIDE
JUST LIKE WATCHIN’ ANGELS CRY

TEARS OF ANGELS DON’T EVER DRY
THEY FLOOD OUR OCEANS AND FILL OUR SKIES
BUT the TEARS OF LOVERS MAY REACH AN END
AND THAT’S WHEN LOVE LET’S YOU START AGAIN

CHORUS 2:
IT’S THE REASON I CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT
THE MOMENT I KNOW THAT IT’S RIGHT
JUST LIKE WATCHIN’ ANGELS CRY

BRIDGE:
DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM
CARES EVEN LESS WHERE YOU’VE BEEN
WE’RE ALL HEADIN’ IN THE SAME DIRECTION

- solo -

SOME SAY THAT LOVE’S STILL THE ANSWER
THE MORE we LOVE THE LESS we HATE
BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LOSE THE QUESTION
AND YOUR ANGEL JUST COULDN’T WAIT

CHORUS 1:
IT’S A FEELIN’ I CAN NOT HIDE
MAKES MY HEART TREMBLE INSIDE
JUST LIKE WATCHIN’...JUST LIKE WATCHIN’
JUST LIKE WATCHIN’ ANGELS CRY

Discography

CDS:
GIANTfingers, II (PetRock, 2006)
Dusty Wright Elevened (PetRock, 2004)
GIANTfingers GIANTfingers (PetRock, 2002)
Dusty Wright Dust! (PetRock, 2000)
Dusty Wrigth Dusty Wright (PetRock, 1997)

COMPILATIONS:
Anthropologie Music Sampler, Volume 2 (Musicbase, 2000) "Happened Upon"
Nolan Ryan; A Musical Tribute (Hungry for Music, 1999): "Baseball (America's Game)"
Kurt Newman Atlantic City EP (The Right Stuff, 1997) "Mary, Queen of Arkansas;" Springsteen tribute
English 101 (Unkulunkie, 1994) "Speed of Life;" Painter Ron English tribute
The Song Retains The Name, II (Safehouse, 1993): "Ramble On;" Led Zep tribute

We currently have several tracks getting radio/internet play.

They are: Watching Angels Cry, Love Saves The Day, Farmer's Daughter, Cherry Red Mustang, and Cuts Like A Blade.

Set List

1. ALL REVED UP
2. CHERRY RED MUSTANG
3. HONKY TONK HEART
4. SAY YOU WILL
5. FOLSOM PRISON (cover)
6. GAVE ME THE BOOT
7. DROP DEAD BEAUTY
8. KARMA
9. LITTLE BLACK EGG
10. ANASTASIA
11. WATCHING ANGELS CRY
12. DEAD END
13. LOVE SAVES THE DAY

We have three sets of music. Sets are usually 45-50 minutes long. We will occassionally work in covers but they have our spin; highly original arrangements of some known and unknown cult classics.