Seattle's Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for almost two decades.  They deliver their rockin', high-energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more.  The group melds styles ranging from Country Twang to Jump Blues and Surf to R&B, all while adding Dixieland and jazz elements.  The finished product is a sizzling sound uniquely their own.

Singer/songwriter and balladeering trumpeter, Billy Joe Huels, is known for his charismatic stage presence.  Joining Huels on stage w/ top vocal skills are Jerry Battista on lead guitar, Kelly Van Camp on drums as well as harmonica and Robin Cady on upright bass.

Seattle Weekly readers named The Dusty 45s "Best of Seattle" three years in a row, but they've steadily built their fan base at festivals and roadhouses around the country, including 8 appearances at Bumbershoot, and as support with Wanda Jackson on Adele's "21" tour in 2011.  In 2015 they were featured on the Cayamo Music Cruise, alongside top artists, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlisle. 

Last summer, the band starred as the Rydell High School Band in "Grease" at Seattle's renowned 5th Avenue Theatre.  This marked a return to the 5th Avenue stage for Huels who starred as Buddy Holly and Van Camp who played The Big Bopper in the theatre’s acclaimed production of "The Buddy Holly Story".

The band's 2014 live album, "The Dusty 45s: Live and On Fire", brings the best of the band's brassy and boppin’ sound to fans worldwide, while the band tours extensively to follow up that release.


Musicians: The Dusty 45s

Location: Tractor Tavern, Seattle, Washington

Photographer: Joey Watts


The Dusty 45s are proud to partner with DESC (formerly Downtown Emergency Service Center). DESC’s mission is to shelter and house Seattle’s most vulnerable homeless adults, particularly those with serious mental and addictive illnesses. DESC is vital organization in the Seattle community, and The Dusty 45s are pleased to be associated with their valuable work.