The 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 Honky Tonk, Jump Blues, Surf and R&B, all while adding Dixieland and Jazz elements. The finished product is a sizzling sound uniquely their own.
Led by singer/songwriter and founding member Billy Joe Huels, the band features Jerry Battista on lead guitar, Robin Cady on upright bass, and Kohen Burrill on drums. For nearly 2 decades Huels and his outfit have steadily built their fan base at festivals and roadhouses around the country, including 7 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 in the theatre’s acclaimed production of "The Buddy Holly Story". The 2014 album and 7th release, "The Dusty 45s:Live and On Fire", brings the best of their brassy and boppin’ sound to fans worldwide. The band continues to tour in support of that release, and plans to release a new studio record in 2017.
Musicians: The Dusty 45s
Location: Tractor Tavern, Seattle, Washington
Photographer: Joey Watts
Background photo: Ken King
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.