The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades. With a dynamic sound and signature style, they champion the foundations of American music to the delight of fans and critics alike. Ripping through their original hits while paying homage to the likes of Buddy Holly, Herb Alpert, Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong, the band brings audiences to their feet and leaves them begging for more. Their finished product is a sizzling sound uniquely their own.
Led by singer/songwriter and trumpeteer, Billy Joe Huels, the band features Jerry Battista (lead guitar), Robin Cady (upright bass), Kohen Burrill (drums), and William Stover (piano). 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. The band was also recently featured at Seattle's renowned 5th Avenue Theatre in their production of the musical, “Grease”. 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 bold and brassy sound to fans worldwide. The Dusty 45s continue to tour in support of that release, and plans to release a new studio record in the upcoming year.
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.