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Seattle’s Dusty 45s have a reputation for firing up the crowd. They deliver their rockin’, high-energy music at just the right throttle to keep fans on their feet, begging for more. Over the years, the group has devoured styles ranging from twang country, jump blues, surf, and pure rock & roll, mixed-in elements from influences such as Dixieland and Jazz, and now serve-it-up as a sizzling sound all their own. With two wailing electric guitars, a slappin’ upright bass and some guaranteed knock-down drumming, they take it to 11 with a blazing trumpet.
Singer/songwriter and front man Billy Joe Huels leads the band with an engaging, charismatic stage presence, a rippin’ guitar, and a trumpet which serves as an extension of himself. By the end of the show, the trumpet ends up on fire, literally. His original songs are delivered with panache by Seattle’s finest roots-rock wrecking crew: Jerry Battista on lead guitar, Kelly Van Camp on drums, and Jeff Gray on upright bass. The quartet was tapped to back ‘The Queen of Rockabilly” and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, in support of her blazing, Jack White-produced record. This past summer they toured throughout the West with Ms. Jackson, opening for Grammy winning artist Adele.
The Dusty 45s have been thrilling crowds for over a decade. The readers of the Seattle Weekly voted them “Best of Seattle” 3 years in a row. In 2007 Huels enchanted the theater crowd, starring as Buddy Holly in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater’s production of “The Buddy Holly Story.”
With a deep discography, thousands of miles on the tour van odometer, and a committed fan base in the western US and Europe, the Dusty 45s are a professional, talented band with a creative fire that burns bright.
Billy Joe Huels – Trumpet/guitar/lead vocals
Jerry Battista – Lead guitar/vocals
Kelly Van Camp – Drums, harmonica, vocals
Jeff Gray – Upright Bass, vocals