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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 serve-it-up as a sizzling sound all their own.
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, Robin Cady on upright bass, and Arthur Migliazza on the Keys.
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.” The fellas were also tapped to back ‘The Queen of Rockabilly” and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, in support of her blazing, Jack White-produced record. They were also honored to tour throughout the West with Ms. Jackson, opening for Grammy winner Adele.
With a deep discography, thousands of miles on the tour van odometer, and a committed fan base, 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.
Robin Cady – Upright Bass, vocals
Arthur Migliazza – Piano, vocals