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  posted on 4/7/2005 at 04:25 PM
Hey there Dusty! How are things going? I don't if this has already been covered or what, if it has, this thread can die, or whatever. I was just curious who inspired you to play guitar?

Another question was, were you ever inspired by J.J. Cale? I was listening to him today, and when I heard his voice, it reminded me a lot of yours when you sing.

Peace, Mike

 

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  posted on 4/8/2005 at 12:22 PM
That's too funny, Mike. I just recently started listening to Dusty's stuff and Sittin' on the Porch With A Beer in my Hand was the first thing that popped to mind. I said it made me think of a hybrid JJCale/SidVicious.
Where is the ConcaveBluesPreacher hiding BTW?

 

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  posted on 4/10/2005 at 04:39 PM

 

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  posted on 4/11/2005 at 07:55 PM
Hey Mike !!! good question..... I was just curious who inspired you to play guitar? I blame it on women hehehe....
and to be honest, dont have any JJ Cale...and cant recall what he sounds like... but to be in the same thought as JJ, is a big compliment!!!!
I was reading a article on him in Gritz, really a amazing dude, and his attitude is similar to mine also
I've been working on a interview.. that Pam sent me months ago , only 10 questions,,,,so I thought it would be easy.... but the more i wrote the more came out,,, hes some of it....

Okay 10 questions....

1. Why do you feel it is so important to keep the old style of blues alive?
Well.., I dident realize it or never planned to do any thing except play music..and. it was one of the first types of music I really listened to ....aside from the Beatles and Surf music..
…...growing up in RI, we had the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals...and when I was a kid ,about 14 or so..., I was a surfer and had brass cohunes and played drum’s and some guitar...I hung around with guys who were 17, 18 , cause I was real good surfer ,so they liked me....and before I was driving they would pick me up... and I'd go were there would go...so I ended up in a lot of situations in the mid 60's were kids my age missed out on.....

Now the old style of Blues,,,watching the Old Guys ( Lightin' Hopkins, BB, Son House Bukka White Skip James,Muddy ect ) at Newport in 65, 66 or so... scared the heck outta me,,,,It was ‘BB’ who introduced me to ‘Son’ House, I had no clue who he was, But ‘B’ said something like ‘boys, I want you to meet the King of the Blues, Son House!!!!’ and it was early afternoon and he was dressed in his suit and tie and smelled of booze, but he pulled me aside, asked me my name and when I told him ‘Dusty’…his eyes kinda widened… and told me to’’look here now, your not like the rest…you be a good boy, go to church and read the bible…’
… It was about 30 years later that I found out one of the names Robert Johnson used was Dusty..(Still kinda freaks me out to this day)….
But back to that day in Newport,,,As we were talking my friend was telling BB and Son that we or we thought we were Bluesman…and sitting in the background was a big man with a gold LesPaul,, and a gold tooth, drinking from a long neck Bud , and started laughing…’’bluesmen , Bluesmen!!! that’s the funniest thing ‘I’ve ever heard…hahahaha…you white boys anit no bluesman hahaha”’ and Son said ‘Hush now Lightin’ , leave the boys alone….’’’
So we were getting ripped on by Lightin’ Hopkins and had Son House covering our back hahaha….
That was the start on the Path of my search for real Blues music… and started to listen to every album of blues I could get my hands on…and what I found was to me’ the truth’.. that pain and suffering were universal…and all people had , have and will suffer in Life…no matter what the race…
Seeing Skip James play ‘I’m so glad’ and then a few years later… hearing Cream do it,,, to me validated my ‘quest’ if ya wanna call it that…and the same with the Allman Brothers, I had seen T BoneWalker, do’ Stormy Monday’ and we would do a version of it,,,,in 69 when I first saw the ABB in Boston…. It was one of the songs they played,,, and it was like’ Wow, a T bone song.. These guys are cool’
… I could go on and on first meeting Duane(I don’t talk about it much, and only to certain people), and talking music and slide with him…he was taken back by my knowledge of the Blues and knowing BB, Son and , Muddy ect…. And we quickly bonded and became good friends…, and he never forgot me,, and always made sure and even went out of his way, to get me into their early gigs up East!!

 

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  posted on 4/12/2005 at 02:24 PM
If you havent heard JJ, I can send you an acoustic show of him. He's grown on me a lot. I had him playing in my living room, and my older brother comes in and laughs at the music. He says, why is this guy playing eric clapton songs? I laughed at him and told him that JJ had co-written some of Eric Claptons songs like "after midnight" and "cocaine", and even Lynyrd Skynyrd's "call me the breeze." The grin on his face made my day.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2005 at 05:43 PM
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... JJ had co-written some of Eric Claptons songs like "after midnight" and "cocaine", ....

Mike, I don't think EC co-wrote those.
Cale once said{paraphrasing here}- he could care less if folks really knew who he was or not, because the fact that God(EC) would want to do his songs was all the validation he would ever need for one life. Then he added "plus the royalties have been kind".
His goal in life was to sit on the porch with his guitar and a beer.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2005 at 05:49 PM
Nice job, Dusty...definitly left us drooling for more!
 

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  posted on 4/25/2005 at 10:55 AM
Cale once said{paraphrasing here}- he could care less if folks really knew who he was or not, because the fact that God(EC) would want to do his songs was all the validation he would ever need for one life. Then he added "plus the royalties have been kind".
His goal in life was to sit on the porch with his guitar

hey did I read that in Gritz...a few issues ago lol....
and I love his goal.. . I just need a few more songs...ok alot more songs to live off royalities....
and Mike , sure send me some JJ... thanks little Bro!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/17/2009 at 06:20 AM
Thank you for sharing this article. really helpful

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 11:54 PM
I got alot of Respect for Bobby Whitlock too..... All round Great guy......aside from being one of the best B3 players and a killer song writter.....
SO what r u selling Robin... u do dishes????

 

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