Track Premiere: Dusty Wright “Friend Of The Devil”

Dusty Wright’s musical biography is a storied one – from folk bands singing kids’ songs for adults, through the garage-punk of Bastards of Execution and onwards through The Dusty Diamonds, who were inspired by a love for all things Jefferson:  Airplane and Starship.  The country folk of the Wright Brothers saw the man born Mark J. Petracca reborn as Dusty Wright – who would get his first eponymous solo album in 1997.  Layer on years of solo material, side-bands and radio concerts backed by John Prine’s band and you have a rich musical heritage.

So why a cover of The Dead’s ‘Friend of the Devil’?  It’s another of those sidetracks, which sees Dusty Wright covering classic americana songs.   It’s also a return to the start – the real start, the time before the first folk band – all the way back to when he was three and got his first record player, and a youth spent listening to a radio soundtrack of Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, Todd Rundgren, Dylan, Roxy Music, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Elton John, CSN&Y, Warren Zevon.  And, presumably, The Grateful Dead.

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About Jonathan Aird 1929 Articles
Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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