The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades to the delight of fans and critics alike. With their signature style and unique sound, the band is a consistently powerful and energetic player in the Americana field.
Led by charismatic singer/songwriter, guitarist and trumpeter, Billy Joe Huels, the raucous band tears through Huels’ original songs that draw inspiration from the roots of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Honky tonk and Jazz. Current members of The Dusty 45s also include Jerry Battista(lead guitar), Rod Cook (Lead Guitar) Robin Cady (upright bass), and Kohen Burrill (drums). Huels and his outfit have steadily built their fan base since 1997. The Dusty 45s have toured extensively and they backed Rock and Roll hall of famer, Wanda Jackson multiple times. A highlight with Jackson was when they joined her opening for Adele's "21" tour in 2011.
The Dusty 45s have also shared the stage with many other musical greats including, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlisle, John Prine, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lucinda Williams, Leann Rhymes, Michael Franti & Spearhead to name a few. Huels also enjoyed starring as Buddy Holly at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and in 2019 interviewed Ken Burns for Seattle’s PBS affiliate (KCTS) regarding his 2019 documentary, “Country Music”.
The Dusty 45s have released 7 recordings. The 2014 album, “Live and On Fire”, showcases the best of their bold and brassy sound recorded live in Seattle WA. Huels and the band are currently working on a new recording, due out in 2021.