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Dusty Woods was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 1947 and passed away in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2017.
Dusty started performing in bands in his early teens. One of his earliest experiences was playing accordion in a jazz band (of course, all musicians must suffer to be authentic!). He played in a number of country and rock bands, always honing his craft, learning stagecraft from more experienced performers.
From his own Easy Toe band in Vancouver, to the Bob Regan show touring Alberta, to the Dusty Woods Band and a career as an online independent musician, spent his life entertaining audiences. Dusty's final home was in Digby, Nova Scotia, near the famous Bay of Fundy. Failing health prevented him from getting involved in the music scene in this very musical province.
The man is gone, but his music lives on. Dusty's online presence is managed by his wife, Jeri-Lynn Woods (Mrs. Dusty), whose goal is to share Dusty's music with the world. If you like what you hear, spread the word - let's keep the Dusty Woods legacy alive!
Dusty called his music “ultimate honky-tonk”. Partly traditional country music, partly blues and 50s rock but all honky tonk country, Dusty’s music covers a range of moods and feelings (Click on a title to hear a sample):
Dusty’s years of doing honky tonk country, bar-band blues, and 50′s rock ‘n roll and doo-wah had their roots in his early influences, which included Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, BB King, Lefty Frizzell, and Buddy Holly. Dusty’s music is flavoured with his own unique style.
SO HOW DO I GET TO HEAR THIS STUFF? You’ll find downloadable links throughout this website – just click on any album or song title link, like those above. (I'm still in the process of adding these links, so be patient and check back often!)
Listen, enjoy - and if you like Dusty's music, please consider buying, whether an individual title or an entire album.
Dusty Woods in the Cariboo (cowboy country in central BC)
(The following information was taken partly from Dusty’s Bio/Interview on the old Opry North website.)
“Looking back on your earliest experiences in the music industry what did you learn that made the most difference at that time?”
I learned how to entertain and how important it is.
“What two things would you say are the most important things to do or have to succeed to the level you’d wanted to?”
You’ve got to have determination (stubbornness) and the ability to treat music as a business. Love it all you want but take care of business first.
“The world of press kits, promo shots, making contacts and networking may seem overwhelming to someone just starting out. What’s the best advice you could give someone regarding getting all this sorted out?”
Find cheap or free alternatives at first. Don’t go broke on peripherals. Make your show top notch first. The rest will follow.
“The team you choose to help out when things take off plays a large part in how stress free things become. What qualities must you look for to be sure the person you’ve chosen is right for the team?”
Competence, honesty and loyalty. I believe in finding the best people for a job and letting them do it.
“What, if any, preparation did you have to do to get started or advance? Has there been vocal, dance, maybe business instruction along the way?”
No. I learned by doing. Mostly I worked for/with people who were better than me and copied every lick or joke or bit of stage craft I saw.
“They say to be good at what you do you have to keep learning. What areas of the music business do you want to start learning more about next?”
I’d like to investigate some of that ‘fame & fortune’ stuff I keep hearing about. Never tried it but I think I’m about ready.
“What did you discover about touring that you hadn’t expected?”
No matter how big your name is on the marquee you’ve still got to find a place to do your laundry.
“Any tips to make things run smoother?”
Always try to be friendly to the staff where you’re playing. A good waitress who likes you is more precious than gold!
Dusty Woods, out standing in his field!
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