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
From his own Easy Toe band in Vancouver, to the Bob Regan show touring Alberta, to the Caribou
Cowboys and the Dusty Woods Band and a career as an online independent musician, Dusty 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
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!
What Is Dusty's Music Like?
Dusty called his music “ultimate honky-tonk”. Traditional country music with solid touches of
rockabilly, outlaw country, blues, and 50s, Dusty’s music covers a range of moods and feelings (Click
on a title to hear a sample):
Classic country weepers like "I Don’t Mind" (from Dusty's "Patchwork" album).
Mid-tempo two-steps like "One More Singing Cowboy" (from the "Too Old To Boogie, Too
Young To Die" album).
Country rock like "Stumble Inn" (from the "Straight Up, No Rocks" album).
Rockabilly like Dusty's take on the traditional "Crawdad" (from the "Tele-Pickin’ Bandit" album).
Classic Chicago blues like “Moanin’ For My Baby” (from the “On The Blue Side” album).
Latino blues like “Havana Blues” (from the “Gypsy Blues” album).
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.
You can hear and download Dusty's music on this website and on his Bandcamp page.
Talking To Dusty: An Interview
(The following information was taken partly from Dusty’s Bio/Interview on the old Opry North
“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
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
“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!