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New Dusty Stray album

NEW ALBUM OUT: A Tree Fell And Other Songs was written in a small, lone trailer on the Dutch flatlands alongside the dead end of a river. Produced by Kramer. Vinyl available from GreatWaters.nl, Norman Records, Shiny Beast and more.

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Praise for DUSTY STRAY

It’s all delightfully dark and the trick of allying beautiful and tapalong music to dark words has rarely been performed as well

AMERICANA.UK

Astonishingly beautiful songs that everyone in the world should hear

KRAMER

Makes the eyes cry not because of sorrow but joy

MAVERICK

...he performed a miracle....Brown’s songs about murder and misery sound intimate, almost cozy. The arrangements are ingenious and controlled...beautiful harmony vocals...

DE VOLKSKRANT

Prima de luxe: Tales of Misfortune and Woe is home to a dozen delicate, high quality murder ballads…

ALTCOUNTRY.NL

Fragile voices, dreamy songs and freaky instruments...strong lyrics and a crystal clear production with chilling effects

TROUW

A singer-songwriter with a good eye for the musical heritage of his country, along with a pleasant twist of the mind

OOR

A TREE FELL AND OTHER SONGS: Dead End Rivers, Exotic Teas and Rumpelstiltskin

A TREE FELL AND OTHER SONGS, the fourth full-length Dusty Stray release, was written in a small, lone trailer in the flatlands of Holland alongside the dead end of a river. And appropriately so. The twelve original songs illustrating dead end relationships flow into one another in a natural, organic way. A TREE FELL is a private affair. Though more introspective and mature than the earlier three albums, the trademark Dusty Stray dark humor still abounds in numbers like BLOOD TRAIL, THE DEAD DON'T CARE and title track A TREE FELL.


After a successful collaboration with legendary American producer Kramer (Low, Ween, Galaxie 500) on FAMILY ALBUM (2013), Jonathan Brown/Dusty Stray decided to contract his services again for a “sequel”. Kramer came to Jonathan’s home studio in Amsterdam and set up camp there for four days and nights of intense recording. "We worked like crazy those few days," says Jonathan, "Mostly only stopping to share Kramer’s exotic teas. We laid down the basic tracks and then came the real magic. Kramer’s like Rumpelstiltskin -- he can spin straw into gold." The result is a glimmering musical landscape with typical Dusty Stray combination of acoustic jewelry and lyrical gems.


As far as the general sound of the album, think of Leonard Cohen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan sitting around a campfire in the dark Deep South staring up at the bright Northern Lights.

About Dusty Stray

The man behind the band Dusty Stray is Jonathan Brown. Born in Taiwan. Grew up in Texas as son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection. Went to college. Discovered vast archive of early American folk music from the 20s and 30s. Began writing his own songs. Moved to Austin where he first performed his music. Travelled with guitar through Central America where he met a Belgian woman and followed her to Europe. Met a Spanish woman. Moved to Barcelona. Formed a bluegrass band, a psychedelic rock band and a freak folk band. Met a Dutch woman.

Moved to the Netherlands where he remains today (with the same Dutch woman). Wrote, produced and performed in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival “LHO: LEE HARVEY OSWALD The Musical” in 2005. Wrote, recorded and co-produced Dusty Stray's debut album “Tales Of Misfortune And Woe” released on Basta Records in 2009 and billed by top Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant as one of the Top Ten Albums Of 2009. He went on to write and record Dusty Stray's "Light Years Away" (Basta 2011, produced by Ken Stringfellow and JB Meijers) and "Family Album" (Basta 2013, produced by Kramer), both receiving critical praise in Europe and abroad. The fourth album "A TREE FELL And Other Songs" (also produced by Kramer) will be released in November 2015.

Brown’s many influences include Harry Smith (Anthology Of American Folk Music), writer/illustrator Edward Gorey, The Handsome Family, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Velvet Underground, Pavement and The Flaming Lips.

When not on stage, he can be found in junk shops and flea markets searching for discarded photographs, 8mm home movies and diverse materials for his artwork which in turn serves as inspiration for Dusty Stray.

 
 
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Tour Dates

Date Time Location Place
22.10.2015 20:30 Patronaat (support Janne Schra) Information icon Haarlem, NL
05.11.2015 16:30 Concerto Instore Information icon Amsterdam, NL
05.11.2015 20:30 Album Release Party at De Roode Bioscoop! Information icon Amsterdam, NL
06.11.2015 20:30 Kargadoor Information icon Utrecht, NL
08.11.2015 14:00 Plato Groningen Instore Information icon Groningen, NL
08.11.2015 16:00 Wolkenfabriek Information icon Groningen, NL
10.11.2015 08:00 English Breakfast Radio Information icon Amsterdam, NL
12.11.2015 15:00 ASG LIVE @ OBA Amsterdam FM Information icon Amsterdam, NL
14.11.2015 16:00 Velvet Breda instore Information icon Breda, NL
14.11.2015 20:00 Nieuwe Nor (support Janne Schra) Information icon Heerlen, NL
15.11.2015 16:00 Kasteel Baexem Information icon Baexem, NL
19.11.2015 19:00 Plato Zwolle instore Information icon Zwolle, NL
20.11.2015 13:45 Live Uit Lloyd, RTV Rijnmond Information icon Rotterdam, NL
20.11.2015 21:00 Cul de Sac Information icon Tilburg, NL
21.11.2015 20:30 Neushoorn (support Janne Schra) Information icon Leeuwarden, NL
24.11.2015 21:30 De Nieuwe Anita Information icon Amsterdam, NL
27.11.2015 20:30 Effenaar (support Janne Schra) Information icon Eindhoven, NL
28.11.2015 20:30 Fluor (support Janne Schra) Information icon Amersfoort, NL
29.11.2015 20:30 White Hart Information icon Wimborne, UK
01.12.2015 21:00 The Ranelagh Information icon Brighton, UK
02.12.2015 20:30 The Prince Albert Information icon Stroud, UK
03.12.2015 20:30 The Bell Information icon Bath, UK
10.12.2015 20:30 Mi Casa Su Casa Information icon Baarn, NL
11.12.2015 20:30 Lantaren Venster (support Janne Schra) Information icon Rotterdam, NL
16.12.2015 20:00 Oosterpoort (support Janne Schra) Information icon Groningen, NL
17.12.2015 20:00 Live on Alternative FM Information icon Zandvoort, NL
09.01.2016 20:30 De Ruimte Information icon Amsterdam, NL
20.01.2016 20:00 De Nieuwe Anita Information icon Amsterdam, NL
23.01.2016 20:00 De Vrijplaats (with Dan Geesin) Information icon Leiden, NL
 
 
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