Hailing from Amsterdam, DUSTY STRAY features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan expat Jonathan Brown. He delves into universal themes of heartbreak, loneliness and death with a twisted sense of humor and a soothing touch.
The songs are firmly rooted in all things Americana (due to Brown's Texan upbringing and musicianship) but always reach out to new horizons, be they through toy instrument accompaniment, electronica, space echos or outsider art. The musical roots of his forefathers are combined with sounds and visions of the future.
"A new alt-folk classic. An album of creatively diverse folk songs that range from the whimsicality of The Fruit Bats to the minimalist vigor of Lou Reed. Like his visual name, Stray collects pieces and fragments from folk’s most risk-taking troubadours and assembles them into one 2018’s most interesting and listenable records." Glide Magazine
"A Tree Fell And Other Songs is an album you can put on again. And again. And so on." OOR
“Dusty Stray's forays into the unknown deserve attention" Americana UK
"Variation all over the place, plus many beautiful, small songs which in hindsight make Light Years Away one of the most beautiful singer-songwriter albums of late 2011" Kicking The Habit
"...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