Dusty Stray + Benjamin Spike Saunders
Hailing from Amsterdam, DUSTY STRAY features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan expat Jonathan Brown which delves into universal themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, loneliness and death but (almost) always with a small dose of hope and redemption. The melodic, lightly psychedelic acoustic-based songs are often accompanied by a number of unusual instruments and toys.
“Full of exotic sounds and melodies, a road trip by other lands and other worlds” BBC, FRESH ON THE NET
“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
“...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
“Makes the eyes cry not because of sorrow but joy” MAVERICK
“A singer-songwriter with a good eye for the musical heritage of his country, along with a pleasant twist of the mind” OOR
OUT NOW: “Estranged” (2018). The 5th full-length Dusty Stray album was recorded in the U.S. and the Netherlands and produced by legendary American producer Kramer (Low, Ween, Urge Overkill, Galaxie 500). Sad songs, good vibes.
"Back From The USA"(2017), a 3-song EP of a political nature.
"A Tree Fell And Other Songs" (2015), produced by Kramer, deals with natural disasters and broken relationships, among other things.
"Family Album" (2013), produced by Kramer, takes you on a softly psychedelic acoustic journey from the cradle to the grave and beyond.
Dusty Stray's 2nd release "Light Years Away" (2011) was produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM) and JB Meijers (Common Linnets, De Dijk). "Light Years Away" is a musical collage in which life with all its ups and downs is newly celebrated. Guest players include Pim Kops (De Dijk), René van Barneveld (Urban Dance Squad) and Jesje De Schepper.
Dusty Stray's critically acclaimed debut "Tales Of Misfortune And Woe" (2009) was where it all started and became one of the “TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2009” according to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. Co-produced by Gert-Jan Blom (The Beau Hunks) and featuring Marjolein van der Klauw (Avalanche Quartet) and Jac Bico (The Analogues), this collection of lively murder ballads and death songs has become an underground classic.
Photo: Candide Rietdijk