by Dusty Wright


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New York country-rock songwriter Dusty Wright has turned the amplifiers up on Elevened, his third solo outing after a virtual career playing in bands of varying degrees of total obscurity. No Depression and other media outlets have hailed Wright as a worthy successor to the original outlaw movement for his previous two outings. Thankfully, that hype has been minor. The guy can write, and he can sing, and most of all, he can rock. Elevened has plenty of country music in its veins and on its front porch -- the restless waltz "Cuts Like a Blade" comes immediately to mind -- but the raw, blazing electric guitars on "Dusty Road" and "Cherry Red Mustang" move the set to the left musically. But it's the swampy blues overdrive of "Farmer's Daughter" that puts everything into perspective. Here is where the Cramps, the Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy, and the Red Devils all commingle on some unholy tavern's stage with rotgut and cheap cigarettes for nourishment. Wright can pen the sweet sad ones as well, as evidenced by "Watching Angels Cry," or turn all cinematic and, well, dusty on "The Devil's Handmaid." But the voodoo stroll on "Dead End" or the teen garage rockabilly rave-up on "Love Saves the Day" are the real treasures here. The too-reverent Texas country read of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" doesn't cut it, but thankfully it's at the end of the disk. The faithful country stuff that Wright does is capable and worthy, but when he lets it rock, he could create his own legend or be Jason Ringenberg's replacement in the Scorchers.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0619807200423
catalogNumber: 5637283588
Rank: 269786

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dusty Wright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harp,Tambourine,Vocals,Soloist,Fuzz Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Guitar (Tremolo),Guitar (Baritone)
Bob Casey   Background Vocals
Matt Goeke   Cello
David Waters   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Tom O'Brien   Drums
Preacher Boy   Banjo,national steel guitar,Vocal Harmony
Pete DeMeo   Drums,Trap Kit
Queen Esther   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Blake   Background Vocals
Sonya Hensley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Oppenheimer   Bass

Technical Credits

Janis Joplin   Composer
Mark Lonergan   Composer
H. Buff Herr   Cover Photo
Dusty Wright   Composer,Producer,Introduction
David Lee   Engineer
Dave Lee   Engineer

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