Ringing in New Years with The Dusty 45s

So, I ventured back to The Tractor in Ballard for New Year’s Eve with The Dusty 45s and Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands.  Two great Americana/Rock-a-Billy bands for $20 in advance, topped off with a literally flaming trumpet toward the end and an encore or two after that. 


What’s not to love? Well, probably the cost of the new sprinkler system for the Tractor, but the owner had to install those by the December deadline anyways, might as well put to the test. . .

Famous last words, probably one day on my tombstone (and not doubt another great rock-a-billy band will write a song about it), but on with the show!


Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands opened and would have been worth the price of admission themselves.  Really great songwriting and sound. Here’s a clip of A Town Without the Blues on Vimeo which looks like it’s from the West Seattle Festival a couple years ago:

Check out the NPR Song of the Day clip for Let Me Down Easy as well:


Kelly Van Camp, the drummer for the Dusty 45s, came out and joined them playing the harmonica and singing for a few songs.


Someone offered to take a photo with me in front of the band. Here I am, dazed and confused (or maybe just looking like a geek – but that was in 2009!):


Their main website seems to be down, but more from Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands at:





Then it was time for The Dusty 45s! They set the crowd afire long before the trumpet. Great band, and Billy Joe is a good front man for Seattle crowds (who as we’ve talked about before, have a tendency to just stand there, inert), because he’s a great showman, and if the crowd’s energy isn’t there, he’s going to make sure he brings it back up.

They played a lot songs from their upcoming album, due out in March. Here’s the title cut, Fortunate Man from a show at The Brick Tavern in Roslyn, WA:

Oh, wait!  Am I forgetting something? Oh, yeah. It was New Years! I actually YouTubed the countdown (my first video attempt at a club show):

I didn’t video the flaming trumpet finale to the main set, but here’s one from a previous show on YouTube:

Yes, a little pyromania to start the New Year! He even went into the crowd with it!

Trumpet a little singed. . .


That wasn’t the end of it. The band came back for two encores!


Over at 1:30 in the morning. Did I mention both bands played an earlier show at The Tractor, too?

Check out more of The Dusty 45s’ music at:



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