Behind Door Number 1 – The Dusty 45s!

Caught The Dusty 45s twice last weekend! First up was their free show at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records. I wandered up after work that Friday, though downtown and Belltown, then past Seattle Center.

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Wandering past this poignant scene in front of the Seattle Art Museum – The Hammering Man is missing his left arm, which is in for repairs due to repetitive stress injury! Hope he’s getting Workmen’s Comp, and maybe the wage & hour folks should look into this, too. According to the city’s sign, since 1992, The Hammering Man has logged 90,000 hours, striking four times a minute!

Who do I call? Oh, wait, I have a show to go to. . .

So I stayed out of trouble (hmm, maybe we need a rally or march on SAM), stopped off for a quick cup of coffee at Uptown Espresso and got to the record store early,

This was my first time at an in-store show at either of the Easy Street locations, so I was trying to figure out where they’d fit the band. I noticed people were hanging around the record racks in back (new LPs, err, vinyl; not just dusty 45s).  I didn’t think it was odd that the Nirvana mural was on what looked like a garage door.

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It was like one of those old game shows. They raised the door and behind Door Number 1, it’s. . .

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. . .The Dusty 45s! Whew, we chose right. It could have been a goat or Officer O’Malley of the FBI from the Cheech & Chong album. . .

Seriously, Easy Street Records is a cool venue to see one of your favorite bands.  Check their website so see who’s playing the stores next. 

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It makes for an all ages show, too!

The Dusty 45s played their entire Fortunate Man album, in order. It’s all original material, written by lead singer Billy Joe Huels. A lot of songs about romance (going good or gone bad, though mostly the former), a couple on not being greedy, and ending on 3 very personal ones: Stompin’ Through, about his brother’s schizophrenia, Perfect Piece of Art, dedicated to his wife (who was there, and had also recently just donated a kidney), and City Girl, dedicated to his parents (also present) and about their marriage.

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Ending on an encore of Chase Your Dream, with the obligatory trumpet lighting.

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Then they stuck around to sign everyone’s cds!

Coming up next, with videos, The Dusty 45s at the Tractor Tavern the following night!

Links:

The Dusty 45s: http://www.dusty45s.com/

on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dusty45s

(30 second clips from the album, from iLike, under the music tab)

Easy Street Records: http://www.easystreetonline.com/

In addition to their shows and record stores like Easy Street, Fortunate Man is also up on iTunes.

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