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The Dustin Pittsley Band / Press

“The Dustin Pittsley Band exudes a confidence that stems from years of roadwork and real passion steeped in blues-rock history. On their latest album, Already There, the band kicks into the songs Never Again and 7 Year Disease with a tough and scorched ferociousness that delivers a blues and funk crossbreed that is blue-collar calloused and spiritually merciless at the same time. That, in a sentence, paints the portrait of a Dustin Pittsley album: no frills rock and blues that sizzles at it's very core, a blues, funk and rock and roll groove that reverently stands tall and broad-shouldered, deeply rooted in the work ethic that defines his upbringing. To see Dustin in a live setting will draw comparisons to Steve Ray Vaughan and Warren Haynes and if that's just a tad too superlative for you, then go see a live show. Dustin is a humble guy and won't compare himself to any of his peers. Trust me, however, when I say Dustin's shows speak much, much louder.”

“Although he started out and continues to be heralded as a great blues guitarist, his style has evolved dramatically over the last dozen years. Even he admitted, "We're not really a traditional blues band." By incorporating elements of country, folk, and rock, his music has become what he described as "more roots-based jam rock -- I really see what we're doing as being closer to the Derek Trucks, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule." Sure, it's still definitely based on blues, but it extends beyond that and also reaches backwards, drawing from classic Tulsa Sound artists like JJ Cale and Leon Russell, albeit subtly.”

“Dustin Pittsley the Big Winner”

“The Dustin Pittsley Band at Back Alley Blues & BBQ 06/16/2012 When Dustin Pittsley straps on his guitar, he immediately transports into some otherworldly zone. I don't think he is cognizant of his surroundings as he tunes out everything and puts extreme focus into his music and his band. It is immediately recognizable in his eyes, an almost possessed look on his face that irradiates an intense desire to make every performance his best performance. Dustin Pittsley could play in front of 100 fans or 10,000 fans and he'd never notice the difference. Better, as a fan, neither would you, as he puts in 100% sweat effort with each performance. At Back Alley Blues & BBQ Saturday evening, Pittsley was simply white hot. ... a relentless axe man with a pedigree in rhythm and blues and soul that is akin to Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall and Jimmy Vaughan. The DPB kept the audience spellbound during their entire performance. Pittsley's....groove is uncontrollably infectious.”

“In conjunction with the International Blues Challenge, the Beale Street Merchants Association awarded one band this past weekend with the title of Beale Street Blues Kings. Bands and solo/duo acts came from all over the world to compete on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. As this world-class challenge hosted by the Blues Foundation came to a close, each venue chose a band to represent them in Beale Street’s own competition. Eight bands competed at The New Daisy Theatre, resulting in Levee Town, the Dustin Pittsley Band, Selwyn Birchwood, and The Sugar Thieves as the top four. Ultimately the Dustin Pittsley Band was the winner. The Dustin Pittsley Band is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has won several other blues awards. Being named the Beale Street Blues Kings is, of course, the most prestigious. ”

“The Dustin Pittsley Band uses their bluesy grooves and their southern-rock flavor to fill the venue with a good mix of gritty-blues sounds, hard-rocking country, and pure rock. Dustin Pittsley is an accomplished song-writer, styled vocalist, and an amazing guitar player.”

"At this or any other great music event, the surest way to find great performers is to follow the performers. See the shows the musicians see, and your eyes and ears will rarely be sore. Case in point: the crowd for Dustin Pittsley was practically half the festival roster."

Tulsa World

“Tulsa's own Dustin Pittsley's done it again ! This is a fine 48 1/2 minute collection of great music. Music that rocks and soothes from the very first spin. Contained within are new blues, rock, jazz, red dirt, and a great rockin' version of JJ Cale's "13 Days". Standouts include Track 1 and title cut "Palm Trees and Trailer Parks" and everyone's live favorite, Track 4 "'River of Sin", as well as an awesome Allman Bros - sounding Dustin penned jazzy instrumental, Track 5 "Gypsy"', and Track 6 "13 Days",' in which I especially enjoy the Allman - like conversations between guitar and Hammond organ. This disc is filled with great performances from the Tulsa, Oklahoma musicians involved including Dustin & Dustin's own rhythm section - Donnie Wood and Doug Wehmeyer as well as Jesse Aycock, Brad James, Steve Pryor, Corey Mauser, Dave White & Billy Earl Padgett. This collection of outstanding music is as good as or better than any CD out there. Not a bad song on the entire disc. ”

Curt Fillmore - CurtsList.com

“Hot 100 Dustin Pittsley, Musician Long known as the hot, young gun guitarist in town, Pittsley has stepped up his game in 2011 to become a force to be reckoned with. His latest CD, Palm Trees & Trailer Parks, is his best yet and his star is shining nationally after scoring a pair of runs opening for Dierks Bentley over the summer. Add in the second annual Stone River Music Festival, held on family land in Chandler and Pittsley figures to be one of Tulsa's biggest sounds and a modern day Renaissance man on the scene.”

"During the past decade, Dustin Pittsley has developed from young gun guitar prodigy to probably the best blues-rock axe slinger in Tulsa, if not the entire state. And I'll be damned if he doesn't have the perfectly warm and rich baritone voice to go with it. Is it fair that someone be blessed with both? Nevertheless, look up "stone cold badass" in the Tulsa Music Dictionary and you'll find his picture instead of words."

G. K. Hizer - Urban Tulsa

“Anyone who enjoys quality local music should be familiar with one of Tulsa’s best blues guitarists and vocalists. If you’re not, take note. After all, Dustin Pittsley has been a consistent performer in the Tulsa music scene since he was 17. Now 25, he’s torn up historic Tulsa venues such as Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater and can be found weekly at local hotspots throughout the area. Whether he’s riding solo, jamming with the Dustin Pittsley Band or collaborating with other like-minded individuals during Dustin and Jesse’s Higher Education, you can be sure of three things — stellar music, high energy and a devoted fan base. And his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. He’s won numerous Tulsa World SPOT awards and his latest CD was awarded best self-produced CD of 2008 by the Blues Society of Tulsa.”

Julie Jones - Tulsa People Magazine
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