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The Dustin Pittsley Band has long been a household name in Tulsa, a hotbed of eclectic music for decades, and gaining national attention. While difficult to label, the band’s sound is best described as a roots rock with a strong blues influence from the likes of Freddy King to Jimi Hendrix. Dustin’s searing guitar, warmth and passion on stage draws favor from all ages and fans of particular musical preferences.
Dustin and band have won a multitude of awards, the most prestigious being the 2010 Beale Street Blues Kings Award at the International Blues Challenge. They recently received their 6th Best Band and 5th Best Lead titles from the Blues Society of Tulsa, one of the largest in the world and will represent them for the 4th time at the IBC's in Memphis in 2012. Dustin was also named one of Urban Tulsa’s 2011 “Hot 100”. The release of Dustin’s 4th CD, “Palm Trees & Trailer Parks”, coincided with a five show Jagermeister tour with country star Dierks Bentley. He has also opened for or shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa,Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Robert Randolph, Junior Brown, Indigenous, Arlo Guthrie, Chris Duarte, Watermelon Slim and Bernard Allison. A live CD released in early 2012 preceded his 5th CD, "Already There", recorded at Church Studio in Tulsa and released February 2013.
Regarded as a genuine and modest man, fellow musicians easily extoll his virtues:
Singer/songwriter Ian Moore, who has played with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top calls him “a great talent and a gentleman. Dustin has the kind of soul that you need to be a real player. When he sings and plays it’s not just his voice and hands, it’s his soul talking through them, and that makes it a special thing.”
Fellow Tulsan, David Teegarden Sr., Grammy award winner for Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” who has also worked with J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh: “I certainly think very highly of Dustin's music! His style and approach coupled with his great personality all add up to his upcoming success! I only wish that I could have the opportunity to record him at our studio (Natura Digital Studios).”
“I have known Dustin now I think for about 8 plus years,” says Brad Harris, Production Manager at the world famous Cain’s Ballroom. “Dustin has gone from being a great upcoming guitar player to one that will steal the show from anyone who is on the bill for that night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Dustin is what we old school folks call a natural born player”, per John Catt, founder of Blue Star Connection, Grand County Blues Society and head of Blues from the Top Festival in Winter Park. “Very few of your guitar heroes outplay this young gun!”
Jon Schroeder, Producer/Engineer at Church Studios : “Pittsley's old soul can convert a new listener to loyal fan in just a few songs. I'm not sure if it's the voice, songwriting or the crowd having a good time. You'd be hard pressed to see his show without an encore fueled by a demanding audience. He's just got "IT".
Paul Dyer, Dickens Opera House, Colorado: “Dustin Pittsley bleeds Southern Blues. Dream of Warren Haynes jamming with Stevie Ray, both channeling their inner Jimi Hendrix. Add a dash of Jimmy Page and a pinch of Clapton. He honors his predecessors, never ripping them off and he is as humble as he is talented. Whether paying homage to his roots or bringing forth his own signature licks, riffs, and melodies, Dustin is a guitar-wielding force to be reckoned with. In the simplest terms, Dustin Pittsley, on stage, is joy.”
"Dustin Pittsley is as much a crowd pleasing performer as he is a highly entertaining talent that fans travel from near and far to see at Ziggies. Hanging out with Dustin before or after his performances brings to light a very humble, charming, and compassionate man, minus an ego! When Dustin takes the stage, his catchy, introspective lyrics layered on top of his powerful, yet tasteful guitar licks, are bound to stick in your head and make your feet move. This established stunning talent with his showmanship and sincere love for music brings his fans back again and again. ~ Carla Jordan, Ziggies Live Music, Denver.