Nice article written by Frank Deblase and published in City Magazine:
Ask all the members of Dust & Bone whether they prefer the studio to the live stage, the answer comes back instant and unanimous: "live." Dust & Bone is a leather and denim Americana band, straight up, and a good one, too. Elements of blues, country, and folk do the dance with rock 'n' roll. But beneath the rootsy exterior is a band looking to break out, find its own way, and find its own identity. Call it busted Americana.
The quintet — Mike Parker, guitar vocals; Bill Mueller, bass, mandolin, guitar; Ross Amstey, guitar; Eric Metzgar, drums; and Stuart Love, guitar — all bring disparate musical influences to the band from Hendrix to Lightfoot, Prine to The Band. Yet all that outside pull loses its specificity in the swirling dynamics that is Dust & Bone as it states more, quotes less. The band has one album out, "Good Heart," and is busy rehearsing in anticipation of recording numero dos, with their dynamic take mixed in with rock 'n' roll's dust and bones.
The band stopped in to City HQ for a few questions, we discussed the shift from outside influence to internal and butting heads in rehearsal among other things. Please, read on ...
City: When blending influences, is doing originals better or worse?
Ross Amstey: It makes it much better. They are their own sort of style. When we come together with a common goal we bring in influences from all over, which creates our sound.
Mike Parker: Even when we're working on a cover song we try and make it our own.
Do you guys ever butt heads creatively?
Parker: It's a healthy thing to irritate each other once in a while. That's how you change a grain of sand into a pearl. It's healthy in a creative situation to have a little conflict.
Amstey: The product of that is something really exciting.
Bill Mueller: If I'm working with someone and we always agree, one of us is redundant.
What works in blending the sound without the head-butting?
Amstey: We find the balance. Stuart is more of a bluesy, melodic guitar player than I am. I'm more percussive, if I can bang on the strings, I think it sounds better. And if we can find room for both those things, then it meshes, it works. I think what we do all comes together because Mr. Metzgar is such an incredible drummer.
Since the release of "Good Heart" how has Dust & Bone grown or changed?
Parker: I think we know what we sound like now, we have a very conscious approach now. We all know each other.
Mueller: And now we have three songwriters instead of just one, so instead of just being Americana, it's a broader Americana-blues-rock.
The influences, for the most part, are fairly obvious. What are some that aren't?
Eric Metzgar: Jazz. I'm primarily a jazz player. I think I bring a spontaneity to it; a jazz spirit
What's the most rewarding thing to being in this band?
Parker: You can write a good song, you can record a good song, but when you're playing it together, and playing live and in the moment, and you've done it like a dozen times, it has the potential to explode into something greater than it ever started out being
1. Soaking Up The Setting Sun 2. Folsom Prison Blues 3. Golden Haired Boy 4. Wagon Wheel 5. Red House 6. You By My Side 7. Solitary Man 8. My Head's In Georgia 9. I Know You Rider 10. Good Heart 11. Midnight Hour 12. I Shot the Sheriff 13. The Breeze 14. California Stars 15. I Got You 16. Thinking About A Time 17. Little Black Submarine 18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 19. Spooky Tooth 20. Talking To My Friend 21. I'm Back 22. MueLove 23. Born Under A Bad Sign 24. Soul Shine 25. Sun Always Rises Too Soon 26. American Rust 27. Hey Joe/ I'm a Man 28. All Along The Watchtower 29. Thunder On The Mountain 30. When She Takes Her Rest
We just posted tracks from most of our first set at the Beale Saturday night. So, if you were there, give a listed and relive the good time you had. If you weren't able to make it Saturday, give a listen and get an idea of what's in store when we play at Scotland Yard Pub on Oct. 11.2
Thanks so much for all our fans that came to see us at The Beale this past Saturday night. Here's the setlist of the tunes we played. 1. Soaking Up The Setting Sun 2. Folsom Prison Blues 3. Golden Haired Boy 4. Wagon Wheel 5. Red House 6. You By My Side 7. Solitary Man 8. My Head's In Georgia 9. I Know You Rider 10. Good Heart 11. Midnight Hour 12. I Shot the Sheriff 13. The Breeze 14. California Stars 15. I Got You 16. Thinking About A Time 17. Little Black Submarine 18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 19. Spooky Tooth 20. Talking To My Friend 21. I'm Back 22. MueLove 23. Born Under A Bad Sign 24. Soul Shine 25. Sun Always Rises Too Soon 26. American Rust 27. Hey Joe/ I'm a Man 28. All Along The Watchtower 29. Thunder On The Mountain 30. When She Takes Her Rest
WCNI radio from Connecticut College will be playing tracks from Dust & Bone's "Good Heart" CD on their Twisted Roots program Saturday from 6am to 9am. If you're in the area, you can hear the broadcast on WCNI or if your not in Connecticut, you can find WCNI on iHeart radio.
2013 was an awesome year for Dust & Bone. February through March we were busy finishing the recording of tracks for our first CD “Good Heart”. Most of April was spent doing the final mix and master, creating the artwork for the album and getting the CD replicated.
During this time we played a gig at Starry Nites on March 28 and at Boulder Park Ave on April 19.
Then on May 17 we had our CD release party at Boulder Coffee South Wedge. We were so happy to have all of our friends come out to see us and pick up copies of the Album.
On June 9 we were honored to play a benefit concert for the Patterson Grandchildren with the All Terrain Blues Band and Open G at the California Brew Haus.
July 12 we were at Abilene. We had a great time at this gig especially during our last set when a wedding party came in for some post reception fun.
On August 9 Mike, Stewart and Bill played an unplugged gig on the sidewalk outside of Starry Nites. It was exciting playing our tunes with acoustic instruments. Bill and Stew even played a mini set of NativSun tunes.
September 13 found the band at Jeremiah’s Tavern playing to a full house. We made several new fans at this gig that came to see us a many of our gigs through the end of the year.
The following night we had the opportunity to open for area favorite 5 Head at Lovin’ Cup. This was a blast. Frank De Blase was at Lovin’ Cup that night and liked us well enough to write us up in the next issue of City Newspaper (Thanks Frank).
Then, October 12 we played at the Scotland Yard Pub. Many of our fans came out to see us that night and enjoy the awesome food. The staff at Scotland Yard was great and we can’t wait to get back there to play.
Our final gig of 2013 before taking the Holidays off was a return gig at Abilene on November 15. Once again the staff and crowd was great. We plan to be back there early in 2014.
Thanks to all the clubs and our fans for a great 2013. We’ll be playing at the Beale in Webster on January 17 and Scotland Yard Pub on January 25. Hope to see you at one of these gigs and others throughout 2014.
If you're looking for a gift idea for the music lover on your shopping list, consider a copy of Dust & Bone's Album "Good Heart". You can get a CD copy of this by sending a check for $12.50 to: Bill Mueller 53 Alverstone Way, West Henrietta, NY 14586. Or you can buy a digital download at iTunes, Amazon MP3, and most other digital sites.
Dust & Bone's debut Album "Good Heart" is now available. We will have an official release at Boulder Coffee in Rochester's South Wedge on May 17. If you want to get a copy before then, you can buy one from Bill for $10. Or if you are outside the area, send a check for $12.50 to cover shipping and handling to: Bill Mueller 53 Alverstone Way West Henrietta, NY 14586.
All of the CD content has been sent to Disc Makers for pressing. We expect to have the CD released by the end of April.
We have completed the mixing and mastering of all the tracks that will be on our debut CD. Four of the tracks are available for streaming at our Reverbnation site.
We are finalizing the art work for the CD package now and expect to have the CD released by mid May (CInco de Mayo!)
Take a listen to the tracks on the site and let us know if you'd like us to reserve you a copy of the CD.