Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Year's Eve at the Bowery!

Very happy to report that we are now playing all three nights, opening for Patti Smith at her end of the year Bowery Ballroom shows!  In addition to the 29th and 30th dates, we have now been added to the bill for the New Year's eve show, Dec. 31st!  We're really looking forward to it.  Gonna be fun!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Opening for Patti Smith at the Bowery Ballroom- Dec. 29th & 30th!

Bowery Ballroom New York NY
The Dust Busters will be opening for poet-singer Patti Smith for 2 shows- Wednesday Dec. 29th and Thursday Dec. 30th at The Bowery Ballroom.  Gonna be fun!  We're big Patti Smith fans and its a big honor to be able to open for her 2 nights of her legendary Bowery Ballroom end of the year shows!

The Bowery Ballroom is located at:

6 Delancey Street corner of Bowery
New York, NY 10002-2804
(212) 533-2111

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Prohibition is a Failure - Dec. 12th CD Release Show!

 Hello everybody-

  Our brand new EP, "Prohibition is a Failure" is coming out on Sunday Dec. 12th, and we're proud as can be!  We'll be doing a CD release show that night at Southpaw here in Brooklyn.  Its gonna be a great show with a number of our favorite musicians joining us on the bill.  We recorded the album over the summer with John Cohen, a founder of The New Lost City Ramblers, one of our all time favorite bands and it was a huge honor as well as a pleasure to make a record with him.  This EP will be followed by a full length LP with more recordings from those sessions a few months down the road.  The album will be available for purchase on the internet soon enough... but come down to the show and get one hot of the press!

The Dust Busters and John Cohen Present: "Prohibition is a Failure" CD Release Party!

8pm - Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues
8:45pm - Kristin Andreassen (of Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why) and Friends
9:30pm - The Dust Busters with John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers
10:30pm - Square Dance!

Sunday Dec. 12th
125 5th Ave btwn Sterling and St. Johns
Brooklyn, NY  
(718) 230-0236

Buy tickets in advance at: TicketWeb

Friday, November 26, 2010

John Cohen Photographs

The Dust Busters, photographed by John Cohen, Fall 2010.

The Dust Busters were photographed this Fall by our good friend and very favorite photographer, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers.  We've been doing a whole lot of work with John Cohen of late including recording an album with him over the Summer which came out real nice- and we're releasing an EP from those sessions real soon!  The CD release show is set for Sunday Dec. 12th at South Paw here in Brooklyn.  Gonna be fun!  Look out for more info on that coming soon...

We were very honored to be photographed by John who among his many subjects has taken such stunning photos of so many of our favorite musicians over many years.

For more of these photos as well as lots more Dust Busters photos, visit our PHOTOS PAGE.

The Dust Busters, photographed by John Cohen, Fall 2010.

DBers w/ John Cohen, photo by John Cohen and Kehren Barbour, Fall 2010.

DBers w/ John Cohen, photo by John Cohen and Kehren Barbour, Fall 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This Weekend!

Saturday Nov. 20th at The Jalopy Theater!
We'll be playing with John Cohen to celebrate the release of the new book about John's band The New Lost City Ramblers.

Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival by Ray Allen
Saturday, November 20
Show starts at 8:30pm

"Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival," is a new book by Ray Allen that chronicles the life and music of the New Lost City Ramblers, a trio of city-bred musicians who helped pioneer the resurgence of southern roots music during the folk revival of the late 1950s and 1960s. Formed in 1958 by Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley, the Ramblers introduced the regional styles of southern ballads, blues, string bands, and bluegrass to northerners yearning for a sound and an experience not found in mainstream music. Tonight, Ray Allen will show rare and fantastic photos of the band, while telling the story of the band and it's impact on music everywhere.

Friday Night at 25CPW Gallery
November 19, 6-9pm We'll be playing at 8pm with John Cohen as part of this wonderful art opening...

films-photographs-kinetic sculpture-woodcarvings
stringband music

on exhibit until November 28th

JOHN COHEN of The New Lost City Ramblers performing with The Dust Busters
BOB POTTS of the Highwoods Stringband
JOHN SPECKER of the Correctone Stringband
with additional photographs and video by Bess Greenberg

25CPW Gallery
25 Central Park West
New York, New York
ph. 212.203.0250

More info below:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Square Dance!

Hello everybody,

We're playing a square dance on Friday, gonna be fun!  It's gonna be held at the House of Yes in Williamsburg.  We'll be playing a short set before playing for the dance at 11pm. Dave Harvey will be the caller, from  Opening the show will be our friends, Cuddle Magic.

Friday, October 22nd
Show starts at 9pm
House of Yes
342 Maujer St
Brooklyn NY 11237

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Visit with Joe Thompson

[Photos by E. Smith]

On a beautiful day in early June The Dust Busters paid a visit to the home of Joe and Polly Thompson.  Joe Thompson is 91 and lives outside of Mebane, NC.  He has been playing fiddle since he was 5 years old, way back in 1923 and is perhaps the very last traditionally schooled African-American fiddler in the world. Joe is a World War II veteran and is long retired from his job at a furniture factory.  He continues to play music at home and at gigs including taking his music to Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Folk Festival and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the International Music Festival in Brisbane, Australia.  In 2007 Joe Thompson was honored with the National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts.  The Carolina Chocolate Drops have spent a lot of time with Joe and have learned a lot from him.  They continue to present many of his tunes in their performances.  We met Joe at the 2nd Black Banjo Gathering, held in Boone, NC in March of this year.

Joe Thompson with The Dust Busters Joe Thompson with The Dust Busters
We sat around the Thompson's picnic table in the field behind their house and played a number of tunes as Joe recalled his musical family and his upbringing.  Joe and Polly were tremendously nice and hospitable and we were really touched and honored to spend time with them.  Here are some excerpts from the long afternoon that we spent at the Thompson's home.

Big thanks go to Joe and Polly's friend Larry Vellani for bringing us to their home that day, and a shout out goes to our friend Steve Kruger who joined us with his banjo and guitar.

Here's the songs we played that you'll hear on this recording:

I Shall Not be Moved
John Henry
Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Lights in Valley
Georgia Buck
Molly Put the Kettle On
Ladies on the Steamboat
Molly Put the Kettle On
I've Got Oil in my Vessel
Careless Love

More photos below:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Roscoe Holcomb at the Woodstock Film Festival

We were very pleased to play with John Cohen on Saturday following the screening of his new film, "Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky" at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. We were even more pleased that the film took the award for best short documentary at the festival!

Look out for John & The Dust Busters playing in support of the film again on Nov. 13th at the 34th Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.

[Roscoe Holcomb with John Cohen, 1964]

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reviewed in Sing Out!

The Dust Busters self titled first album has just been reviewed in the Summer 2010 issue of Sing Out! magazine.  The very positive review says that we "embrace happy recklessness."  The reviewer goes on to say that, "I wish they could have put this record out on 78rpm; I'd love to play it on my grandmother's Victrola.  Authentically good stuff!"

We would like to start issuing 78rpm singles.  Sounds expensive.  Who knows, we'll work on it... 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dock Boggs Festival

The Dust Busters are on our way to Norton, Virginia today, once home of legendary banjo player Dock Boggs and current home of the Dock Boggs Festival.  We will be playing there on Saturday Sept. 11th at 3pm.  At 5pm our friends The Tillers will also play.  Gonna be a great festival, check it out!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

European Tour!

Alright!  We're headed out to Yerp with dates across Bulgaria from August 26th-31st and then on to Ireland where we will be from Sept 2nd - Sept 5th.  See ya on the road...

August 26th - The Burgas Folk Festival.

August 28th - Apollonia Festival of the Arts in Sozopol.

August 31st - Concert in Sofia at the summer stage in Borissova Gradina, 6pm.

Sept 2nd - The Crane Bar, Galway.

September 3rd - Geraghty's, Westport.

September 5th - The Cobblestone Pub, Dublin.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

West Coast Tour!

Alright!  We're headed out to JFK airport to catch our flight-  Gonna be playing a number of club dates around the Pacific Northwest and at the Pickathon festival near Portland, OR over the next week and a half.  Looking forward to it, gonna be a great tour!  Here's the info:

Thursday, August 05, 2010 9:00 PM
New Frontier
301 E 25th St
Tacoma Washington 98421

Friday August 6th - Sunday the 8th - multiple performances
Pickathon Festival
Pendarvis Farm
16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy Valley, OR, 97086

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:00 PM
295 W 17th St
Eugene OR 97401

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:00 PM
Mississippi Pizza

3552 N mississipi ave
Portland OR 97227

Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:00 PM
Conor Byrne
5140 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98107

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 20th at Jalopy with Frank Fairfield and Blind Boy Paxton!

The Dust Busters will be appearing at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, NY Tuesday July 20th at 8:30pm.  We will be opening the show for Frank Fairfield who is playing at 9:30pm.  $10 cover. 

This is Frank's first ever appearance in New York!  Frank is a top notch fiddler, banjo player and guitarist and a great great singer.  He's one of the best traditional old-time musicians in the country today and a Dust Buster favorite.  Check him out!  He will be playing the show together with Blind Boy Paxton, another favorite!  

This is The Dust Busters only club appearance in New York City this summer, so come check it out!
Blind Boy Paxton (L) and Frank Fairfield (R)

Be sure to check out Eli's interview with Frank Fairfield on Down Home Radio...

The Jalopy Theater is located at:
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
tel: 718.395.3214

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On Tour...

Hello everybody - The Dust Busters are taking to the road again!  Below is our late May - early June tour dates.  We're coming to your town, check it out!  Tell your friends!

Thursday May 27th - Cleveland, OH
Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 383-1124

Friday May 28th - Athens, OH
10:00 PM Appearing with Woody Pines
Casa Nueva
6 West State Street
Athens OH 45701

Saturday 29 Louisville
The Rudyard Kipling
422 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40203-3002
(502) 636-1311

Sunday the 30th - Cincinatti, OH
10PM Appearing with The Tillers
The Northside Tavern
4163 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinatti Ohio  45223-2480

Tuesday June 1st - Chapel Hill, NC
Woodcrest Farm
5604 Dairyland Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Wednesday June 2nd - Asheville, NC
6:00pm - 8:00pm
87 Biltmore ave
Asheville NC 28801

Thursday June 3rd- Chapel Hill, NC
2 sets 8pm and 9:30pm with band in between
Outdoor show in: Ethan's Yard
904 West Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510

Friday and Saturday June 4th & 5th we'll be camping and hanging out at the Mt Airy Fiddler's Convention. Gonna be fun!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Dust Busters at the Beachland Ballroom

The Dust Busters are happy to be appearing at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland Ohio on Thursday May 27th, 8:30pm.  Check it out!  Gonna be a great show.  Thanks to our friends at Roots of American Music for sponsoring this show.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Dust Busters on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

During our March 2010 tour we played on the "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour," an awesome Radio/TV show taped weekly at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington. Below are our performances from that program. To view our complete uninterrupted appearance on Woodsongs, CLICK HERE.
"Greenback Dollar"

"All Night Long"

"Roving Gambler"

"Leather Britches"

"I've Got a Bulldog"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photos from The Black Banjo Gathering

Hey, Eli here from The Dust Busters.  Back in March we played at the Black Banjo Gathering 2010 at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  It was a wonderful, amazing event that brought together a really impressive group of musicians and scholars with the aim of bringing to light and promoting the African-American origins of Old-Time Music.  Here are some of my photos from the event.  To see all of my photos from the Black Banjo Gathering, CLICK HERE.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Square Dance!
ITS FINALLY HERE! - Square Dance at the South Street Seaport, Thursday April 29th, free and open to the public.  Show starts at 6pm, dance begins at 7:30pm. The Dust Busters will play a short set at 6:45pm and then we will play for the dance! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dust Busters at the Black Banjo Gathering

 We were privileged to play at the 2nd "Black Banjo Gathering" at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in March.  More photos and videos from that coming soon.  While there the fine photographer Bill Steber was taking old fashioned tin-type photographs of the musicians and we were lucky enough to have him take this fine one of us.