August 16, 2007

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Going for it
The Dusty Gray Band gets serious
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Members of The Dusty Gray Band readily admits they are youngsters in the music scene. They don’t even mind being called “baby-face” anymore because they’ve got something else to prove.

After sharing the stage with several popular Concord-based groups, like the Ron Noyes Band and the Brooks Young Band, they refuse to be known as just another “local garage band.”

“These are some big local acts. To get on stage with these bands is a huge thing,” said Dusty Gray, founding member of the group.

“We are a very young band but we have a lot to offer. Not every band even gets a chance to do these gigs,” Gray said. The Dusty Gray Band is Gray, 22, on vocals and rhythm guitar, Matt Jensen, 20, on lead guitar, Chris Noyes (no relation to Ron Noyes), 20, on bass, and Evan Gillis, 20, on drums.

“It’s definitely in that singer-songwriter style with a soul rock influence. But don’t think soft when we say singer-songwriter. We let our lead guitar player run wild with it,” Gray said.

The Dusty Gray Band considers Ron Noyes, with his own singer-songwriter style, one of their biggest influences.

“To me, in my mind, they’re a real time band. They’re ready to do the big time and I would love a little part of the Ron Noyes Band to be in my band,” Gray said.

The Dusty Gray band practically was a garage band, until a few months ago when they picked up their drummer, changing their three-piece to a full-band sound. Gray said watching acts like the Ron Noyes band influenced them to grow up and be serious about their band, especially at their age, if they want it to be more than a local band.

“This is what we want to do and we might as well start being serious about it now. We’re not going to stop until it happens. It might be a one-in-a-million shot but we’re willing to go for it,” Gray said.

Their first real gig as a four-piece was at the Concord Rock ‘N Race in June. They also entered into the Granite State Songwriting Contest, organized by Ron Noyes. Coming in eighth place, they were allowed to perform at Stone Church as one of the 10 finalists.

“There were some amazing musicians at the competition. Coming in eighth place isn’t so bad overall. But there’s so much more I can take from the experience. It makes me want to pursue it even more,” Gray said.

The Dusty Gray Band has about 15 original songs and pulls a few covers from the likes of Otis Redding and Ray LaMontagne. They’re working on an EP, Beneath the Shadows, their first recording.

Gray said his goal for the band is to tour with popular acts and one day be a popular act for which local acts open.


The Dusty Gray Band
When: Sunday, Aug. 19, starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Bow Bandstand, 2 Knox Road, Bow.
For more information: Music samples are available at monkeyrecords.com. For more details about The Dusty Gray Band, go to myspace.com/dustygraymusic.