After cutting his teeth in his hometown of Louisville, KY with his southern rock band Bolt Action Thrill, Dusty Bo packed up and moved the band to Los Angeles, CA, to become a regular name in the Hollywood/Sunset Strip rock scene.
Once his band parted ways, it was in 2017 when the edgy and powerful sound of Dusty Bo took to a solo career in the pursuit of exploring the terrain in which he expresses best. With influences such as Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin, he processes the heart of a lifer that shines through in his delivery.
Releasing a three-track EP to follow up the previously released ‘Vulture,’ Dusty Bo is coming to your sound waves with a project that revolves around themes of happiness and contentedness. 'Fox,' taps into the personal events of Dusty Bo as he brings forth content he aims to have his listeners relate to.
Through hues of nostalgic country-rock, the EP kicks off with the cognizant sound of “Words Don’t Mean Much.” In a turn of irony, we refocus our attention to the lyrical content despite the title suggesting the opposite of words on a broader spectrum. The minimalistic approach to the instrumentation leaves us grasping on to the sparsity of each guitar chord performed, as it backs what Dusty Bo has to say in an impactful manner. Displaying croons that comfort you as you place your emotional ventures in the hands of his inimitable resonance, you embrace yourself for the powerful soundscapes ready to be explored on 'Fox.'
Smooth with the intricate elements of instrumentation that trot through your mind, there’s a textured dimension that remains rather prevalent in Dusty Bo’s compassionate timbres. “The Red,” happens to be the second single released from the EP, and it carries on the theme of fears that overpower one on their mission to finding true happiness. Drowning in the slow tempo grooves that effortlessly take us on our way to comprehension, we admire the colossal components of musicality that are offered through this soundscape with impactful percussion patterns and sustaining guitar riffs. Solidifying the integrity of Dusty Bo, and the intentions of 'Fox,' we find that being second on the tracklist is the perfect place for this piece.
Coming to the end of the three-tracks with the lead single from this collection of work, “All I Can Dream,” has us swooning over Dusty Bo’s striking timbres as they ricochet through a myriad of descriptive lyrical motifs. Making it nearly impossible for us to not picture the visuals prancing in our mind the way he has set out, the narrative twinkles on the power that true, passionate love brings to one’s life. Once again, inviting us into a brilliant display of what simplicity can do for a song's conveyance, we pick up on the importance he drives home in the elements he looks to showcase in a more prominent showcase.
Dusty Bo reiterates the significance that lyrics hold in a song’s true transmission. Offering up a medley of sounds to feast upon in the collection titled 'Fox,' we look forward to the concept album, ‘The Vulture and The Fox,’ that ties together his previous EP, with the lush resonance we get to pick up on now. Stream Dusty Bo’s 'Fox,' today on all major streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Dusty Bo, and congratulations on the release of your latest three-track EP, 'Fox.' We admire how you choose to steer these narratives in the themes of happiness and contentment. Where did the inspiration for this concept stem from?
Thank you! The original concept idea popped in my head a couple of years ago while watching the movie "Tombstone" with my good friend and writing partner, Mark Roberts, about doing a series of 3 songs that all revolve around one "spaghetti western" like the storyline. After some months had passed and I continued to write songs, I was going through all the content one day and realized that several of the stories behind the songs could be used for a very "outlaw" or "frontier" style concept. I would just need to figure out how to portray them properly and what animation seemed to be the best fit.
Out of the three songs offered to listeners, do you happen to have one that resonates with you more than the rest? Why?
Definitely, "Words Don't Mean Much” resonates with me the most. Growing up in Kentucky, you are told that you need to be a certain way in order to be accepted by society such as, “Go to Church”, “Believe in God, or else”, “Just have faith in what you are told”, “Only listen to certain media for the truth”. To me, it's all feels like a way to control people. I’m not anti-government, I’m more about looking at the professional for answers not tabloid media or social media for that matter. Therefore, that song, in particular, is the one that I would really like people to think about when they listen to it. Don't believe everything you are told to do! Think outside the box. Listen to those who are educated in their field.
How long did it take you to craft a body of work of this caliber? With such intricately crafted lyrics, did you find that each song flowed in an organic nature?
Thank you for the kind words! That is kind of a tricky question because there are some songs I actually wrote 8-10 years ago which was way before I knew I would be putting out albums as a solo artist. Most of the songs flowed very organically though. Some I started years ago and didn't revisit/finish them until the last year or two.
With a conceptual album on the way, how do you find the contents of ‘Vulture,’ fitting into that of 'Fox?' What does your audience have in store for the forthcoming album?
The Vulture & The Fox title came from a tarot card reading while I was… let’s just say…. experimenting with a natural hallucinatory out in Joshua Tree, CA. My friend was doing spirit animal readings and the parallels with me, the vulture and the fox were undeniable. Especially for the time of the reading. The way they fall into the storyline is Fox being the main character and Vulture being his horse. The vulture symbolism is linked to death, rebirth, equalizing while the fox symbolizes patience and problem-solving. At the time in my life, I was going through a lot of change. Heartbreak lost my job, and quit my band all within a 6 month time period. I felt lost and defeated for a long time and then I left LA, came back home to KY, and took the time to find out who I want to be/strive to be as a person and artist. It took me well over a year to get things somewhat figured out. I feel like I have more of a grasp on it all at this time but I will still continue my journey of exploration throughout my own personal universe and the rest of what this world has to offer. The Vulture & The Fox is my way of putting the last 10 years of my life into tangible form and also closing some doors in my past to make room for new ones to open.
What are you hoping you convey as the biggest takeaway with 'Fox?' What would you like your audience to reflect on?
I would love for the audience to appreciate the depth of each song. There are so many songs out there that get released today that truly means nothing to that artist. In fact, if you listen to pop radio or pop country radio, which is fine, but the chances that the artist you're listening to actually wrote the lyrics to that song you are singing to and relating to is slim. Each and every one of these songs I wrote, lyrically and musically, has meaning to me and I think they would have lots of meaning to others if they would actually listen and pay attention to the content.