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If We Never...

by Dusty Wright

These folk-rock songs reflect a very personal ethos dedicated to two very close friends who passed away in 2010. It explores adult themes -- love, lust, betrayal -- albeit from the vantage of a middle-aged man's perspective and journey.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Comfort Me
3:32 $0.99
2. Swirl
4:34 $0.99
3. Sometimes I
2:08 $0.99
4. Breathe
3:30 $0.99
5. Destiny
5:29 $0.99
6. Lustful Blues
3:24 $0.99
7. I Know
4:47 $0.99
8. Uncertain
4:27 $0.99
9. If We Never...
4:26 $0.99
10. Secret Window
4:10 $0.99
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Bio at AllMusic.com by Bruce Eder

Guitarist/singer/composer Dusty Wright occupies an odd niche in music, based on the range of his work, which encompasses everything from Byrds-like psychedelic folk excursions to dense, dark-toned mood pieces that recall the John Cale era in the Velvet Underground's history. Indeed, listening to a series of his recordings at once, one gets the impression of "Michael Nesmith At Max's Kansas City" with a young (pre-acid casualty) Syd Barrett sitting in. Raised and educated in Akron, Ohio, with a B.A. in Fine Arts, no less, he moved through bands such as the Trolls and went on to found the Bastards of Execution. Two more bands, the Dusty Diamonds and the Wright Brothers, followed, before Wright went solo. It was there that he found his own voice (or voices), which encompassed elements of musical Americana ranging from Jimmie Rodgers to Nesmith's cosmic country experiments. Wright has written anthems to popular sports ("Baseball (America's Game)") and organized such roots rock and country bands as the Bush Hogs and the Concrete Canyon Cowboys, and also plunged into artier straits with GIANTfingers, a chamber-folk quartet that recall the early Velvet Underground. Wright's concept album Dust! is an astounding achievement, sort of like a drug experience only better, managing to coherently (and wittily and charmingly) journey across country, blues, psychedelic, and space-rock sound-scapes.



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Jeff Elbel for BigTakeover.com

Better to have loved and lost ...
The rich baritone and personal reflections captured on Dusty Wright’s fourth solo album If We Never … transport listeners to a time when troubadour singer-songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Chapin ruled the musical landscape – and a universe in which those FM-pop staples would moonlight after hours in dimly-lit clubs with the Velvet Underground. Despite those aging touchstones, songs like the introspective “Comfort Me” and uptempo “Sometimes I” are as contemporary and immediate as conversation at your local coffee shop.

Wright’s minimal production encourages this sense of intimacy and homespun contact. Even the psychedelic folk of “Swirl” is firmly rooted in Wright’s voice and acoustic guitar, while augmented by Matt Goeke’s cartwheeling cello. It will seem an odd point of reference indeed, but “Breathe” suggests the incongruous image of Neil Diamond fronting the MTV Unplugged version of Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song.”

Much of Wright’s material surveys wounds and casualties on the battlefield of love. Although “Uncertain” describes the unpredictable nature of affairs of the heart, Goeke’s melancholy cello implies that heartache is a foregone conclusion.

Within the sly “Lustful Blues” we recognize that lovers are fully capable of dealing out the pain themselves, sneaking around the confines of their everyday relationships to indulge in pleasures so wrong, they “must be right.” Men, if nothing else, are suckers. “Adam was easily swayed,” Wright admits with a wink.

The title track ties a ribbon on the song cycle. “If We Never …” offers tribute to a departed friend, while ruminating on the axiom “it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Judging by the album, Wright has both loved and lost, and If We Never … is his way to mourn and celebrate all of it.

Jeff Elbel,

Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Wonderful Adult Contemporary Rock CD
Guitarist, singer, composer, Dusty Wright, releases a wonderful Adult Contemporary Rock album, “If We Never…” Wright serves up some well crafted songs on this album which delves into life’s trials and tribulations on love, lust, and betrayal. His songs have a nice, relaxed feel as he sings and plays guitar with expressive honesty. The song, “Swirl,” has a catchy little lilt that cascades around Wright’s smooth vocals. “Lustful Blues,” flows with an easy flowing rhythm and has charming lyrics. The title track, “If We Never…” is quite insightful as Wright sings and plays guitar with sweet sincerity. The last track, “Secret Window,” is another song that captures the straight forward openness Wright has to offer. Kick back and enjoy the insightful Adult Contemporary Rock music on the excellent CD, “If We Never…”