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Dust Radio prepares for album release


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Dust Radio plays Lefty’s on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

When Dust Radio was first formed, the project began as something of a local super group. Guitarist James Nicholson started what is now Dust Radio with High Crest duo Kat Darling and Aaron Earl Short, and Brother Trucker’s Lyle Hogue and John Conklin. Over time, those four would be replaced with drummer Bill Walker, bassist Chuck Stroud and guitarist Rob Short, with vocalist Aaron Winters being the final piece to the current lineup, giving birth to the current iteration of Dust Radio almost two years ago.

“When Aaron called me and said he wanted to get something started, we just happened to be looking for a singer,” Nicholson said. “He came over to my place, and we wrote some things together, and that worked out. (Dust Radio) was a lot of people from a few different bands that knew each other for a few years. All the stars aligned, and we were able to put everyone together and here we are.”

Dust Radio approaches its songs as true full-band collaborations, often writing whole songs as a group. Other songs will come from Nicholson or Winters and be brought to the band in nearly finished form, but the final product is always a result of the full band’s participation.

“We’re just trying to write what we love to hear,” Nicholson explained. “It’s very blues based, some of it has some edge, some times it’s more countrified, but really, we’re just trying to have fun with things.”

Prep Iowa

Dust Radio has been putting in a lot of studio time of late, getting ready for an album release later this year. It’s a project that has been longer in development than the band had ever planned for, which is a scenario that local indie artists are all too familiar with.

“Yeah, we’ve been putting this album together for a long time,” he said. “Life kind of got in the way. We thought that it was going to take six months, and it’s taken a year now.”

But now, Nicholson says that the album is almost entirely recorded, and Dust Radio hopes to have the final mixes finished and the album to be ready to release in the fall. In the meantime, the band hopes to continue playing gigs around Polk County, continuing to build a local fan base.

“We’ll play anywhere we can,” he said. “We’re hoping to get into some of the bigger festivals here in the Des Moines area. Then, maybe once everyone’s kids are a little bigger, we can afford to hit the road for a bit.” CV


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