Een afbeelding van het interieur van libertas
Een afbeelding van het interieur van libertas
Een afbeelding van het interieur van libertas
Een afbeelding van het interieur van libertas

Live muziek: Dusty Stray

Live muziek: vrijdag 10 mei | 20.00u | Dusty Stray

The man behind Dusty Stray is Jonathan Brown. Born in Taiwan. Grew up in Texas as son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection. Went to college. Discovered vast archive of early American folk music from the 20s and 30s. Began writing his own songs. Moved to Austin where he first performed his music. Travelled with guitar through Central America where he met a Belgian woman and followed her to Europe. Met a Spanish woman. Moved to Barcelona. Formed a bluegrass band, a psychedelic rock band and a freak folkband. Met a Dutch woman.

Moved to the Netherlands where he remains today (with the same Dutch woman). Wrote, produced and performed in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival LHO: LEE HARVEY OSWALD The Musical in 2005. Wrote, recorded and co-produced Dusty Stray’s debut album Tales Of Misfortune And Woe released on Dutch indie label Basta Music in 2009 and billed by main Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant as one of the Top Ten Albums Of 2009. He went on to release the well-received Light Years Away (Basta 2011), produced by Ken Stringfellow and J.B. Meijers. This was followed by Family Album (Basta 2013), A Tree Fell And Other Songs (Great Waters 2015) and Estranged (2018), all produced by Kramer and all critically praised in Europe and abroad. The sixth album Fire Place was produced by Dusty Stray co-collaborator Stuart Cullen and released on December 1, 2023.

Brown’s many influences include Harry Smith (Anthology Of American Folk Music), writer/illustrator Edward Gorey, The Handsome Family, Bill Callahan, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Velvet Underground, Pavement and The Flaming Lips.

When not on stage, he can be found in junk shops and flea markets searching for discarded photographs, 8mm home movies and diverse materials for his artwork which in turn serves as inspiration for the music of Dusty Stray.