Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band, formed in 2014 by Atlanta based musician, John Mickelson. When you're at a Dusty Roads show, expect to hear influences of the legends of bluegrass and country music, such as Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect sprinklings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the globe and halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and even Bob Marley. "Come take a trip, down that long dusty road".
Comprised of some of the Southeasts finest pickers and singers, the band is ever evolving and growing. John Mickelson has played acoustic guitar since he was 14 years old, when he was gifted his first guitar by a family friend. 'It was an acoustic guitar, I just loved the way the wood and strings rang together naturally' says Mickelson, who has been on the the path of creating music ever since. John became friends with Colt Bowen during their time in Athens, Georgia performing with the High Strung String Band. “Colt has one of the lightest touches of any percussionists I've ever heard” says Mickelson of the Dusty Roads drummer, who was also the Recording and Mix Engineer for the band's debut album 'Steel Working'. Fiddlin' phenom Danny Bermel joined the group in late 2016, adding an agile musical flare that pushes their musical crescendos to an even higher level of fever-pitch.
Dusty Roads is constantly searching for that sound, that lick, that twangy hook that sinks deep into the listener's soul and pulls them into the unfolding story of each song. The group cherishes the purity of silvery strings and vocals ringing together harmoniously. The band champions comradery, respect for the craft of their instruments, and finely constructed songs that feel as if they soar down from the mountaintop to resonate the listener's heart-strings. "We came here with one purpose… to have a blast creating and performing live acoustic music"- says Mickelson, Singer/Songwriter for Dusty Roads.
"My great-grandfather was a mandolin player from Germany, so I guess it just runs in the blood", says Mickelson of his musical lineage. Growing up in Atlanta, he was surrounded by a diverse world of cultures, food, and music. Like a rear-view mirror in a pick-up truck going down I-75, Dusty Roads look back through the history of written and recorded music, studying fervently to try to find out what made each of their favorite songs so special and unique, and then aspire to bring that 'magic' to their own music in new and exciting ways. 'It is critical that we search for the roots of themes and melodies that have inspired us in order to help guide us where we wish to journey musically', Mickelson says of the band’s future.
During the Winter of 2017, Dusty Roads was granted permission to begin recording their debut album ‘Steel Working’ at the historical Victor Kriegshaber House – the ornate building located above the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Little Five Points, Atlanta. ‘We wanted to have that lived-in feel, that hard to pin-point sound and energy that you can only get from the experience of recording in a historic space’, says Mickelson. Released in April of 2019 at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, the album features original music inspired by lessons learned through each of the band members lives, love, and heartache. "Life is heavy, but music can make your bags a little lighter" – John Mickelson. Download the album now at www.dustyroadsmusic.com