Dusty Wright (Genre: Americana/Roots Rock/Folk)



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Visit Official SiteDusty Wright (born Mark J. Petracca on 2 July 1957) is an American musician, producer, and writer who co-founded the audio podcasting and video webcasting online pop culture magazine CultureCatch.com (August 2005) featuring his interview series The Dusty Wright Show. Interviews from the show were among the very first video and audio podcasts featured at iTunes with such guests as Ron Howard, Gore Vidal, Jim Marshall, Budd Hopkins, and CultureCatch.com board advisor David Lynch.

Wright is a former editor-in-chief of Creem Magazine and Prince’s New Power Generation. The Dusty Wright screenplay The Gentleman Bandit was screened at the AFM and Malibu Film Festivals in 2000 and Wright served as music consultant for the 2004 Johnny Depp movie ‘Secret Window’.

Dusty was producer on the 2005 documentary Wildwood Days and on the 2008 documentary Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio. Wright was co-head writer on Cee Lo Green’s show Talking To Strangers on Fuse.tv.



As a singer/songwriter Dusty contributed the song “Speed of Life” for contemporary American artist Ron English on his compilation English 101, and recorded “Ramble On” for the Led Zeppelin tribute “The Song Retains The Name, Volume 2 (Safehouse Records) as well as a track for “Baseball (America’s Game)” on Nolan Ryan: A Musical Tribute. Wright’s song “I’m Still In Love (w/You)” is featured in David Koepp’s 2008 film Ghost Town (film) and the video for Secret Window from his 2011 album IF WE NEVER was awarded “Best Music Video” at the 2011 Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. Wright’s song “Swirl” was featured on BBC Radio; 6 Music by music critic Rob Hughes and former member of rock group The Fall, and renowned British DJ, Marc Riley. If We Never… received three stars from Hughes in his Americana Roundup column in the September, 2011 issue of Uncut magazine.

Dusty also fronts the chamber-folk music quartet GIANTfingers, with information available here.


What folks are saying about Dusty:

“I honestly haven’t sat through listening to an entire CD (Can Anyone Hear Me?) like that in a long time and yours was so good, I just really enjoyed doing nothing but listening.” ~ Dana Fuchs

“The new Dusty Wright record blends elements of folk, country, and alt-rock fairly successfully. Can Anyone Hear Me? is a progression of the singer’s earlier material, and a sharpening of focus. With elements here that seem well-suited to our current horrible reality, it’s also a sharply-observed album.” ~ Glenn Griffith

“His songs have the ornate arrangements of Lee Hazlewood, Roy Orbison, Scott Walker, and — especially — the Richard Harris/Jimmy Webb collaboration that gave to Pop Nirvana, ‘MacArthur Park.'” ~ Icon Magazine

“Instead of the haze kicked up on old dirt roads by pickups, Dusty Wright makes music that’s more like space dust. The elements are the same, particles of chord progressions and themes spun by tunesmiths like Hank William’s big bang, but this veteran New York City-based gunslinger takes his tunes to a different astral plane.” ~ Village Voice

‘Cinematic Americana’ was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness.” ~ Americana-UK


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