Dustbowl were formed in Athens Greece (May 2006) by Nick Fysakis (Guitar), Giotis “The Shoeshine Boy” Petrelis (Drums), Lydia Grammatikou (Bass, Vocals) along with DD Dynamite (Vocals, Guitar until Dec. 2010) and Big George (Vocals 2006-09, 2011-14).
John “Hardy” Houstoulakis (Pedal Steel Guitar, Guitar) joined the band in 2008.
Makis Dremetsikas (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals joined in 2014) and Panos Birbas (Vocals, Guitar joined in Jan. 2015) fulfilled the current line-up.
Their friends Ion Nikolaou (Guitar 2012-13) and Eirini Dimopoulou (Vocals, 2014) collaborated with the band also.
Dustbowl built their own flavor of Americana & Alt. Country-Rock. “Dusty Rock - Earth-Elegy” music. They weren’t concerned about fitting in or being a part of what anybody else was doing but the “rebellious and deviant chain gang & the dust bowl refugees”!
The band released "Ramblin' Blues" E.P. in 2006 through their “Dusty Records” label.
The following year, the band recorded - in just four days - their debut album "Troublebound & Lonesome". The album got raving reviews in local and international press and combined with the band's energetic live shows gained them a cult status and a strong following in the local underground scene. Since then John “Hardy” Houstoulakis joined the band as their pedal steel & guitar player.
Dustbowl went to the studio in May 2009 and recorded 14 new songs for their "Goin' Down" album which features notable special guests such as Alex K. (The Earthbound, The Last Drive), Phil Shoenfelt (Fatal Shore, Southern Cross) and Jeremy Gluck (The Barracudas). In fact "Goin' Down" is their legacy’s cross section album.
Dustbowl continued to play gigs constantly and recorded "Christma's Time's A-Comin’" (Nov. 2013) for Restless Wind's Complilation "Christmas For Everyone".
The band became the first local underground band who played at Megaro Mousikis Athinon (March 2014) presenting "Johnny Cash: The Tribute Show".
Dustbowl released "Suicide Avenue / Winter's Almost Gone" (Cd Single) in May 2014.
The band recorded another single: “Black River’s Chest (The Burden Revisited) / Flamin’ Rose” (Cd Single / July 2014).
“We’re definitely feeling inspired and ready to go. We played a lot of stages and recorded some stuff in the past years, and that's something I'm sure will come through in the next Dusty project” guitarist Nick Fysakis told.
“The few past years was basically just us putting together everything we had at that point, and we had more creativity and control despite our line-up changes. We’ve always wanted our album or single to sound different than the previous one. That's something we’ll try again on our new stuff…or at least we hope so! ”
“New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn’t continue to go out and play without anything new".