The man behind the band 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 folk band. 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 Basta Records in 2009 and billed by main Dutch newspaper De
Volkskrant as one of the Top Ten Albums Of 2009. “Light Years Away” (Basta, 2011) and "Family Album" (Basta, 2013) and "A Tree Fell And Other Songs" (Great Waters, 2015) also enjoyed international critical praise.
"Family Album" and “A Tree Fell And Other Songs” were produced by the legendary KRAMER (Low, Ween, Galaxie 500) KRAMER also produced the most recent Dusty Stray album "Estranged" (Great Waters, 2018).
When not on stage, Jonathan 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.
Harry Smith (Anthology Of American Folk Music), writer/illustrator Edward Gorey, The Handsome Family, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy, Damien Jurado, M.Ward, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Velvet Underground, Pavement and The Flaming Lips.