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9/30: Dustin Overbeek

From Nashville, TN, Dustin Overbeek is a singer/songwriter whose songs explore much further reaching boundaries. Growing up with influences ranging from James Taylor and Bob Dylan to Marvin Gaye and John Coltrane, the content in Dustin’s writing reflects introspection into the concerns of the human spirit. His first full length project, “Notions”, with John Kelly, contains many references to nature in the midst of joy and struggle. With a “roots” acoustic sound, Dustin’s intimate lyrics and raw style shine through. Dustin’s strong Christian belief comes through in his second full-length album, “Grounded”, produced by Gene Golden, quarter-century keyboard player for Kenny Rogers. Dustin’s third album entitled “One Step Closer” was released in the summer of 2005. This is Dustin’s first album with a full band all natural soundDustin ventures back to the secular world and returns to his folk, storytelling roots. “One Step Closer” includes some of Nashville’s best studio players (Rob Hajacos on fiddle–Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Sugarland and many others; Casey Dreissen on fiddle–Steve Earle, Bela Fleck, John Mayer and Tim O’Brien; Steve Smith on drums–Goose Creek Symphony; John Kelly on Guitar–John Kelly Band and Leftfield Jackson). Dustin’s 4th album, “I Can’t Fly” was released in December 2007 featuring, Rob Hajacos, John Kelly, Tim O’Brien, Pat McLaughlin, Al Perkins, Eric Fritsch, Steve Bowman, Robert Reynolds, Charlie Chadwick, Jen Gunderman and Jim Reilley. Dustin’s music gets better all the time both musically and lyrically. Dustin’s latest influences have been the works of David Gray, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Jeff Black, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Jeffrey Foucault and Richard Shindell. Dustin’s 5th studio album is set for release in late June of 2011. “As Is” is a collection of 18 songs written over the course of three years. This is the first album Dustin has produced on his own and features Dave Jacques on upright bass, Paul Griffith on drums, Casey Driessen on fiddle, David Henry on Cello and Eric Fritsch playing every instrument under the sun while engineering the project. It will prove to be the best project that Dustin has ever created. Dustin’s latest influences have been the works of David Gray, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Jeff Black, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Jeffrey Foucault and Richard Shindell.

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