It’s a musical fairy tale in an ordinary life.
Enter the musician
Growing up in small town America in the 70s and 80s, JT was influenced by The Beatles, Pink Floyd. Tom Petty, The Knack and other rock/punk bands. He picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play. He played in bands with Tipton High School and IU Bloomington mates, writing tons of songs and mixing tracks using a cassette recorder.
After college, JT joined the Army, got married and started a family. Writing music went on the back burner. His songs would play in his head while pulling guard duty in Desert Storm and they were still playing in his head after he retired 20 years later. He thought, “the kids are older now, life is completely different” It’s time to bring back the music.
Enter the karaoke girl
Dusty always loved to sing. She’s at home entertaining on stage and loves a happy audience. Dusty found early on that karaoke provided the perfect outlet for expressing joy through singing and that became her life. Hosting karaoke shows and DJ’ing parties gave her the opportunity to share music with both young and old. She started her own karaoke company and put on unique singing events and created stages where singers could feel like a rock star. It was at one of Dusty’s shows that Jerry met Dusty for the first time.
Hey, was that Cupid?
Dusty Dawn and JT met at karaoke several years earlier and in a weird twist of fate, they were brought together a few years later, and bamm! – Cupid flew in and unleashed his arrows. Sparks flew, the world exploded and the magic was born that night on the dance floor.
A whirlwind romance ensued, followed by a surprise engagement as JT proposed to Dusty while they were playing a New Years Eve gig with Whiskey Fingers (right in the middle of “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”) and a guitar-infused wedding during Chuckstock – a sign their union was destined for music and magic.
Making music = JOY! So begins the journey.
JT and Dusty’s first band together was Whiskey Fingers, with JT on guitar, bass and vocals, and Dusty on keys and vocals. They went from Chuck’s garage to the biggest stages in Colorado Springs. JT also played guitar and sang in a local original rock band called The Hardway and party rock band Slang. Dusty put together an 80s party band called The GR80s Band, an interactive 80s experience. They supported the Springs music scene and put together jams for musical fellowship.
Boom, tap = something’s going on here…
Even though ‘learn to play drums’ was at the top of her bucket list, Dusty never thought she would actually play. With Jerry’s encouragement, Dusty picked up the sticks at age 42 and starting rocking out on an old kit gathering dust in the garage (proving you’re never too old to learn something new). She asked Jerry to teach her how to play and wasn’t sure if he was joking when he said, “sit down, hold the sticks like this – and go boom, tap” and gestured to the kick drum and the snare. That’s it? Apparently that’s all you need to know to start. JT fired up his axe, resurrected his music library from over the years and started jamming.
But, what do we call it?
Dusty says, “One of the great things JT and I have in common is that we are both fuzzy bunnies. We try to be positive even in the tough times and we’re nice to people. We’ve lived the rat race, survived some pretty tough curveballs in life, and appreciate our fuzzy bunny philosophy”.
The ‘fish fry’ part describes the spirit of community and joy that music brings – folks gathered together sharing good music and fun like a community fish fry. Fuzzy Bunny Fish Fry is about bringing folks together for a celebration of creating music, joy and community. No fish though.
Movin and groovin forward
Each day brings an opportunity to write a new song or learn a new skill and continue on this vast, beautiful musical journey. JT writes music daily and Dusty wanders the house spouting nonsense rhymes in foreign accents for creative songwriting practice. They jam and record whenever possible and experiment to create tasty melodies and sticky lyrics in search of the greatest songs ever.
The five year plan is to continue to polish the Fuzzy Bunny sound, put our music out there and see if anyone likes it. Dusty says “we hope to have enough fans in 5 years to take the Fish Fry on the road and play festivals around the country in an RV with a transformer mirrored stage – and a disco ball.”
Will anything come of it? Who knows? But the fun is in the journey and the journey is a story. It’s a musical fairy tale in an ordinary life.