Dusty Rhodes and the Bluesmobile began in 1987 born from the seeds of two legendary Hawke’s Bay bands, Bluebeard and The Hoochie Coochie Blues Band. Members share a passion for blues and blues/rock music, and while the band has had some personnel changes over the years the core of Dusty Rhodes and Tim Walton has been constant for most of this time.
The band is centred on the guitar genius of Rhodes, who is also singer/songwriter. It has produced two recordings to date, "Live at the Cabana 89" and "You Asked For It" in the mid nineties, while also appearing on a recording for Creative Napier in 2008. At its peak the band toured extensively, gaining a following for its dynamic live performances and appearing at top venues and concerts throughout the country.
In 2017 drummer Dennis Maunder joined the band, adding his driving rockabilly and Texas blues feel to the music. The band has continued as a three piece with original members, Rhodes and Walton. In 2019 Dusty Rhodes and the Bluesmobile recorded their third album at the Paisley Stage, due to be released at the end of 2020.
The band presents a wide variety of material which includes original songs and classics from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Doors. Committed to the blues, this band has long lived up to its reputation as one of the top true blues bands in the country. The guys are looking forward to playing for this amazing outdoor event. See you there!