Chatting with hard rocker Dusty Grant


Songwriters Jason Catlett and Dusty Grant

By David Lucas, Rock At Night Orlando

Dusty Grant ‘Oceans’

Dusty Grant is an independent singer/songwriter based out of Wichita, Kansas. Grant has been writing, recording, and performing original music in bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years. Drawing influences from metal, rock, grunge, and country Grant delivers his own brand of Dark Rock. Fans of Alice In Chains, Stone Sour, Shinedown, and Daughtry are certain to love Grant’s style.

In 2017, Grant began touring and playing small clubs as a solo acoustic act. In his short time as a solo artist, Grant kept up a brisk pace releasing 11 of his own original songs and playing 40+ shows per year.

As interest in his music and performances grew across the region, in addition to booking additional solo acoustic gigs, Grant started to get interest from promoters to play larger stages with a full-band accompaniment. It was in May of 2021 that Grant added friends and fellow musicians Jason Catlett (Lead Guitar), Bwana Villa (Vocals), Shane Harper (Drums) & Chris McNutt (Bass). With a new, full-on rock sound, the band lit the regional scene ablaze opening for national acts like Daughtry, Candlebox, Danielle Nicole, and Blacktop Mojo.

Rock At Night asked Grant about his new single and more!

Love the new single, “Oceans”. Can you tell us a little bit about the story behind this new single?

My lead guitar player Jason Catlett and I wrote this one shortly after the passing of a close mentor and friend.  Jason had written music and I had written lyrics/vocals.  I hadn’t heard his parts until I went to his studio and it just so happened that our parts fit almost perfectly together.What was your inspiration behind doing “Oceans” as a live video?
We wanted to show our passion for performing and our director JT Ibanez suggested that this would be a great song to use for a performance video.

As a solo artist for so many years, What made you decide to put together a full band?
As things took off with my solo artist project, I started getting asked to play some bigger stages that required me to have a full band backing me.  I put the band together for those shows, and things snowballed from there.Now with a full band behind you, Can we expect to see an EP or possibly full album in the near future?
We have 2 singles ready to go to follow “Oceans”.  Once there is enough full-band music, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to put together an EP.This past April, You did a few shows opening up for Black Stone Cherry. Are there any more live performances planned?
We have a couple things pending and are having conversations with some booking agents to really pick up the pace on our live shows.  Nothing to announce for now, but there will be dates coming, for sure.Who are some of your biggest influences?
Alice In Chains, Nine Inch NailsWho would be your dream artist to share the stage with? Why?

Alice In Chains.  I feel like it would pretty much be a dream come true to play with them.  




David Lucas