On the eve of the release of a new Danny and Dusty album, Cast Iron Soul on Blue Rose Records, I caught up with the enduring twosome (A.K.A Dan Stuart and Steve Wynn), who were happy to talk about their revitalized songwriting partnership, taking up the reins from "The Lost Weekend" way back in 1985. Chris Cacavas and Stephen McCarthy are still around on the scene, and joined Danny and Dusty for the recording sessions again, along with Johnny Hott and Bob Rupe. JD Foster produced.
What's the Danny and Dusty mood like on the eve of a European tour and a new album due to drop any day?
Danny: We're fairly confident that lift-off will occur, although we've had to get a US Congressman involved on our behalf. No shit.
Dusty: Las Vegas is taking odds on whether my ankle or Dan's hip will be the first to go. Me, I'm going for the long shot of perfect health, good music, and a lot of ham and cheese sandwiches.
Twenty years has passed since "The Lost Weekend" sessions, how was the recording process this time around?
Danny: Kinda spooky down there in Richmond with the fog coming out of the trees and all... lotta jinns flying around. The lord of the manor and engineer Bruce Olsen really knows how to set a mood, reminded me of crazy Memphis sessions I've enjoyed.
Dusty: Yeah, it was all pretty dreamlike. We just woke up at some point and the record was finished. There's something to be said for playing with such good musicians who share some kind of historical DNA with you.
Did you try anything different or new down at SoundDog in Richmond?
Danny: I sang with a finger in one ear just like Mike Love... or was it with a thumb up my ass?
Dusty: I gave up control.
Whose idea was it to write and record again?
Danny: It's been on the back burner for years but after Steve broke his ankle he was trapped...
Dusty: Yeah, Dan, but you had to come out of retirement like Michael Jordan.