DUSTY LANE Biography
Dusty Lane’s father was a successful fiddler who played for local square dances in their home town. This was a great influence on Dusty, to such an extent, that at age seven Dusty was taking accordion lessons. However, it was the guitar that really held his fancy, but it wouldn’t be until age nine that his dad bought him his first guitar. Not enough money to pay for guitar lessons--the accordion prevailed. Dusty taught himself enough chords to play along with his father during weekend square dances. At the early age of thirteen Dusty Lane was playing for Bill Monroe at the Brown Country Jamboree in the town of Beansblossom, Indian. Originally from Columbus, Indian, Apache Junction, Arizona was home for thirty-five years of his life where Dusty would sing and entertain visitors.
Two years after working with Bill Monroe, Dusty got the big break when he began to study music and guitar at the famous WLS Studio with a staff member, Vern Fiedler. It was through this association with Fiedler that Dusty became involved in live radio and the square dance shows. Other WLS greats, Patsy Montana, George Goebel, Pat Buttram, Gene Autry and Rex Allen launched careers in radio and in recording business.
Music was Dusty’s number one love when Dusty met radio entertainer, Laura Ann Wallace and in December of 1956 she became Mrs. Dusty Lane. They moved to Nashville, Tennessee and billed as a duo," Dusty and Laura Ann Country Sweethearts," soon into high demand entertaining with the "Lulu Belle and Scotty " style routines. 1957-1960 the couple toured with notables as Red Foley, Porter Wagonner, and Brenda Lee. And the good fortune followed Dusty & Laura Ann touring with Earnest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Ray Price and Hank Snow.
By 1962 the musical paradise began to unravel and the couple went separate ways. Dusty back in Chicago and was offered his own television show in 1968 called, Country Ranch. When the second season contract renewal was offered to Dusty he declined due to poor health. Working as a cowboy occasionally riding the rough-stock events, bareback, saddle-bronc and bull riding having a few gold buckles to ease the aches and pains but the challenging rodeo work had taken its toll on Dusty Lane now a single parent with three children his primary concern--Dusty made an admirable choice which was to give up the traveling music business until the three children were grown.
Entertainment was a full portion of his life from an early age having inherited the passion for the music business, Dusty, stepped into a movie universe appearing in nearly a dozen of films.
Dusty had a part in the 1983 Apacheland Movie, Gambler II The Adventure Continues, and Assault on Paradise, Used Cars, Vanishing Point and Dead Man to name a few.
Recognized for his music and not forgotten Dusty was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame 1991 and the following year recognized as the "Colorado Male Vocalist of the Year. In 1992 Dusty Lane was also inducted into the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame along with receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards are from Texas, nominated for the Western Swing Hall of Fame. And in Nashville Tennessee where his lifetime work was celebrated in the country music field and also recognized for movies, radio and television.
Dusty met Nell Carter from Gladwater, Texas who sang on the weekly radio show with stars like Jimmy C. Newman (later went on toWSM Grand Ole Opry Radio Show) and she sang with Tom Perryman who became the announcer for WSM Radio and Jimmy Latham (later achieved fame as steel guitar player for Bob Wills and Texas Playboys)
Dusty was happy once again and the couple married 1991. Entertainer, Nell Carter, was very supportive of the lifestyle in the music business and knew the importance to Dusty Lane. Nell was supportive in such a way that his music career changed for the better.
Dusty recorded several CDs with songs that made a tremendous splash in the European market. The CD titled: Holiday For Broken Hearts. The song, I’d Rather be Wrong Than Lonely, and the album went to #1. And, Tell Her You Love Her, (same album) was in the top 10.
Songs about "How The West Was Swung," from the Dusty Lane Swings album remained in the top 10 charts for months.
The newlyweds while residing in Arizona founded the Arizona Country Music Association (ACMA) to find new talent in the country music field. October 1999, Nell Carter, singer and songwriter, was awarded the prestigious "Kitty Wells" Humanitarian Award" in Nashville, Tennessee.
While living in the movie making town of Apache Junction, (aka Hollywood Junction), Dusty and Nell produced a radio broadcast at the Apacheland movie location inside the famous saloon for a radio station in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The songs of Dusty Lane remind us of an extraordinary talent and dedication to family.