Over the last thirty years, Dusty Wakeman has amassed hundreds of production and engineering credits, working with artists as diverse as Dwight Yoakam, Feel, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams and Buck Owens. An accomplished bass player who’s recorded with and toured with artists including Michelle Shocked, Jim Lauderdale and Anne McCue, Wakeman’s deep commitment to make music has given him a sensitivity that allows him to transcend genre.
After 16 years of owning and operating Mad Dog Studios in Venice, California, in 1996 Wakeman relocated the studio to a 6000 square foot complex in Burbank. Because Wakeman has the advantage of being a working musician, producer and engineer, he brings a unique sensitivity to owning and operating a recording facility. “The more records you make, the more you know,” Wakeman explains. “The secret is never to take the process for granted and to always pay attention to what is best for the client’s project and to create an environment for the artist to achieve their vision.”
To the Texas-born producer/engineer/musician, it’s getting to the heart of the music that’s important, which is part of what’s brought such a diverse group of artists to him. From these experiences, Wakeman’s been able to further develop his craft, including the recording of two Grammy award winners including the 1987 Best Country Vocal Collaboration, Roy Orbison/K.D. Lang duet of “Crying,” and Dwight Yoakam’s 1993 Best Country Male Vocal Performance of “Ain’t That Lonely Yet“. Career highlights include serving as Musical Director and bassist for the highly acclaimed ‘Gram Parsons: Return to Sin City’ concerts and DVD, featuring artists including Keith Richards, Norah Jones and Steve Earle.
Dusty is also president of Mad Dog Studios, Inc. in Burbank, CA. For more information on Dusty, go to www.maddogstudio.com