Barber, known to his friends as "Dusty," began playing guitar at age 7 in Ft.
Worth, Texas, where he was born. His father Sam bought him an electric guitar
and taught him classics such as "Walk Don't Run" and "Wipe Out," which he leveraged
to win elementary school talent shows. Soon after, he was playing complicated
his early teens, he moved to Jacksonville, FL, and became heavily influenced by
"Guitar Gods" such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. He vowed to practice 8 hours
a day, and did so for many years. By the time he was in high school, he was known
as a consummate shredder and began performing with some of the hottest Heavy Metal
and Rock and Roll bands in the city.
first big opportunity to tour internationally, surprisingly, was with a Southern
Rock / Country band. This required that he set aside his Charvel and pick up a
Telecaster, but as a fan of Chet Atkins, Ricky Skaggs, and Albert Lee, with whom
he studied, he had no trouble combining his progressive rock skills with blistering
honing his craft in a number of regional cover bands, he was interested in taking
his skills to the next level. He moved to Los Angeles, toured with national acts,
took lessons with artists such as Frank Gambale, did studio sessions, and performed
with his friend, child prodigy drummer Jacob Armen. These experiences, along with
his Berklee College of Music sessions, opened his eyes to complex music theory
as well as unique, non-traditional scales and styles of music and playing.
moving back to Jacksonville, FL, he joined a number of Jazz groups, and became
a fan of Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, and George Benson. He was honored to take several
master classes with one of his heroes, the legendary Pat Martino, and played with
his brother in a popular Contemporary Jazz band called Surge, which produced several
commercial jazz sound of the time allowed him to integrate Latin American rhythms
and styles. He became a fan of Strunz and Farah and Acoustic Alchemy, and soon
became versed in Flamenco style. Along with Walter Eaton of the Classics IV, he
produced an album of Latin material and later published his much loved song, Mañana
spent much of this time performing with artists such as the Groove Inc Band, Alphonso
Horne, and Segue, become well versed in motown, funk, and R&B styles. During
this time, he toured all of Korea, performing for US troops and Koreans alike
as part of the US Army MWR program.
he toured with Jimmy Parrish and the Ocean Waves Band, which allowed him to lend
Caribbean, Reggae, and contemporary Island flavors to his style.
Dusty is touring the world with the Godfather of Soul, the legendary Al Green.
Performing on stages from London to Madrid and television shows such as The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno, he has remained incredibly busy in 2008. This experience has
brought his talent to the forefront, and has proved that he is one of the most
versatile guitarists in the nation.
not on tour, he enjoys performing locally, giving master classes and clinics,
and spending time with his wife, Alenna, and his fish, Cole. ~ Shane Barber