Dutch Pink

Dutch Pink

Dutch Pink began crafting their unique brand of literate, baroque blues in the spring of 2004 and after eight years in the musical trenches is in the midst of making people take notice. Their sound has been described as “a twisted-indie fed take on American roots music.” (Metro Times) and “equally balladeers of the bleak, blunt and gothic as they are weavers of hypnotic minor-key-lingering blues.” (Real Detroit Weekly)
Originally comprised of Dustin Charles Leslie on guitar/piano/organ/vocals, David Iannuzzi on drums, and Clyde Mashinter on bass guitar. The fall of 2010 saw the addition of Joel “Jelly Roll” McCune on lead guitar. The Summer of 2011 Dutch Pink added the hypnotic vocals of Serene Arena and the soul driven voice of Aja Sardi (formerly of the internationally reknown Detroit Women) to round out a "Damned fine and formidable sextet." (Detroit Free Press). Kevin Tuczek took over the Drumming duties in the winter of 2012.
With over 80 original songs to their credit, Dutch Pink is able to perform for as long as six hours— testamented by their grueling six show pub-crawl bus tours—or hammer home a thirty-minute set without pause. As Chris Handyside from the Metro Times explained, “Wildly diverse, you never know what you’ll get at a Dutch Pink show.”
For the last eight years Dutch Pink has performed throughout Michigan, the Midwest, the East Coast and as far West as Los Angeles. After hundreds of shows beneath their belt— highlights that include: Pontiac’s Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival, Detroit’s Dally in the Alley Festival, River Fest, Detroit Taste Fest, Athens Ohio’s Halloween Block Party, Ferndale’s DIY Festival, Ferndale's Pig and Whiskey Festival, John Sinclair’s Birthday Bash, and live appearances on Lansing’s WDBM “The Impact”, Detroit’s WRIF and WDET— Dutch Pink released their latest LP, Times New Roman on vinyl in the summer of 2010 under the guidance of the Loco Gnosis Collective.
Dutch Pink’s first self-titled album, Dutch Pink, debuted in the summer of 2006 and was quickly followed by another LP, Idols and Infidels in the spring of 2007. An EP of sonnets set to music; Six Little Songs of Ourselves was released in the fall of the same year. Their music appeared in the feature film Nevermore, XM radio’s Little Stephen’s Underground Garage, and streams on Pandora.
This past January, Dutch Pink recorded a live double album at Cliff Bell’s and it is slated for release in June of 2012. The band once again entered Tempermill Studios this Winter and is currently putting the finishing touches on their sixth release, an LP "Lady Luck Motel Suite".