Erik Buell is a legendary figure in motorcycling, gaining fame as the founder of Buell Motorcycles, which was acquired by Harley-Davidson in 1993. Later he created an offshoot company, EBR, which built American superbikes. More recently, he’s been involved with Fuell, an electric bicycle and motorcycle company.

Erik Buell’s other passion is music, and he released the hard-rocking Anthem album in 2010. The singer/songwriter is now set to release his second studio album, Dust Settles, on June 7. It blends Americana and heartland rock influences as he sings about finding strength in honesty, the power of vulnerability and the experience of reconnecting and marrying his college sweetheart after decades apart.

“I’ve had an amazing and blessed life overall,” Buell says. “There have been many dark and sad times, as well as bright and happy times. For me, this album marks the first time I’ve been able to record songs that capture those deep feelings. Everything I’m writing these days comes from that uncovered well.” 

Eric Buell Dust Settles

Dust Settles was recorded at Ralph’s Garage in Ventura, California, and was produced by Ralph Carter (Eddie Money, Dancing With The Stars), who also contributed on bass, guitar, keys, and percussion. The album features 12 original songs written by Buell, backed up by a group of session players and musician friends that he’s dubbed as “Friends Out West.”

The musicians include: Carter; Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen) on drums and percussion; Phil Parlapiano (John Prine, The Shape of Water) on keys; Jesse Kennemer on guitar; Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer) on pedal steel; and Annie Bzdawka on harmony vocals.

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The album kicks off with “You’re Not Alone In this World,” a roots-rocker about reconnecting with his wife after 25 years apart, followed by the atmospheric “Fading Perfume.” Other highlights include the propulsive “Mr. Pious,” with its commentary on religious hypocrisy and the prog-rock-tinged title track.

Switching gears, “Crank Up That Jukebox” is brimming with a blend of Western swing that takes the listener back to Buell’s days spent in the San Antonio honkytonks. “Together” is a jaunty, pop-infused take on how love can change one’s outlook and life for the best. Rounding out the album, the sentimental, Caribbean-flared “In My Arms Again” shows Buell professing his appreciation for the love of his life and his gratitude for having found her again after being apart for many years.

“My hope is that these songs connect with others,” Buell comments. “At our core, we are all very much alike. We are full of emotions that we keep to ourselves, while wondering if others feel the same. Recognize that. Be kind to each other. The best of roads are ahead.”



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