Review: Dusty Grant’s Chris Cornell Influenced “This Longing Heart” Is An Unplugged Anthem

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Dusty Grant recently released a new single titled “This Longing Heart.” It was recorded at Magnitude Creative in Wichita, Kansas.

The track calls back to the MTV Unplugged sound of the 1990’s, it’s simply Grant’s voice and an acoustic guitar. The track is driven by a melodic acoustic riff that sounds Zeppelinesque, and like a 2017 take on Alice In Chains’ Jar of Flies.  The single cover even looks like Black Gives Way To Blue.

Lyrically, the track has a sense of longing for inner peace, while also finding a way to enjoy the darkness. Grant sings, ‘No escape not sure I’d want to/I push on until there’s nothing left in the world filled with boundaries/In these days filled with doubt.’ He feels trapped, and can’t seem to find acceptance, and he’s trying to find a way to deal with it.

Dusty lets out a melancholic howl during the bridge, with shades of Chris Cornell’s stripped down Songbook work. The opening riff is reminiscent of Cornell’s “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart.” The vocal delivery calls back some of the 90’s greatest post Grunge bands like Live. There is also a southern drawl to Grant’s voice that brings back memories of Scott Weiland.

Grant hails from Omaha, Nebraska, and you can definitely feel the middle America influence on the song. Alternative Nation definitely recommends this hook laden track, and can’t wait to see what Dusty does in his future.