MEET THE BAND
The DIB is from the very small town of Sheridan, Wy with around 17,000 people, so when they started, there seemingly wasn’t a large enough group of people to whom one particular genre of music appealed to. Having this mindset from the beginning, the band quickly learned how to play to a crowd's desires.
To do this, The DIB developed a song catalog lasting nearly six hours, including songs from Tennessee Earnie Ford, Amy Winehouse, Chris Stapleton, The Georgia Satellites, Tyler Childers, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, etc. With this extensive catalog of music and the ability to switch genres at a moment's notice, they picked up and played shows whenever and wherever they could.
The venues and moods they played, ranged from coffee house acoustic sets, to ruckus rock and roll shows at dive bars, to intimate sunday brunches and weddings at private resorts, all the way to rowdy tailgate parties at outdoor venues. After years of drawing from this sort of variety and versatility, the band developed originality; which, in turn, became the very thing that made them so attractive to new and old listeners alike. Their aptitude for interpreting any cover song from any genre into a song that (if you didn’t know the difference) could be perceived as an original, is what initially sparked the conversation about actual originals.
This conversation quickly progressed into a campaign to raise the funds to professionally record their yet to be written songs, for which their generous fans donated upwards of $12,000; thus, turning what started as a simple idea into a very, very legitimate reality.
The DIB wrote their debut album in under two months, drawing inspiration from their years of diverse musical experiences, and hit the road to Nashville, TN. They landed at The Cabin Studio, and under the direction of Grammy award winning producer/ engineer, Brandon Bell, they recorded “Looking For.”
Now, just under two years after releasing their first few singles, hundreds of gigs, and years after their conception, the band is chasing their dream harder than ever: always looking for new friends, new venues, and new ears with whom to share their music. The DIB has plans to head back to the studio in the winter of 2023/2024 to record some new impressive material. Check back for updates as the plans progress!
Titus Brown began playing the drum set around age 12. He studied Jazz and Music Theory at Sheridan College for two years, and is most influenced by drummers Mike Johnston, Jordan Wirth, and John Riley. Titus is the owner and designer behind his company, T Elliot Drums, and he plays a full set of his handcrafted drums. He works as a custom cabinetry maker at a local construction company and currently resides in Sheridan, Wy, with his wife, Cheyenne, their daughter, Tenslee, and their good dog, Bentley.
Dugan Irby is Wyoming born and raised. He’s been playing guitar since he was twelve, and has been singing as long as he can remember. Dugan started playing live when he was around fifteen, finding bandmates and starting The Dugan Irby Band shortly after. Now, Dugan pursues music full time through several different avenues which include, but are not limited to: writing and composing songs and music, playing live shows, and giving private instrument lessons. He also tries to travel as much as he can, as traveling inspires him to write and gives his songs meaning. All that being said, Dugan is just happy to be here.
Rod Jost was born and raised on the Kansas/Nebraska plains. Music was intricately woven into his younger life but it wasn’t until his sophomore year of college that he was introduced to the bass guitar by Bruce Kunkel, member of a local college Prog Rock band. Love of the instrument drove him to explore the tonal and rhythm capabilities of the bass guitar. Early influences from bassists like Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Stanley Clark can still be heard in Rod’s playing. Later artists such as Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and Jaco continue to shape his style. Over the years, Rod has enjoyed forming and playing in music groups in the Midwest, Salt Lake City and now Sheridan, Wyoming. Rod’s life would not be complete without his lovely wife, Lynette. They were married in 1981 and continue to live life to the fullest. Rod is always learning and developing his musical skill. Due to pushing the instruments capability, Rod began building basses to accommodate his playing style. In performances Rod will most likely be playing one or two of the basses he has personally built. He met Dugan Irby at a local jam night in 2017, and that story continues to write itself.