Country Music vocalist, song writer, and recording artist Dusty Drake is the composer of the hit singles "One Last Time" and "Say Yes". He has charted five times on the Billboard Country Charts. His first CD "One Last Time" was released on Warner Bros Records in 2003. His "Say Yes" CD was released in 2007 on the Big Machine Records label.
Born Dean Buffalini in Monaca, Pennsylvania in 1965, his interest in music was influence by his grandfather and father who were fans of county and bluegrass. Dean got his start as a drummer in his teens before becoming a vocalist and songwriter. After graduating from high school he became an air traffic controller. In his evenings he was the vocalist for the popular Pittsburgh area country band Silverado. Opening a show for Garth Brooks in Salem Ohio, the MC announced him as “Dusty”. He then took the stage name of “Dusty Dean”. In 1993 wanting to make it in country music, he quit his job as an air traffic controller and moved to Nashville. He changed his name to “Dustry Drake” as there were too many Deans in Music City. In Nashville he worked his way up the country music ranks; doing backup vocals, recording demos, performing at showcases, and writing songs that were recorded by the Oakridge Boys, Joe Diffie, Janie Fricke, Ricochet, Karen Staley, and Mark Chesnutt. Drake co-wrote the 1996 Joe Diffie single "C-O-U-N-T-R-Y." But too support his family Dusty worked full time as a Pizza Hut deliveryman.
Producer Paul Worley signed Dusty to Warner Bros in 2002. Dusty’s first single, "And Then", reached #57 on the Billboard country music charts. His song "One Last Time", inspired by the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, became a Top 40 country hit, reaching #26. To promote his Warner Brother album Drake toured as the opening act for Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn. He also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.