The Dust Devils to Perform August 26 on Campus
Texas duo Barbara Malteze and Kevin Higgins of The Dust Devils will bring their “Americana” music style to Penn State York when they perform at 7 p.m. in the Lion's Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. The concert is free to Penn State York students with I.D. and $10 per person at the door for all others.
This husband and wife musical team has won numerous awards including the 2007 Readers Choice award for Band of the Year according to Hill Country Happenings Magazine, and numerous Texas Music Awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Vocal Duo of the Year in 2006. Malteze won Female Vocalist of the Year two years in a row, in 2006 and 2007, an accomplishment that to date has not been surpassed.
Higgins, (guitars/vocals/songwriter), was raised in El Paso, playing in cover bands until he decided to pursue a career in songwriting. Malteze, (vocals/keys/mandolin), was influenced by Southern rock of another gender. Some think it might’ve been Janis Joplin, but it was really Joyce Kennedy from Atlanta’s Mother’s Finest who was a major influence on Malteze. The Dust Devils’ industry showcases have included "Windows on Texas", (a Texas Hill Country event held in January, similar to Austin's SXSW); an “Official Texas Party” CRS-37 showcase at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville; “South by the Sons” showcase at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas; and performances in Austin at Waterloo Ice House.
Malteze and Higgins reside in Marble Falls, Texas, with two well-loved Quarter horses, where they work and live as caretakers on Candlelight Ranch, a retreat for kids with special needs.