Dusty Wakeman, born Donald Wakeman, came out of Texas with a full head of steam and, like those immigrants before him, headed for California. Part of the baby-boomer generation, Wakeman spent his school years playing in rock bands as well as absorbing the Texas culture that surrounded him. But, after graduating from high school he could only imagine where his fortune lay. In his mind he figured it had to be Los Angeles.Packing up his bass, he landed in L.A. during the mid-'70s. He quickly established a 24-track studio in Venice and took on another Texan, Michael Dumas, as a partner. Working together, Wakeman and Dumas made Mad Dog Studios the top recording spot in town. Always busy, both were able to fit in other projects on the side. As a musician, Wakeman played with Jackson Browne, Rosie Flores, Michelle Shocked and Jim Lauderdale.