Dustin Evans was born and raised in Wessington Springs, a town of about 1000 people in eastern central South Dakota.



Dustin’s dad had started a band called Kyle Evans and the Company Cowboys in 1969, so there was never a time when Dustin wasn't around music. He first performed on stage with his dad at age three. Dustin took piano lessons as a child and was active in band and music throughout school. He played drums for a rock band as a freshman in high school, then sang lead vocals and played guitar for another band his junior year.



Dustin occasionally sat in with his dad’s band, at some point filling in for each member, including Kyle himself. This generated some interest among the Kyle Evans audience, and Dustin soon co-founded a country band called The Outriders, along with the son of his dad's drummer. Their first show was the summer after their senior year. Word about this group spread quickly, and the calendar started to fill up. That’s when Dustin first realized there could be a future in music.



The Outriders eventually parted ways, and after college, Dustin set his sights on recording an album in Nashville, while joining forces with Good Times, an already popular band in Mitchell, SD. The band stayed busy every weekend, packing dance halls and street dances around South Dakota. Then, with the help of a popular music competition, they got the attention of a prominent talent buyer who offered to book the band in some bigger events around the country.



Fairs, festivals, rodeos, NASCAR events, and large nightclubs soon followed, as well as spots opening for some of the biggest names in country music. The band was offered major sponsorships and was playing around 125 shows per year, while also releasing new music. Dustin then decided to make Nashville his home, flying back and forth to join the band for shows. He also saw some modest chart activity with original songs like “Good Ol’ Days To Come” and a military tribute, “If I Die Before You Wake.”



In 2005, after the passing of rodeo and country music legend, Chris LeDoux, his band Western Underground approached Dustin about joining them to finish out their remaining dates, and possibly carrying on with the group. Dustin spent the next five years touring with Western Underground and recording an album with them, while still splitting time with his own band.



Since then, Dustin has gone back to playing primarily with his own group and occasionally performing solo acoustic shows. He’s started a family and has two little girls, which prompted a move back to his home state of South Dakota in 2017.




Since those early days with The Outriders up until now, here are some of the South Dakota cities where you may have seen Dustin and the band.


  • Aberdeen, SD
  • Agar, SD
  • Akaska, SD
  • Alexandria, SD
  • Alpena, SD
  • Arlington, SD
  • Armour, SD
  • Artesian, SD
  • Avon, SD
  • Belle Fourche, SD
  • Beresford, SD
  • Black Hawk, SD
  • Blunt, SD
  • Bridgewater, SD
  • Burke, SD
  • Canton, SD
  • Chamberlain, SD
  • Clear Lake, SD
  • Corsica, SD
  • De Smet, SD
  • Dallas, SD
  • Dante, SD
  • Deadwood, SD
  • Delmont, SD
  • Dimock, SD
  • Edgemont, SD
  • Egan, SD
  • Emery, SD
  • Estelline, SD
  • Ethan, SD
  • Faith, SD
  • Faulkton, SD
  • Flandreau, SD
  • Fort Pierre, SD
  • Fort Thompson, SD
  • Freeman, SD
  • Gann Valley, SD
  • Garretson, SD
  • Geddes, SD
  • Gregory, SD
  • Grenville, SD
  • Groton, SD
  • Harrisburg, SD
  • Harrold, SD
  • Hartford, SD
  • Henry, SD
  • Highmore, SD
  • Hoven, SD
  • Howard, SD
  • Hudson, SD
  • Humboldt, SD
  • Huron, SD
  • Ipswich, SD
  • Irene, SD
  • Iroquois, SD
  • Isabel, SD
  • Kadoka, SD
  • Kimball, SD
  • Lake Andes, SD
  • Lake Preston, SD
  • Lane, SD
  • Langford, SD
  • Lemmon, SD
  • Lennox, SD
  • Letcher, SD
  • Madison, SD
  • Martin, SD
  • Miller, SD
  • Mission, SD
  • Mitchell, SD
  • Mobridge, SD
  • Montrose, SD
  • Mount Vernon, SD
  • Mina, SD
  • Murdo, SD
  • Nisland, SD
  • Onida, SD
  • Orient, SD
  • Parkston, SD
  • Philip, SD
  • Pickstown, SD
  • Pierre, SD
  • Plankinton, SD
  • Platte, SD
  • Pollock, SD
  • Presho, SD
  • Pukwana, SD
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Raymond, SD
  • Redfield, SD
  • Ree Heights, SD
  • Saint Lawrence, SD
  • Salem, SD
  • Scotland, SD
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Sisseton, SD
  • Spearfish, SD
  • Springfield, SD
  • Stickney, SD
  • Sturgis, SD
  • Tabor, SD
  • Tea, SD
  • Toronto, SD
  • Tripp, SD
  • Turton, SD
  • Tyndall, SD
  • Verdon, SD
  • Vermillion, SD
  • Viborg, SD
  • Volga, SD
  • Wagner, SD
  • Wakonda, SD
  • Watertown, SD
  • Webster, SD
  • Wessington Springs, SD
  • Wessington, SD
  • White Lake, SD
  • White, SD
  • Willow Lake, SD
  • Winner, SD
  • Wolsey, SD
  • Woonsocket, SD


The band is proud to have played the main stages at some of South Dakota’s biggest fairs, including the South Dakota State Fair, Sioux Empire Fair, Brown County Fair, and Central States Fair.




Over the years, Dustin Evans has played thousands of shows across 35 states for millions of people. Here are a few notable venues:


Cheyenne Frontier Days (Cheyenne WY)

Country Thunder (Twin Lakes WI)

Country Thunder (Florence AZ)

Country Stampede (Manhattan KS)

Country Stampede (Sparta KY)

Country Jam (Grand Junction CO)

Country Concert (Ft. Loramie OH)

Route 66 Festival (Springfield MO)

Comstock (Comstock NE)

Nebraskaland Days (North Platte NE)

Metra Park (Billings MT)

American Royal (Kansas City MO)

Sioux Falls Arena (Sioux Falls, SD)

Sanford Pentagon (Sioux Falls, SD)

Sanford Premier Center (Sioux Falls, SD)

Corn Palace (Mitchell, SD)

Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis IN)

Pepsi 400 (Brooklyn MI)

Texas 500 (Ft. Worth TX)

Indy 500 (Indianapolis IN) 

Remingtons (Topeka KS)

Remingtons (Springfield MO)

Crystal Palace (Bakersfield CA)

Loud American Roadhouse (Sturgis SD)

Tumbleweed (Stillwater OK)

Grizzly Rose (Denver CO)

Cow Palace (San Francisco CA)

Billy Bob's (Ft. Worth TX)

In Cahoots (St. Louis MO)

The Saddle Rack (Fremont CA) 

8 Seconds Saloon (Indianapolis IN)

Crazy Horse Saloon (Irvine CA)

Sundance Saloon (Mundelein IL)

Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN)

Buffalo Chip (Sturgis SD)

Dustin has also performed the national anthem for NBA, NHL, PRCA, and PBR events.


Support act for:


Tim McGraw

Toby Keith

Brad Paisley

Keith Urban

Trace Adkins*

Charlie Daniels

Dierks Bentley

Chris Young

Montgomery Gentry*

Old Dominion

Joe Diffie*

Chris Ledoux*


Jerrod Niemann*

Jake Owen

Lee Brice

Randy Houser

Neal McCoy*

Clint Black*


Perfect Stranger*

Daryle Singletary

Daryl Worley

Phil Vassar

Don Williams

The Guess Who

Little Texas

Lee Ann Womack

Collin Raye

Dwight Yoakam

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Peter Noone

The Temptations

Larry The Cable Guy

Rodney Carrington

Billy Currington

Tracy Byrd

Sammy Kershaw

Sawyer Brown

Little Texas

Trick Pony

Big & Rich

Diamond Rio

Tracy Lawrence


Sugar Ray

Uncle Kracker

Sister Hazel

Restless Heart

Martina McBride

Little Big Town

Ronnie Millsap

Carrie Underwood

ZZ Top


*multiple shows


Shared festival stages with:


Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Brooks & Dunn

Reba McEntire

Kenny Chesney

Alan Jackson


Doobie Brothers

Huey Lewis and the News

REO Speedwagon

38 Special

Lynyrd Skynyrd


Don McLean

Faith Hill

Mark Chesnutt

LeeAnn Rimes

Tanya Tucker

John Michael Montgomery

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band