Earning a scholarship to Stan Kenton Band Clinics and joining the Musicians Union at age 17 allowed Dusty to become a professional drummer at a young age. He formed local California punk band The Press and by the end of the 1970s he was also an original member of Jon and the Nightriders and The Stepmothers. After leaving The Runaways, Lita Ford asked Dusty to join her original line up and he recorded her debut album, Out for Blood, and toured with her from 1980 through 1984. After that he joined the band Legs Diamond, whom he would play with until 1993. During this period, Dusty did side work in a number of bands, including Concrete Blonde, Channel 3, Laureen Ellis, The Boss Martians and talk show host Wally George.
After leaving Legs Diamond, he played drums on hip hop act Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.'s albums Metally Disturbed and Angry Samoans and toured Europe with them. He went on to join Sugartooth, but the band quickly broke up after they were dropped by Geffen Records. Shortly after this he started instrumental surf band Slacktone with co-founder Dave Wronski and started touring with Agent Orange (whom he would continue to work with through 2009). In 1997, he joined Dick Dale's backing band The Del-Tones, recording and touring with them through 2006.
In March 2009 Dusty married Colorado-native and female drummer Rikki Styxx who moved to California following.