DOYLE DYKES - Doyle Dykes is
a guitar legend in the making. Although influenced by a wide variety of musical
styles and musicians from the country of Chet Atkins to the rock and roll of
Duane Eddy and the Beatles, Doyle has developed a distinct, recognizable sound
that amazes audiences with skill while capturing hearts with sincerity and soul.
Doyle’s appreciation for various styles of music is reflected in his albums as
they include signature compositions like “Jazz in the Box” and “Martha’s
Kitchen” and hymns like the powerful “How Great Thou Art.” Gitarre 2000 was
released by BMG on Windham Hill Records, and Doyle’s music has appeared on
several of the label’s compilation albums like Here, There, and Everywhere (a
tribute to the Beatles). In addition, Doyle’s music has been heard on United
Airlines, Air Canada, NPR’s Morning News and All Things Considered, Disney’s
California Adventure, and even the Space Shuttle Atlantis in September, 2000.
Doyle’s early years as a guitarist took him around the world as he toured with
The Stamps Quartet and later with Grand Ole Opry Star, Grandpa Jones. Doyle has
since returned to the Grand Ole Opry for numerous performances, many appearing
live on national television. As an endorser and clinician for Taylor Guitars,
Doyle has designed a very successful signature guitar. The Doyle Dykes Signature
Model Taylor guitar (“DDSM”) features an amplification system by L.R. Baggs,
deemed as the Doyle Dykes Hexaphonic Pickup System. Doyle also helped design his
signature Rivera amplifier, called the Sedona, designed to accommodate both
electric and acoustic instruments. Doyle’s signature instruments and equipment
have influenced the musical instrument industry on a global basis.
Doyle performs in venues ranging from Theatres, Bluegrass festivals, and
churches, to major Conventions, such as the NAMM Show (Anaheim, CA and
Nashville, TN), the Musikmesse (largest music trade show in the world;
Frankfurt, Germany), Music Live (UK), and the National Executive Institute,
which is made up of honored FBI Agents, major city Police Chiefs, and Law
Enforcement Officers from around the world. Internationally, Doyle attracts
record audiences in many Continents around the world. Whether to a guitar player
or music enthusiast, Doyle’s music will make a lasting impression on anyone
given the opportunity to listen.
Highlights in Doyle's Career
~ Awarded a brick in the Wall of Fame at "The Cavern Club" in Liverpool,
~ Performed and interviewed by the very popular Big George on the BBC (UK).
~ Performed and interviewed by "Steve and Johnnie" on WGN Chicago Radio
~ Played on stage with Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Peter Frampton, John
Fogerty, Vince Gill, and many others.
~ Played a special tribute to Chet Atkins at the Grand Ole Opry that aired
multiple times on national television.
~ Performed a concert tour, including the Florida Theatre, accompanied by a
String Orchestra with Composer and Conductor, Tom Keene.
Vintage Guitar Magazine Interview with Chet Atkins:
VG "You've played and recorded with so many of the greats, is there anybody out
there that you personally would pay to go see?"
CA "People like Doyle Dykes, who is just an amazing finger picker, I think."
"Doyle is one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists around. I sincerely admire
him as a person and as a musician." Chet Atkins, CGP
"I've been fortunate enough to know Doyle and his great guitar playing for quite
some time. In a word, he is absolutely a MONSTER!!" Steve Wariner
"Doyle's clever use of dynamics, the warm tone he achieves with an acoustic
guitar and his exceptional skill with the instrument is wonderful to hear...He
is one of the most fantastic players I have heard in years." Duane Eddy
"Magnificent chops, refined musicianship and tons of personality!" Laurence
"As owner of Taylor Guitars, I have the privilege of working with many fine
guitar players. Never has anyone caught my attention like Doyle Dykes. His
guitar playing is the most expert I've heard, and yet his listeners don't have
to be guitar enthusiasts to know that they're listening to someone very
special." Bob Taylor, President of Taylor Guitars
"Doyle Dykes is not only a great fingerstyle guitarist, but is a good friend as
well. I'm proud that he plays one of my guitars." Kirk Sand, Sand Guitars
"Doyle has a mastery of fingerstyle guitar playing unlike anyone else I have
ever heard. His ability and technique continue to amaze me every time I see him
play." Russ McFee, GHS Strings
"Doyle Dykes is one of the most convincing cross-genre fingerstylists today. He
successfully metes out Jazz, Latin, Gospel, Hawaiian, and Country arrangements
from his nylon and steel-string guitars with equal grace and aplomb. But grace
is only one facet of Doyle's talents. He also brings an incredible virility and
indefatigable fire to his music, which makes listening to his arrangements an
exhausting but satisfying experience." Jon Chappell, Editor-in-Chief, Guitar
"I thought it was impossible, but Doyle Dykes has raised the standard. Amazing
guitarmanship. Imaginative arrangements. Great sound." John Schroeter, John
"There are good fingerpickers, great fingerpickers, and then Doyle Dykes. This
amazing guitarist brings the art of fingerstyle to new levels of technical and
creative brilliance. For fingerstyle fans, it doesn't get any better than this."
Pete Prown, Editor-in-Chief, Guitar Shop Magazine
"Many of today's virtuosos get their tone wrong and then everything else is
reduced to mathematical finger exercises. Dykes gets the tone right, which makes
everything else possible, which is a lot. Somewhere between Chet Atkins and Leo
Kottke, he is fast, accurate, and warm. Amazing technique, cheerful melodies,
plenty of drive, minimal abstraction." Charles M. Young, Musician Magazine