Doyle Dykes: Classic Fingerpickin’

NAMM 2013 #3 – Merle Travis & Chet Atkins

“Doyle discusses playing with Grandpa Jones, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.”

One of the best videos of guitar playing (at least one of my favorites) was a video by Doyle Dykes I featured here more than a year ago, showing off  about 5 short songs- all just fabulous playing.

Here in this recent video which was filmed at NAMM 2013, Doyle in my opinion has slowed down a little….  yes……. really.

I know what you’re thinking.. this is slowing down?

Well, compared to that other video, yea it is… (now it’s time to look at that other video).

Well, it could have something to do with the guitar. The guitar in the first video is more like an electric than an acoustic. The Guild he is playing in this vid is pretty much a standard acoustic, although it does have a pickup. (beautiful guitar btw).

“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 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.

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.” more