August 19, 2014

Guitar Town

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August 15, 2014

Guitar Town

Doyle’s set at Guitar Town / Colorado.


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July 16, 2014

Guitar Town: Copper Mountain, CO

Doyle will be playing at the Guitar Town festival in Copper Mountain, CO in August.  Check the Tour page for details!

Guitar Town festival

Guitar Town festival

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July 2, 2014

Doyle Live at the Iridium!

Doyle will be playing Live at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on October 2nd at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.!  You won’t want to miss this!  Click here for more info. and to purchase tickets.


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June 14, 2014

Hi Everyone! If I said I had a Rock Star birthday I’d be wrong…

Hi Everyone!  If I said I had a Rock Star birthday I’d be wrong…  I had a Country Star birthday playing on the Grand Ole Opry!!!  Special thanks to Pete Fisher for having me back on the show and this time on my 60th Birthday.

I played Tennessee Stomp with the Opry house band on my 1958 Gretsch 6120.  As I was ‘stompin’ I had to be careful as I looked down and saw that circle of the floor cut out of the old Ryman Auditorium.  This is the part of the center-stage floor that everybody from Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl and George Jones to Grandpa Jones had stood and performed, and here I am stompin’ my big boots all over it.  It was amazing.  The crowd was fantastic and in one magic, sporadic moment they simultaneously all sang Happy Birthday to me without any encouragement from the stage.  I cried like a girl. (No offense here to the ladies.)

For my second number I played the Patriotic Medley by Pete Fisher’s request as it was Memorial Day weekend.  I played Jerry Reed’s 1963 Country Gentleman.  I’ll always be grateful to guitar collector John Bentley for allowing me to purchase that from him.  John attained it from Jerry Rowe who is Jerry Reed’s grandson and a well-known drummer in town.  So,  it was definitely Gretsch night.

A few days before this, Fred Gretsch had invited me to have lunch with him in Savannah, GA and asked if I’d come visit their facility there for Gretsch on my way to Florida.  He and Dinah are always so warm and very gracious hosts even though they’re very busy folks.  Three or four days later I was taping a video for Gretsch to commemorate the 60th year anniversary of Chet Atkins signing with the company as an endorser.  This took place at historic Studio B in Nashville that Chet Atkins had built during his RCA years.  Steve Wariner had actually invited me to be on the project and other guests included Jimmy Capps, Richard Smith, Pat Bergeson, Dr. John Knowles and also Duane Eddy.  I had a great time in that amazing place talking about Chet Atkins and Gretsch guitars.  We even got to do a little picking!  I played ‘Harvey’ which is the 1965 6120 Gretsch guitar that I inherited from my old barber-guitar pickin’ buddy Harvey Simmons.  It’s also the guitar that I recorded ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Up on a Housetop’ on my Christmas album last year.

To stay on the Gretsch story here… without knowing any of this my daughters got together and had my birthday cakes (2) made like a White Falcon and a Fender Deluxe amplifier.  I got videos and a book with a lot of my close friends sending their happy birthday wishes and just saying nicer things than I deserved.  I’m so blessed to have such a great family and so many wonderful friends!  I also got to show off in front of my son-in-laws at the Grand Ole Opry which is pretty nice if you guys know what I mean!  I had a blast dancing with my grandkids at our little private party for the family.  What an incredible night in Nashville!

That following Sunday my son-in-law, Jake Johnson, accompanied me to play the morning services at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta with Pastor (Dr.) David Cooper, who happens to be a fine guitarist himself.  I really wanted to ask Dr.David (as I call him) to play with us, and he certainly did, which to me was a great compliment as well as showing his love for music and the guitar.  Some talented pastors I’ve seen in the past wouldn’t want their congregation to see them in this role.  I don’t think anyone in the audience that day lost an ounce of respect for him getting up and playing Windy and Warm (Chet Atkins style of course) but rather appreciated his being forthright about his love for playing the guitar.  His new CD Flying Solo is available on the Mount Paran website, and I highly recommend it to you.  What’s even more amazing is afterwards he addressed several thousand people with a heartfelt message and never used any notes or a teleprompter.  He really makes guitar players look good!

I will be playing at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society again this year so if you’re ‘thinking’ about going… come on!  This will be a fun time to see and hear some of the finest guitar players in the world… from around the world and celebrate Chet’s 60th Anniversary with Gretsch.  I’m thankful that Chet’s daughter Merle and the family teamed up with Fred Gretsch to once again allow Chet’s name to be affiliated (and I think synonymous) with this great guitar company.  Chet’s years with Gretsch were to me the best he played and sounded as nothing could ever replace “That Great Gretsch Sound.”  If that sounds like a commercial… you’re welcome Fred, Dinah and Chet, and you all certainly deserve it!

Blessings to you all and have a great 2014 Summer!


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June 12, 2014

New Hartford recording

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June 7, 2014

Chameleon CD – available for a Limited Time Only!

Doyle’s album Chameleon (a big favorite) is being sold in a limited run at  Be sure to grab your copy of this out-of-production album here!


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May 8, 2014

Grand Ole Opry!

Doyle will be playing the Grand Ole Opry on May 23rd!  Tickets available at or tune in online to listen!  This also happens to be Doyle’s 60th birthday, which makes it even more special!

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May 7, 2014

Flashback to Fender Exhibit (NAMM 2012)

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May 2, 2014

Hello everyone! What a beautiful Spring it has been! Having recently been…

Hello everyone! What a beautiful Spring it has been! Having recently been in Texas (I Love Texas!!!) and seeing the gorgeous Texas wildflowers, namely Texas Blue Bonnets, it makes me just want to move there. Read this….

love Texas
in the
the spring

I had a great time with my buddy Kelly Barber in Hawkins getting guitars and amps ready then over to Kelly Donnelly (engineer) at Eric Johnson’s studio. I also went to see Eric and met Mike Stern there at the studio as they were recording a new project together. That… by the way is going to be incredible!

I recorded some things for my compilation album of all original songs from the mid-nineties up to 2005 when Bridging the Gap was recorded. I re-recorded Gitarre 2000, Passings,  and Nothing’s Too Good for a Friend. Kelly Donelly and I also revisited some things I had started on for my new album before I really got involved in the Christmas record last year. Which now brings me to what I did last week…

I went to San Fernando, CA to “Aspen’s Place” that belongs to the great Aspen Pittman of Groove Tubes fame. His engineer, Brian Ascenzo is an old friend who I first met at Paul Huber’s store in Fraser, MI. Last year I recorded several songs at Aspen’s place for the Christmas CD (Greensleeves, Christmas at Knebworth (with you). Since then, he has added a wonderful isolation room for recording acoustic guitars, vocals, drums or whatever the need is. It was so cool recording around Aspen because his inventive and creative spirit is always at work. In fact, if something comes to mind that makes it better or an idea of something that we’ve never tried… he jumps to it! Just to see all his cool tube pres and such makes for a very interesting and pleasant experience.

This pretty much explains Aspen’s ability to take something such as ampifier tubes and eventually become the King of that domain… that is until Fender bought him out a few years ago. Still, Groove Tubes remain the authority in the music world. Another thing about Apen’s Place is… well, actually many things… many many things. I’ve never seen such collections as his in mics, guitars, amps, cars, car memorabilia, studio related memorabilia, lava lamps and even the guitar players’ stool (which I indeed used the entire time) from the old Columbia Studios in Hollywood that Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Barney Kessell and many others used there. You never knew what car he was going to drive to the studio from day to day. Cool thing is, I got to ride in them. Once again we went to the “Bear Pit Barbeque” that was once partnered and endorsed by the Ole Pea Picker himself… Tennessee Ernie Ford. I think that day it was his 1967 GTO. Wow, what a week! I will continue to work on my project and keep you guys informed. Main thing is, I’m having a lot of fun with it and I hope it comes out sounding that way!

I had a great time with Guild reps Max Peterson in Abilene, TX and Paul Harris at Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks and also at Kirk Sand’s Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Beach, CA. Each night was literally packed with guitar people. I love it! I love my new guitars and hope you’ll also come and experience one of these events in your area. I finally have all three of my signature guitars, the 6 string and 12 string acoustics and my Kirk Sand/Guild model.

Already we’re seeing some storm devastation around the country. When the wildflowers bloom storms also come up. Pray for these folks and their families in these affected areas. These are strange times. My mother and I were talking about this just today. I don’t remember ever seeing or hearing of this type of thing so common as it is today. Please watch the news or your cell phones or computers and try to keep safe. I trust you all will be and please come out anytime I’m in your area.

Until then, have a blessed Spring!


(By the way… did you read above “I Love Texas in the Spring?” Read it again… slow.)

*Studio Pictures below:  Aspen’s Place Studio in San Fernando, CA.  (with Engineer, Brian Ascenzo)

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