October 27, 2014

10/23/14

Hi everyone…
There are so many things going on this Fall I thought I would add more blogs to keep better in touch with you all.  Recently I had a great time at the Grandpa Jones’ mile marker unveiling at his home place in Niagara, Kentucky.  The Jones family asked if I would play some music at the event.  My long time friend Mark Jones (son of Grandpa and Ramona) played banjo with me on some of our favorite Grandpa pieces.  In fact, Mark played his dad’s old banjo which was the one Grandpa used when I traveled with him.  It was truly a day to remember.  Ramona, Eloise and Alisa and their families were also present.  I can’t tell you how much this meant to me to be a part of something like this.  Grandpa would’ve been so proud.

photo 3For years now Sonny Thomas has worked on my guitars doing re-frets, set ups, etc. and now has finally recorded a CD of some great guitar instrumentals with his nephew Donnie Keahey and pickin’ buddy Richie York.  Some times when I would go to pick up one of my guitars Sonny would ‘frett out’ a tune or two and I’d say “Man,  I didn’t know you could play like that!”  Somehow I knew he got that a lot!  Although Sonny has worked on guitars for Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Paul Yandell and countless others… he also played professionally but has concentrated more on his technical skills in guitar repair and luthier work for the last few years.  Sonny knows way more about music theory than I do and his arrangements on this record will show you that he knows his way around the neck of a guitar in more ways than one!  These guys have cranked out some really fun, tricky and just down-right good guitar pieces that will bring you back to some of the guitar trio sounds of Leon Rhodes, Jimmy Capps and Spider Wilson from the Grand Ole Opry.  This Country/Jazz/Swing style of music is what I grew up on and what made me want to go even beyond my finger-pickin’ and discover some new places in music.  Only thing… I never could play it as well as these guys!  Hank Garland would’ve been proud to hear this from these boys and that goes for me too.  I think you’d enjoy this as well.  To order go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/tripleplay3 or  www.mikeheadrick.com. Sonny Thomas…Triple Play.

photo 2

Today would’ve been my dad’s 85th birthday.  I played a song in his honor at Lee University for their Chapel service.  In fact,  I basically played a concert for the kids there.  A group of young college kids could be very intimidating to an old guy like me… but these kids were the best.  My friend Danny Murray and Dr. Paul Conn had arranged this and what an honor to play right here at home and get such a nice reception from the students.  Music is a huge thing at Lee University and given the fact that they even let me in the doors show that they appreciate music of all types and styles.  Lee is a bright spot in our community and to the world.  Our daughters all attended school there, and Holli and Haley graduated from there.  It’s probably not everyday that they have someone come in and end up on “Free Bird”… but I so did!  “The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” Friedrich Nietzshe.

Speaking of CDs… I have something about to be released that I’ve been planning to do for years now.  I have compiled all of my original songs from 1994-2004 on a two volume/4 disc set that will also include a couple of bonus songs, such as “Bob’s Guitar Lesson” that I wrote in honor of my friend Bob Taylor and “The Lights of Marfa” that was the theme of my book and DVD with Moody Publishing.  I will come back to you with more news on this in the very near future.  Until then… enjoy the Fall!

Happy Picking!

Doyle

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

October 8, 2014

What a great start to the Fall! …

Hello Everyone!

What a great way to start the Fall!  I love the Fall.  It’s my favorite time of year!  Today, after getting home from my Northeast run, I celebrated Fall by my first cup of hot tea… English style of course.  It’s funny but after the holidays I don’t do tea again until the Fall.  I love it!  Makes me think of my English friends.  My daughter Haley does the same thing.  Must be our English friends calling on us.

I had a most unique presentation and gift given to me a few days ago.  I was inducted into the “National Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame” at the Merle Travis Music (performing arts) Center in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky… right where it all started.  As soon as I crossed over the county line and saw the sign “Muhlenberg County,” it was like something hit me in the chest!  As my friend and fellow “thumb-picker” Darrell Owens said… “you were among kindred spirits!”  Indeed I was!  Dr. John Knowles, Sonny Thomas and Pat Kirtley were also there and some fine pickers that I’d never heard play before, including a 14-year-old fingerstyle virtuoso… of course also from Kentucky.  What an honor to be named among Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Ike Everly, Mose Rager, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Steve Wariner, Eddie Pennington, Thom Bresh and (I’m getting in trouble now… too many to mention) a host of other really fine guitar players in the Hall of Fame.  I really felt welcomed by the fine folks there at the festival.  I highly recommend you going next year.  Look up their site at www.ntphf.com.

Recently I got a call from my friend Darren Wallace at Ovation Guitars.  Ovation was my very first endorsement, even before Taylor Guitars.  I played an Ovation Country Artist for years and after it was damaged on a plane flight,  my friend Shot Jackson not only repaired the neck but also put a cutaway on it and I asked him to paint it a blue-burst.  My name was inlaid on the headstock with a beautiful cross inlay.  It was actually stolen out of a church in Jacksonville, FL (PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS GUITAR!!!).  Anyway,  it was recognized by the Ovation representative as the very first cutaway Ovation and the first blue one as well.  Even after I left Grandpa Jones he asked me to come up and play on the Grand Ole Opry.  I played that very guitar.  A friend encouraged me to be an endorser for Ovation and so I contacted them never believing they would even consider it… but they did.  I replaced that guitar with a black Country Artist (electric nylon string) and a beautiful blue Adamas steel-string guitar.  Darren asked if I would like to play a couple of their U.S. made guitars, so a few days ago I went back up to the factory in New Hartford, CT, and when I looked at the 12-string Adamas, I couldn’t believe it… it was just like the one I had out of the 80s, but with a cutaway!  I also took a wood-top Adamas with me, which is also a strikingly beautiful guitar.  I played these guitars right out of the box on my shows in VA and NY and have decided to use these on the road.  The first song on my show was “New Hartford,” which I had written and dedicated to the employees there.  Of course,  I’ll continue to use my Olson and my Sand guitars, but I will now have the “blue 12,” and when possible, the Adamas ‘WT’ around too.   By the way,  I’m playing these guitars just because I want to and because they deserve to live!  I’m hoping to see more electricity in that old pre-Civil War building once again cranking out one of the most innovative and treasured guitar brands of all time… Ovation!

Speaking of shows in VA and NY,  I played at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA and the Iridium Jazz Club (where Les Paul played every week)  in Manhattan last week.  My crowds were not very large but the response and encouragement from the people was huge!  My friends Neal and Gwen Ferry were in New York and I believe that we all witnessed another turning point in my life and career.  The Iridium said next time they’ll put me on their guitar night since they weren’t familiar with me.  That, of course, is on Mondays like when Les played there.  I played my heart out.  I’ve found that when you do that… you’re not simply looking at a few people but huge potential, and I think somehow even a promotion.  Dave and Brad at Dynamic Artists Management are to be thanked for taking a risk on a finger pickin’ church musician/preacher… who has now been invited back!  Film at Eleven!  HA!

I’ve played with Greg Laurie with 55,000 people in a stadium and huge crowds of people on the Grand Ole Opry, churches and festivals, but to play at the Iridium with even a small crowd… where Les Paul, Chet Atkins and Jeff Beck, etc.  had played… I was a bit nervous.  Small crowds always make me more nervous anyway.  After I played “New Hartford” on the blue Adamas,  I switched over to the Olson.  Nothing but silence.  I checked switches… jiggled cables… looked at power indicator lights… nothing.  For about a minute it was silent on stage.  That feels like an eternity!  I was rattled for a few numbers then I finally setttled down.  I found what had appeared to be a faulty cable on my pre-amp board for my Olson.  I didn’t replace it then but prayed it wouldn’t happen again during my show.  I forgot all about it.  On Saturday I went to do my soundcheck for my church concert date in Groton, CT at Groton Bible Church and remembered the cable problem.  I jiggled and bumped and shook my little pedalboard up and down and ‘I couldn’t Get it to stop working!’  What am I saying?  Anytime you start crossing over into new territory… especially something you’ve been wanting, hoping and even praying for… don’t be surprised when opposition comes.  What to do?  Look beyond the circumstance and the small crowd and see that God is there with you.  I pray for everything I do and for direction to everywhere I go… way before I get there!  I had to remind myself that this was where I was supposed to be and I had already done the ground work to get there.  I didn’t have to prove otherwise… and it all worked out!

Perhaps reading this right now is where you’re supposed to be!  I had so many things this year that seemed to have set me back and I could have “plummeted,” but instead I have decided to let it “propel” me to the next level!  I may not be seeing it completely yet, but I have laid claim on reaching more people and sharing my music and a message of hope and encouragement to people in places that I’ve never dreamed would have happened.  The Iridium was one of those I had never dreamed I’d do… but now that I have,  next time I’ll bring an extra cable?  No,  next time we’ll put in extra “tables!”

Happy Fall!

Doyle

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

September 14, 2014

Special Tribute to Chet Atkins

You won’t want to miss this special video tribute to Chet Atkins, featuring Doyle and other artists such as Steve Wariner, Duane Eddy, John Knowles, Jimmy Capps, Pat Bergeson and Richard Smith…

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

September 5, 2014

Doyle Live @ 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.

irid_no_jazz

 

10685486_10152751886428200_3431778437291123623_n

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

September 4, 2014

Blues-E-News.com

You can find Doyle in the current issue of Blues-E-News @ blues-e-news.com.

cover_pic

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

September 4, 2014

Music Speaks Project

My friend, Keith Miller, and his son just released a project recently that is not only a great project with good music but it goes for a great cause.  It’s called “Music Speaks” and I have included a song on this CD that is yet unreleased until now.  My song is called “Bob’s Guitar Lesson” and I wrote it for Bob Taylor with his book by that title in mind.  When I wrote and recorded “The Lights of Marfa” he told me that he didn’t have a song for HIS book… so I wrote him one.  I was hoping they would use it on an audio book version but so far he hasn’t made one.  When Keith and Nathan asked me if I would contribute something for their CD I contacted Bob and he agreed that it would be a great way to release it.  Haley and Jake Johnson (my daughter and son-in-law) also have a song on the album.  Other contributors also include Dr. John Knowles and Phil Keaggy.  Keith is a fine guitarist and has been a good friend for years now.  His son Nathan is also playing so well and the two of them playing together is quite touching.  They were a huge hit at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention this past July.  The proceeds of the CD go to Autism Awareness.  For ordering information go to www.musicspeaksproject.com.

 

4PAN1T

 

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

August 28, 2014

Hi everyone! It has been a very busy Summer for sure! Although most of it has been…

Hi everyone!  It has been a very busy Summer for sure!  Although most of it has been very mild and pleasant temperature wise… the last few days have made up for that!  Whew!  It’s 100 degrees in Tulsa right now as I have spent the day here today to go and pay a visit to my a long time friend Roy Clark.  His wife Barbara is as warm and friendly as the man himself which goes to show that “behind every good man… is a surprised mother ‘n law”… or something like that!  (You can tell I’ve been hanging out with a comedian too don’t ya know!) We talked about old times… now times and future times.  Roy is looking well and no doubt you will be hearing and seeing more from this country legend.  Today was a gift from the Good Lord to me for whatever reason… I don’t know… but I’ll take it!

Last weekend at the James Burton Festival I got to spend some time with Richie and Nancy Furray (Buffalo Springfield) as we shared the same room back stage.  There were soooooo many fine artists but I was so thrilled to be in the same room as Richie.  We prayed together for the show that God would fill the house!  Our good friend and producer of the show… Charles Lynn walked in on our prayer time and joined us.  It is refreshing to see gifted people giving honor back to the Lord what He’s done in their lives.  From Vince Gill, Paul Franklin and Lincoln Brewster to Priscilla Presley and Paul Shaffer the line up was impressive and the audience was incredible.  James and Louise Burton deserved all the honor bestowed upon them by all of their celebrity guests.  I don’t think I know anyone else in this world who has more favor with people than they do.  They also connect with their local community so well and are continuing to do good things for kids less fortunate by giving the gift of music and guitars!

Speaking of guitars… Oh my Lord!  Last week I flew up to Minneapolis and was picked up by none other than world reknowned luthier and friend James Olson.  I spent the rest of the day with James and Sue and… Yes I got a new guitar from him and yes… it is now my Number ONE!  I met James Olson about 17 years ago at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California.  I have always wanted one of his guitars.  My daughter Heidi was recently at our home in TN with the grandkids and one day she asked me if I could play “ANY” guitar on earth that I wanted what would that be… I immediately said,  “an Olson.”  Jim is the nicest and most humble man you could ever meet.  He speaks softly but his guitars speak very loud and clear!  I took Heidi into my studio and showed her some of the James Taylor “One Man Band” DVD and the sound of his Olson.  She understood then.  I had recently joined up with my friend Phil Keaggy and checked out his Olson guitars.  I also visited the home of Mark Lanier in Houston with my friend Pastor Jeff Shreve and Mark showed us his 3 Olson guitars.  I was hooked!  Sometimes you look back at things and you realize that it was such a point A to B to C and you just know it all had to be orchestrated outside of your thinking process and creativity.  In other words… this was a God thing.

doyle Dykes pb guitar

So, with my new Olson in my hands I went out onstage at the James Burton Festival and spoke of a happy time just five years ago when my brother had presented 25 guitars to the students at his elementary school where he is the music teacher and how their reaction was stifling.  My mother and father and I were there.  It was the last time my father ever saw and heard my brother Aubery and I play.  These guitars were a gift from the James Burton Foundation.  I played How Great Thou Art that day and just a few days later I played that same song at my father’s funeral at my mother and brother’s request.  I played “How Great Thou Art” on my Olson guitar last Saturday night at the James Burton Festival and  I could sense the love, skill, humility and creative spirit from James as the voice of my new guitar was heard for the first time.  I love that the reaction also came from the prayer with a Rock Star, his wife and a producer… “for what it’s worth”… He Filled the House!

Doyle & Jim Olson.

Doyle & Jim Olson.

Happy rest of the Summer!
Doyle
Doyle and Vince Gill.

Doyle and Vince Gill.

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

August 19, 2014

Guitar Town

Images courtesy of Cindy Boulanger.

IMG_4183

IMG_6524

IMG_6511

IMG_6440

 

IMG_5387

IMG_5380

IMG_5370

IMG_4853

IMG_4842

IMG_4800

IMG_4799

 

IMG_4774

IMG_4773

IMG_4687

IMG_4334

IMG_4232

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

August 15, 2014

Guitar Town

Doyle’s set at Guitar Town / Colorado.

 

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed

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

Posted by in Uncategorized and tagged as

0 Comments / Comments are closed