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…
You can find Doyle in the current issue of Blues-E-News @ blues-e-news.com.
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.
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!
Images courtesy of Cindy Boulanger.
Doyle’s set at Guitar Town / Colorado.