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.
Highlights in Doyle’s Career
~ Awarded a brick in the Wall of Fame at “The Cavern Club” in Liverpool, England.
~ Performed and interviewed by the very popular Big George on the BBC (UK).
~ The ICGMA (International Country Gospel Music Association) awarded Doyle “Instrumentalist of the Year” twice in 2006 and 2014. They also inducted Doyle into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
~ Nominated to be in the National Thumpicker’s Association Hall of Fame in 2014 which will be held September 2014.
~ Performed and interviewed by “Steve and Johnnie” on WGN Chicago Radio (in-studio).
~ 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 Juber
“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 Magazine
“I thought it was impossible, but Doyle Dykes has raised the standard. Amazing guitarmanship. Imaginative arrangements. Great sound.” John Schroeter, John August Music
“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