If you get a chance to see Doyle Dykes, please take my advice and go. He is the best country finger style guitarist I have ever heard, and many say he is the best in the world. (For all you folks in Australia Tommy Emmanuel is tough too. He and Doyle are working on a CD together.)
As impressive as his guitar skills are, and they border on unbelievable, what impresses me even more is what kind of man he is. He has worked hard to be the best guitarist he can be, but he knows his gift is not from human hands. It shows in his humility. He gives his Maker all the credit.
Doc Watson is my favorite flat-picker. He once said he hoped he’d be remembered as a good man rather than a flashy guitar player. Doyle Dykes is beyond fabulous as a player, and my favorite finger style guitarist. My guess is he would agree with Doc Watson. It seems the great ones are forever humble. They understand the Good Lord chose them for His reasons and their job is to follow.
I am pretty fair country picker, and I have seen a number of great players in my day. But when Doyle soars though ‘How Great Thou Art” it is so beautiful it brings tears. When his lovely little daughter Haley sings ‘Amazing Grace’ as he backs her up on guitar they flow again. I can’t help it, it is that inspiring. They do country and jazz, and originals, and medleys; I could go on and on; go check them out.
I play music and listen to it because I love it. I see a lot of terrible things in my work; friends with cancer and seizures and heart attacks and death. I do it because I was O.K. at reading books and filling in those little bubbles on standardized tests, and because in my prayers I felt it was what God had in mind for me.
I think God gave me music so I could have a safe place to escape all that reality for just a moment. Doyle Dykes takes me there with his work. For me what he plays is not earthly reality but heaven sent.
I try to catch Doyle and Haley whenever they are in our area. After I listen to them I am inspired to be a Doctor for another year. I like to think that is some small part of why God put them here on earth. When I hear them I know I was meant to be a Doc instead of a musician, and I am always content with the life that was chosen for me. And with their music they forever inspire me to be the best Doc I can be.
They make my burdens easier to carry long after they’ve gone back to Tennessee. Best wishes and safe travels guys. Keep inspiring us.
Doyle Dykes website is: www.doyledykes.com
He travels for Taylor guitars: www.taylorguitars.com
Check out the Doyle Dykes signature model, and next time you see him ask about the white rose inlaid on the headstock of every Doyle Dykes signature Taylor guitar.
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