Fingerstyle phenom shares what’s behind that flawless technique
By Jon Liebman
February 21, 2017
Born into a musical family in Jacksonville, FL, Doyle Dykes is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, widely lauded for his distinct “piano-esque” approach to finger style technique. Doyle’s first musical influences came out of the church, where he spent his formative years. He also was inspired by everyone from Chet Atkins and Duane Eddy to the Beatles and many others.
Throughout the course of his brilliant career, Doyle has performed in theatres and churches, as well as at bluegrass festivals and major conventions across the globe, in addition to several appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. The list of artists with whom Doyle has shared the stage includes Les Paul, Peter Frampton, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill and Grandpa Jones.
Dykes has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions over the years, including having been honored with a brick in the Wall of Fame at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, and twice being named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the International Country Gospel Music Association (which subsequently inducted Dykes into ICGMA Hall of Fame). His popular albums include H.E.A.T., Gitarre 2000 and Songs of Faith and Freedom.
FGPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Doyle at the GHS booth at the 2017 winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
Watch our interview with Doyle!