Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Jazz, New Age, Pop
A one-time preacher who has logged long hours onstage at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry backing country graybeards such as Grandpa Jones (Hee Haw), Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, Doyle Dykes is a skilled ... more »
A one-time preacher who has logged long hours onstage at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry backing country graybeards such as Grandpa Jones (Hee Haw), Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, Doyle Dykes is a skilled acoustic guitarist who integrates elements of folk, classical, pop, gospel, and jazz into likeable, refined instrumental works. Popular in Europe, Dykes leans far more heavily on structure and melody (and less on introspection and experimentation) than other fingerpickering proponents in the Windham Hill fraternity, most notably Michael Hedges and Alex de Grassi. Dykes's sound, in comparison, is almost entirely different; it offers a cozier, sweeter savor, though it exudes a level of sophistication and complexity that elevates his tunes a notch above typical easy-listening fare. The Jacksonville, Florida, native wisely soft-shoes his overtly spiritual instincts and instead delivers an agreeable, densely chorded package that can easily appeal to secular ears. Highlights: Dykes's thoughtful interpretation of "The Lord's Prayer," the homey panache of "Nothing's Too Good for a Friend," and the earnest, finger-flying energy heard on "Angel's Desire." --Terry Wood
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Lottie U. from JACKSONVILLE, FL
Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
Awesome guitar player.... even better in person.
"...when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life."
Soaring Heart | 07/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"taken from Proverbs 13:12 (Amplified.) Doyle Dykes is a very special artist you should hear. His acoustic guitar playing resonates his joyful heart. It's so hard to express in words how his music makes me feel! I just wish the whole world could hear it! With each listen, my heart feels uplifted beyond comprehension. You're missing out if you haven't heard Doyle.
This is his debut and I'm blown away. Each and Every song is like a precious gift, for each listener. I know you will be touched by his "flawless technique" and "heartfelt passion." Each song builds on the former getting better and better, expanding into dizzying heights of beauty--I love albums that achieve this as it so Rare. Some of my favorite songs are: "The Road Back Home," "Caleb's Report," "Shadows of the Heart," and definitely his lovely rendition of "The Lord's Prayer." [This song was sung at my wedding and it's always been in my heart since that day. I enjoy singing it often to my daughter before bedtime.] "Angel's Desire" and "The Visitation" complete the musical feast of the ears, heart, mind and soul.
In his dedication, Doyle thanks his family (wife Rita, and four children) for their encouragement and inspiration in his music. And expresses his love and gratitude. But he goes on..."I also dedicate this album to the giver of life and music...our Creator and Lord. At age eleven, I became a believer in Christ, and I wanted to do something "special" for Him. The desire to play guitar came to me as real as the sun rising on a fresh spring morning. That desire has never left me. I still love to play."
May we all pursue our God given desires for they are Holy and will always guide us on the path of excellence and joy. o8E
carolyn Erickson | Des Moines, IA. United States | 07/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Doyle Dykes is a guitar player supreme, but this CD gave me some dissapointment. After whatching Doyle on the Grand Old Opry I thought maybe this CD would have some real down home pickin, but It doesn't. I would prefer to hear him play some real hard knockin traditional music which he is so outstanding at."