"If I like a song, I'll play it," says Dylan. " And there are a lot of songs I like." Whether he's opening for acts like Mark Chestnut, Chance McKenny, and Kutless, or playing in an intimate setting at a small venue, Dylan James brings an easy manner, earnest vocals, and thoughtful guitar playing with him. To hear him performing faithful renditions of blues, country, rock, pop, and contemporary standards is to be immersed in "The Dylan James Show" experience.
Born in Santa Ana, California, in 1973, Dylan was introduced to many styles of music from a young age. At three years old, he was given a child's guitar and turned loose to entertain family friends and relatives. "The first song I really remember was Elvis' `Blue Suede Shoes.' One day my father and I were driving in his truck and that song came on. Dad pulled over and made me listen to it. He felt it was important for me to hear." That early exposure to classic country, rockabilly, and barebones rock and roll have influenced Dylan's singing and playing to this day.
As a 12 year-old 7th grader, he sang Townes Van Zandt's "Talking Karate Blues," and won first place in his school talent show. The next year, he followed up with a rendition of "Hoochie-Coochie Man," which won him another award. That same enthusiasm for entertaining has stayed with him as his style and playlist has evolved and expanded.
For some time now, he's been winning over large and small crowds with tunes by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Eagles, Tom Petty, and many more. "I've performed in bands, as a solo artist, and also as a song stylist, playing my own original music," smiles Dylan, "But these days I really have a lot of fun just playing cover tunes." And his sense of enjoyment shows when he's on stage playing a blues chord progression or inviting the audience to sing along to a favorite by Neil Diamond.
Whether you want to book an opening act for your touring band or trying to provide a certain musical ambience to a small club, if you're looking for a musician who's as engaging as he is talented, contact Dylan at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on YouTube or Facebook. And then find out for yourself what "The Dylan James Show" is all about.