What They're Saying
I wasn't surprised when I found out Dustin is from around Beaumont, TX. They put singing and writing talent in the water down there and Dustin grew up drinking from that same well.
- Rory Bourke, Hall of Fame Songwriter
Dustin was selected for the exclusive ASCAP GPS Project after being identified as one of the top up-and-coming writers. ASCAP is proud of him and will continue working closely with him toward his creative and professional goals.
- LeAnn Phelan, Sr. Creative Dir. ASCAP Nashville
Look him over. This guy has what it takes.
- Walt Aldridge, Hit Songwriter & Producer
Where It's At
What's Going On
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) - Waterloo Revival shared a milestone moment as they made their Grand Ole Opry debut (9/8). The rising duo – comprised of George Birge and Cody Cooper – introduced themselves to the audience opening with their debut single “Hit The Road,” which details their musical journey from their hometown of Austin to Music City. They also performed the heart-wrenching ballad “That Damn I Didn’t Give" (another Dustin James collaboration) before closing their set with their latest Big Machine Records offering “Bad For You,” which is currently climbing the charts at Country radio.
JUNE 22, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) - iTunes pre-orders for "Dirt Covered Lace", the first official offering from vocal powerhouse and Idol alum Skylar Laine, go live today. Included among the seven tracks is the Dustin James co-write "Mockingbird". Fans can pre-order the ablum via iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1007748339.
JUNE 2, 2015 (AUSTIN, TX) - Road-tested and party-approved Texas foursome Whiskey Rodeo has picked "Old School Cool", a collaboration with Nashville-based songwriter Dustin James, as the lead single off their new album. Fans can check out the video on YouTube and purchase the single via iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/old-school-cool-single/id1000998895
APRIL 28, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) – Singer, songwriter and darling of the Americana music scene, Shantell Ogden, has announced the Dustin James collaboration “As Long As Your Mine” as the seventh track on her latest album, Ghosts in the Field, available today. The album has already been given the 'New and Noteworthy Country’ iTunes stamp of approval and a 5 star rating by the U.K’s Maverick magazine. Ghosts in the Field is available on iTunes and all other major digital retailers. Full review by Maverick Magazine here: http://www.maverick-country.com/cdreviewsmain.asp?pl=824
MARCH 3, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The Dustin James/John King collaboration "Let Your Hair Down" is among five tracks included on King's latest EP, titled "On Your Lips". "On Your Lips" marks King's first commercial release since signing with Black River Records (home to label-mates Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan and Kelsea Ballerini) in late 2013. The EP is available on iTunes and all other major digital retailers. Full story here: http://www.cmchatlive.com/john-king-on-your-lips/
FEBRUARY 20, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) - Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. This week's predictions span the genres of Country, Pop and R&B/Hip Hop with artists Waterloo Revival, Tori Elly and Casey Veggies, respectively.
It was love at first listen. They wrote “Hit the Road” together, and it didn’t take long for any of them to realize it was ‘the one,’ or as Birge puts it: “We all knew it was something special walking out of the room.”
"Hit The Road" enters Billboard Country Airplay this week at No. 60.
JANUARY 8, 2015 (NASHVILLE, TN) - WATERLOO REVIVAL may be new to Nashville, but they are already making their mark on the Country music scene with the release of “Hit the Road,” available now on iTunes. The new duo’s debut single, penned by George Birge (lead vocals and guitar) and Cody Cooper (guitar and backing vocals) with Nashville songwriter Dustin James, is already gaining traction and some new fans through airplay on SiriusXM’s The Highway (channel 56). George and Cody began collaborating on songs together in Austin at the age of fifteen, and ten years later proved that hard work really does pay off. In 2012, Waterloo Revival was born with high-energy live shows and a combination of southern rock influence with just a touch of Nashville polish, creating a uniquely authentic sound.
“We’ve had such a great time performing for the people of Austin but are so excited to take the next step musically with our move to Nashville,” said George. “It is a dream come true to work with Scott and the team at Big Machine. We are so thankful for their support with ‘Hit The Road’ and can’t wait for more fans to hear it." Added Cody, “The love that we have received for the single has been so overwhelming. We’ve worked hard to make music that the fans will enjoy and are excited to share more soon.
OCTOBER 25, 2014 (OPELOUSAS, LA) - The Dustin James/Kylie Frey collaboration "Boots" is Track #1 on the debut album from Louisiana native Kylie Frey. The album - "Cinderella Dreams" - has already enjoyed a limited CD release in Frey's hometown of Opelousas, LA, and is slated for global digital release Dec 2nd. In addition to being a gifted singer and songwriting, Kylie Frey is also a former state rodeo queen and state rodeo champion.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 (AUSTIN, TX) - Emerging country music duo The Rankin Twins have released a lyric video for "Over You Train", the latest track announced on their forthcoming EP "Good Vibes", due out Dec 2nd. The girls, identical twins Amy and April Rankin, co-wrote the uptempo girl-power anthem with Dustin James. Read more about the song, the EP and the Rankin Twins in their recent interview with Nashville Gab here.
MARCH 10, 2014 (AUSTRALIA) - 'Manhunt' is the thumping second single off country rock chick Christie Lamb's debut album 'All She Wrote'. Co-written with Nashville songwriters Dustin James and Bill Diluigi, the album this week enters the ARIA Australian Country Artist Chart at #2 behind Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’. The start to 2014 has been a large one for Christie Lamb with a very successful Tamworth Country Music Festival, a run of Victorian dates, a sold out album launch, a Top 5 single with the album title track ‘All She Wrote’ and a bunch of accolades for the album. “Manhunt” definitely puts Christie Lamb as chief challenger for Australia’s title of #1 female country rock artist. The track is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital retailers. Listen to "Manhunt" here.
OCTOBER 16, 2013 (NASHVILLE, TN) – Two songs by Dustin James and frequent collaborators Nik & Sam were recently featured on the new MTV docu-series "Big Tips Texas". The tracks -- "Bad" and "License Plate" -- were recorded by the emerging duo Nik & Sam earlier this year and showcase their hip, edgy brand of country music. "Big Tips Texas" airs weekly on MTV and follows the lives of a group of fun loving girlfriends who work at the best little honky tonk bar just outside of Dallas, Texas.