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
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/
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) as well as songwriters Dustin James and Jason Carter, 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.
"’Hit The Road’ hit me over the head first on listen – great voice, great melody, great song.” expressed Big Machine Label Group President and CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA.
For the latest updates, follow Waterloo Revival on Twitter or visit WaterlooRevival.com.
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.
JUNE 17, 2014 (AUSTIN, TX) - Austin-based duo Waterloo Revival -- comprised of members George Birge (lead vocals and guitar) and Cody Cooper (guitar and backing vocals) - are gearing up for the release of their latest EP "Living Out Loud". The EP was recorded with producer Ken Tondre at at The Compound Studio in Austin, TX and is due out later this year. Four of the seven tracks are collaborations with Nashville-based songwriter Dustin James, including "Don't Turn It Down", "This Time Around", "What Do I Gotta Do" and the anticipated lead-off single, "Hit The Road".
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.