Dillon Sampson of Dolly Shine!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

His name is Dillon Sampson, he plays Bass and sing harmony vocals in Dolly Shine. 

Dillon grew up in a place that means a whole lot to him, Love County, Oklahoma. "I attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas where I studied mainly Bluegrass music. (Where I also attended coincidence. It's a small campus who knows if we ran into each other.)" Dillon was also in the Western Swing ensemble, and fell in love with that genre while attending South Plains.

He played in various country and honky tonk bands outside of school while living in West Texas, and He is very thankful for the time spent out there, it gave me an opportunity to really focus on his craft and figure out what he wanted to do in life, and that is be a professional musician. 

A few of his hobbies are "PRACTICING, can never practice enough. Fishing when the Ole Red is up high enough to wet a line. Watching good bulls buck. I love stock shows, FFA was a huge part of my life in school. But traveling down the road with my best friends in a white van playing music is probably my favorite hobby."

When and why did you start playing? "I got my first guitar at a Bluegrass festival when I was 13, I learned a few chords then it sat in my room for a few years, I didn't get serious until I was 17. I injured my leg fighting bulls that summer, so all I had to do for a couple months was lay on a couch, so I started watching music videos and mimicking what the guys were doing, Watching there hands, making chords like they were. That summer I decided I wanted to be a musician."

Dillon plays the guitar, mandolin, upright & electric bass. Also some dobro and banjo.

What was the first song you learned to play? "the first song I ever learned was Angel Band by The Stanley Brothers. That is still one of my favorite songs."

During his childhood his family really influenced his music! It was really awesome to hear about them. "Well growing up I was surrounded my lots of different musical influences, my grandparents on my dads side influenced me a ton, they listened to lots of Bluegrass and gospel music, they would go from one end of the country to the other traveling to different bluegrass festivals. Oddly enough neither of them played an instrument, they just have a deep love for Bluegrass and in turn I fell in love with it as well. My dad played drums in a country band in the 80's, and he listened to guys like Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Gene Watson, Keith Whitley just to name a few. Then on the other side my mom listed to alot of classic rock... so I was opened up to lots of genres growing up."

Which famous musicians do you admire? "There are so many lol, Tony Rice, J.J. Cale, Edgar Meyer, Jason Isbell, Bob Wills, Vince Gill, Chris Thile, Ryan Adams, Jimmy Martin, Jesse Ed Davis, Bill Monroe, John Fullbright, Joe Carr. I mean I can go on for days, and each one for there own reason."

Which famous musicians have you learned from? "While attending South Plains I had the opportunity to take personal lessons from Joe Carr. He played guitar for one of the biggest bluegrass bands ever called Country Gazette, and has written countless instructional books for Mel Bay. Joe is incredible. The most talented person I have ever met. I learned so much from him, not only about music. When I grow up I want to be Joe Carr!"

What are your fondest musical memories?-"My favorite memory is when I was 17, I went with a friend to his grampaws house to jam some bluegrass, his grampaws name was Charlie Hughes and he knew traditional bluegrass like the back of his hand. I remember being so nervous, and him being as patient and as kind as could be. We jammed all night and he could sing that high tenor bluegrass just as good as Bill or Del. He was a big influence on me."

When asked who is his favorite musicians? He had this to say, "American Aquarium,  Stergill Simpson, Cadillac Sky, The Infamous Stringdusters,  Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire, Reckless Kelly, Jason Isbell,  The Punch Brothers, The Time Jumpers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Hot Rize. Foo Fighters, John Fullbright, Relient K, I could do this all day lol" What a range of awesome bands!

What's your favorite thing about being on the road? "I love traveling around sharing music with people. I like seeing new places, meeting new people. Every time we head out its a new adventure."

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road? "lol there are a few I shouldn't mention, and there are some I don't fully remember. .. next question lol"

Best place to eat while on the road? "Not McDonald's. Lol" I know that's the truth!

What's the best town play in? "Stephenville, Lubbock,  and Fort Worth are my favs. Really anxious to get up to Stillwater as well."

Don't forget to dowload the Dolly Shine EP!

Follow his social media
Instagram is dillonsampson_  
twitter is @SampsonDillon

Thank you Dillon

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart 

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