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
OCTOBER 25, 2014 (OPELOUSAS, LA) - The Dustin James/Kylie Frey collaboration "Me And These 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 has released "Hit The Road" to country radio as the lead single off their new EP "Living Out Loud". Co-written with Dustin James and recorded with Ken Tondre at The Compound Studio in Austin, the feel-good groove is available on iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital retailers. The EP is due out later this year.
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.
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The Dustin James/John King collaboration "Let Your Hair Down" is the first of five tracks included on King's latest EP "Something In The Water". "Something In The Water" marks King's first commercial release since signing with Black River Records -- home to label-mates Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan and Glen Templeton -- earlier this year. JKB fans can also purchase "Let Your Hair Down" and other songs from the EP as ringtones and ringbacks for their smartphone devices.
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.