Dylan Charles was so excited when he got his first guitar at age thirteen, he started
waking up extra early so he could jam a few chords before catching the bus to school. Only two
years later he was gigging professionally in his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI. Through the jazz
program at Community High School he shared the stage with artists such as The Lincoln Center
Jazz Sextet and Christian McBride and toured jazz festivals throughout the midwest and Canada.
In 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laudi with a degree in jazz guitar from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While in attendance he taught private music lessons
and made several records with original music projects.
Currently performing with multiple bands in New York City, Dylan spent the last five
years in Bisbee, AZ where he taught bass at Cochise Community College, created a rock band
program at the local high school, performed regionally with funk, blues, country, rock and indie
bands as well as his own group The Border Crossers, and toured nationally as a solo artist. He
has performed at festivals such as South By Southwest (Austin, TX), Tucson Folk Festival
(Tucson, AZ), and Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH), and shared the stage with artists
such as Grammy nominated blues icon John Hammond and Texas guitar virtuoso Junior Brown.
He was nominated in 2012 for a Tucson TAMMIE music award in the category of Best Folk
Performance and his albums have been featured multiple times as “Local Pick-of-the-Week” on
91.3 KXCI Tucson Community Radio. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded, performed
and co-produced records with award winning artists including Tucson bluegrass outifit The
Dusty Buskers, and San Francisco songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine.
Dylan rocking with his band, On The Sun!