Hometown singer/songwriter Dylan Robinson's face can now be seen in local WalMart stores.
Robinson, whose stage name is Dylan Scott, is presently touring with FLW, the world’s premier tournament fishing organization and will perform at multiple Walmart FLW Tour events in 2013. His five-song debut CD is available exclusively at WalMart and his single, “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy," is available on iTunes
The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons: “It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22 year old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”
Take, for example, “Turn Rows”, a perfect nugget of spirited rural fun and youthful enterprise in the cornfields. Or “Grandaddy’s Gun”, which captures the rite of passage for a boy who grows-up bonding with the men who teach him the ways of the woods.
“There’s a spiritual quality to hunting,” shares this avid outdoorsman, talking about his favorite pastime. “I usually sit in the stand by myself. It’s nice and quiet. You don’t hear anything but wind and birds. You watch the sun come up. It’s a peaceful thing.”
The 22-year-old Bastrop native is signed to Sidewalk Records, a division of Curb Records, in Nashville. Along with the FLW tour, Scott, along with brother Logan, is currently on a nationwide radio tour.
Scott is not a stranger to music or performing in front of an audience. He has been around gospel music and musicians all of his life. His father, Scotty Robinson, performed for years with country legend Freddy Hart and also with Freddy Fender.
The Robinson musical roots go back further than one generation. Scotty’s uncle, L.L. Robinson and his daughters, Linda and Rita, along with Janet Downey and Tony Brown had a gospel group called the Robinettes in the late ‘60s. Linda went on to play for the Spear Family, The Blackwoods and The Stamps.
Aunt Marie Jarvis was also well-known in the gospel community. She played piano for JD Sumner and the Stamps and often entertained the Florida Boys and the Happy Goodmans at her home on the Crossett Highway. A few years before her death, she was awarded the Pioneer Award for her piano style in Southern Gospel Music.
“It was nothing for us to go see Aunt Marie and have a tour bus parked in her yard,” said Scotty.
When Linda, who taught at the Stamps School of Music, returned to Bastrop, she brought Tony Brown with her. He was a piano student and she saw the potential he had. Brown went on to play piano for Elvis Presley and then became a music record producer for George Strait, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn.
Scotty says his aunts heard him play when he was a little boy and got him into gospel music; he started playing country later on and moved to Nashville, where he eventually played for Hart and Fender.
“Because I have been around music my whole life, I knew pretty early that Dylan had something special,” said Scotty. “I taught him to sing ‘Do Lord’ when he was about two and a half, and he was on-key and loud even then.”
Scotty went on to teach Dylan popular songs like “I Like My Women Just a Little on the Trashy Side” and “Chatahoochie.”
Dylan continued to sing and while in high school, joined the gospel trio “Eleventh Hour” and traveled throughout the South. He left the group to pursue his dream; he has performed at the Louisiana Hayride and with many Grand Ole Opry members and won the local Colgate Country Music Showdown in 2007.
As a senior at Bastrop High School, Dylan wrote a song to perform at the annual talent show. “Strop City Thang” became the class song, which Dylan performed on class night.
To follow Scott or for more information, go to www.dylanscottmusic.com or follow him on twitter at DylanScottCntry.