Hometown: Jefferson, GA
Instruments: Guitar, Harmonica
Dream Duets: Travis Tritt
Growing up in Jackson County, GA, Dustin Wilkes always knew he wanted to be a country music singer/songwriter. Dustin began singing and playing guitar at the age of 11, and in high school he started writing his own songs. In 1999, Dustin decided to join the Marines and served for five years.
While in the USMC, Dustin volunteered his time to the Toys for Tots organization and was inspired to write the song "One Toy at a Time." This song was used in the Toys for Tots National campaign.
Dustin's musical influences include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams, Jr. Dustin has been a two time regional finalist in the Colgate Country Showdown. Since moving to Nashville, he has been playing his brand of outlaw country at the world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, and spends his down time writing new music.
FUN FACTS ON DUSTIN WILKES
What is the first album you ever purchased?
What's on your playlist?
Lynard Skynard's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Hank Williams Jr.'s "Born to Boogie."
Describe your fantasy vacation...
Going to Venice with my girlfriend.
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
Joined the Marine Corps.
What three things couldn't you live without?
The stage, the guitar, the crowd.
What bad movie do you love most?
"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man."
What's your pet peeve?
People asking whether I realize how hard this business is?
What is the best adjective used to describe you?
Extreme, intense, passionate.
What are you afraid of?
Growing old and feeling I did not try my best.
Who is your hero?
What is your favorite song to sing at Karaoke?
Travis Tritt's "Trouble."
What's the most embarrassing song on your iPod?