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The Dylan Ortega Band’s Country Soul

The Teen and His Band Buck New Country, Like Classic Sound

Thursday, October 8, 2015

by RICHIE DEMARIA 

Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara County’s ears first perked up to the sound of Buellton teen Dylan Ortega, age 16, when he competed in Santa Barbara’s Teen Star, but he’s distancing himself from the competitive circuit now. “Everybody was phenomenal, and I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to name one person as Santa Barbara’s one star when there’s such a wide range of talent with every genre,” he said.

Get to know Ortega, and it’s clear his humility and grace are of a caliber uncommon for teens. His father raised him until a fatal heart attack struck while the two vacationed in Wyoming, when the 13-year-old Ortega had to drive his father to a hospital. The tragedy forced the Santa Ynez native into an early maturity, but it’s that old soul, channeled through a voice of gold, which helps make Ortega so appealing. 

Not swayed by the pickup-truck-and-girls lyrical trends of modern country, Ortega and his band harken to the sounds of yesteryear. “The older country resonates with me more. It tells a story,” he said. He upholds courtesy and mutual respect as some of his chief values and feels that respect shared between neighbors and strangers has been largely lost to the mistrustful modern times. He finds his solace in the open dirt roads of the country, far from any urban bustle. (“Even Santa Barbara’s too big a city for me,” he said.)

Ortega does have his sights set on the big stages of Nashville someday, but for now he is feeling “really lucky” to have a great band to work with — they are currently writing their next single and hope to play in a few county fairs and festivals in the upcoming year. Though Ortega has already had greater setbacks and challenges than most his age, the future looks bright for the big-hearted boy from Buellton and his band. 

Honky Tonk Christmas benefit raises $1,000 for Lompoc Food Pantry and the Certain Sparks Foundation

The inaugural Honky Tonk Christmas benefit Dec. 3 raised over $1,000 for Lompoc Food Pantry and the Certain Sparks Foundation, which provides instruments and lessons to children who can't afford them.

The event, held at Peace Lutheran Church in Lompoc, was sponsored by the church and Radio KTNK (1410 AM).

Station owner Mike Day opened the show with his band Too Little Too Late and was followed by Heart of Texas Records recording artist Justin Trevino, who flew in from Brady, Texas to participate in the festivities.

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Musician Charlie McNeal, of Arroyo Grande, took part; local favorites Dead Zed's Chopper delivered a high-energy set of rockabilly; and featured artist Dylan Ortega and his band closed the show with songs from his upcoming album, recorded in Nashville. 

 

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