b. 1972, San Mateo, California, USA. As a young child Dilks took a pastime in music, deciding on playing guitar within a punk rock-band while still in college. Given a assortment of nation music information by an aunt, he prepared to market it but was persuaded not merely to help keep and pay attention to it, but additionally to broaden it. Among performers for whom he provides portrayed admiration, and who’ve occasionally been an impact, are performers from nation and soul, such as for example Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Costs Monroe, Otis Redding, Porter Wagoner and Hank Williams, in addition to guitarists Oscar Aléguy and Django Reinhardt. He was in his past due teenagers before he deserted punk, having in the meantime begun playing within a rockabilly music group. He studied electric guitar with Jim Campilongo, after that formed his very own western swing music group, the Tempo Wranglers, that obtained a following around SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. This music group later on became the Tempo Rustlers and the Visitacion Valley Males. As lead vocalist and guitarist from the second option music group he attracted unique attention. Struggling to play music regular, Dilks worked well as an old-fashioned restorer however in 1997 he as well as the music group were employed to back again Charlie Louvinduring a vacation to the region. In 1999, Dilks authorized with HighTone Information and his debut, Acres Of Heartache, received very high compliment and offered well. Members from the Visitacion Valley Males during this date had been, Brian Godchaux, who was simply in Dilks’ 1st music group (fiddle/mandolin), Paul Wooton (acoustic guitar), Billy Wilson (metal acoustic guitar), Brendan Ryan (bass), and Pat Campbell (drums). Dilks exhibited his knowing of and respect for traditional nation music at the same time when achievement appeared to be attainable only when the music was up to date to support pop and rock and roll along with a gloss that belied the music’s roots.