• Alyssa Ramsey


NASHVILLE, TN – June 4, 2021 - Making music for a new generation of country music fans pretty much sums up how Statesboro, Georgia native and Play It Again Entertainment’s newest rising artist Dylan Marlowe sees his spot in the industry. Marlowe moved to Nashville in 2019 to begin networking and building relationships with the rich Nashville songwriting community just before the global pandemic hit. The resilient young artist did not let that stop him as he tapped into those relationships and began working even harder at creating a collection of songs for his own record. One of the results of his tenacity was his country rewrite of the Olivia Rodrigo hit, “Driver’s License,” which blew up on TikTok quadrupling his followers across all of his socials, the YouTube video of his performance is already nearing one million views. Marlowe is giving all of his new fans and followers what they have been asking for – more music. He is releasing two new songs TODAY “All About It,” co-written by Marlowe, Kyle Fishman and Billy Montana; “Where I Come From,” co-written by Marlowe, Abram Dean and Jason Massey, as well as the recording of his rewrite of “Driver’s License,” originally co-written by Rodrigo and Daniel Nigro. Click HERE to listen/purchase “All About It,” “Where I Come From” and “Driver’s License.” “This town has all sorts of incredible talent,” says Play It Again Music Group founder Dallas Davidson. “But Dylan has that ‘can’t be taught drive’ and work ethic, along with a clear vision for who he is and what kind of music he wants to make. He’s got magic!” About Dylan Marlowe Statesboro, Georgia and is bursting with pride since native son Dylan Marlowe has become the newest rising star in Nashville’s country music scene. The former youth baseball player has found his sweet spot in the format by blending traditional themes and sensibilities with a subtle touch of contemporary production to create a sound that hits a home run with longtime country fans, as well as newer listeners. Drawing from influences like Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Cody Johnson, along with the rock music he heard his dad’s band play, Dylan is carving out his own creative niche that he’s filling with music that fans will readily identify with the name Dylan Marlowe. Statesboro, Georgia native — the home of Georgia Southern University - who boasts Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Tony Arata as alumnus. Surprisingly, it wasn’t those country singers and songwriters that propelled Dylan towards a career in music. In fact, he was all baseball, all the time as a young man. “That’s all we did,” he laughs. Spring, summer, fall, even winter it was just baseball, baseball, baseball. I didn’t really have time for anything else.” While Dylan wasn’t immersed in music, he was exposed to it. His dad played drums in a Christian rock band, but that was it. It took his friend, Colin, inheriting a guitar from his grandfather and learning to play “Wagon Wheel” in three days that flipped the switch. A senior in high school, Dylan took a spare guitar from his buddy, had new strings put on it and learned some songs on his own. Then he and Colin began swapping licks, and a passion was born. “It hit me that a lot of country songs you could play with the same chords if you learn to transpose,” he says. “That’s when I started writing songs and that’s when it bit me really hard.” Dylan began building a catalog of original material. But he also discovered he could perform his own songs…and maybe melt a few hearts. After performing Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” at his high school baccalaureate ceremony, his female classmates gave him their seal of approval. Fortunately, he did have an inside track into how it really works. One of his Statesboro buddies, Trea Landon, had already made the jump to Nashville signing with multi-hit writing songwriter Dallas Davidson’s Play It Again Music Group. While in Statesboro for a weekend, he stopped by an open mic night at Loco’s where he heard Dylan perform. Although his family had their own construction business, where Dylan spent his breaks from Georgia Southern, his parents were supportive of their son’s musical ambitions. “Neither of my parents went to college, and I think they were hoping I’d be the first one to go through college, but they didn’t hesitate when I told them I wanted to do. I remember telling my dad and he said, ‘Well, if you’re gonna do it, there’s no point in spending money or trying to go to college if you’re going to sit in class and write songs.’” With that endorsement, Dylan made his way to Nashville and connected with Trea again who introduced him to Davidson and his Play It Again team. Dylan’s drive and initiative, along with his evolving and improving songwriting was enough to make Dallas want to make Dylan a part of his Play It Again roster, and he continued to write and record songs for his own record. Although Dylan hasn’t really studied the gifted songwriters of Nashville, which may be how he’s created his own unique sound, he does count songwriters like Kenny Chesney and Eric Church who evoke feelings of nostalgia as inspirations for what he wants to do. “You can write a song to listen to in the truck with the windows down that feels good, but I think that when you hear a song and it puts you in a spot,” he muses. “I just know listening to Eric’s stuff and how much one of his songs can put me back in a memory, I wanted to make people feel that way. I still do.”

Photo credit: Matthew Berinato

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