IROCKU student, Dylan James Shaw, has been named the ‘Blues Kid of the Year’ by the Chicago Blues Kid Foundation.
Congratulations Dylan James!!!
Dylan James started with IROCKU about a year ago. Dylan James had been playing keyboard since he was 3 and has a very good ear so he already came to IROCKU as an advanced player for his age. Along with working on the IROCKU video lessons, Dylan James has been taking zoom lessons with Chuck, Rory Stuart, and Bruce Katz. Chuck has taught Dylan some of his personal blues techniques while Rory has shown Dylan James how to play complex rhythm patterns. Dylan James has also been taking weekly zoom lessons with Bruce Katz. Bruce’s connection with Dylan has been magical. Bruce has helped Dylan to find his own personal groove which is a remarkable achievement for a 14 year old. It can take years of practice and playing with others to develop a groove. It rarely comes at this young age.
The IROCKU catalog is tailor made for Dylan James’ style. He now plays “Rockin Pneumonia”(thank you Cary and Collin!) as his go to song. We’re all excited to hear what he will do with “Jessica” and the Professor Longhair pieces.
A note for the guitar players in the crowd; Brandon “Taz” Niederauer won the ‘Blues Kid of the Year’ award a few years back.