|Born in Temple, Texas, Doyle was playing guitar professionally by the time he was 15. Doyle moved to Nashville and learned and mastered the steel guitar.
He first met Jimmy Buffett during the recording of the song ‘Tin Cup Chalice’. Doyle remembers: “The day it was being recorded, Jimmy came to listen. After we finished, he approached me and told me he liked the way I played and that he had just gotten a record deal, and he wanted to use me. Well, I’ve heard that plenty of times before so I just smiled and said,’Sure!’.” It wasn’t long before Jimmy called again and sure enough, he had a deal and wanted Doyle to play on his first album. “The sessions were fun and I feel honored to have been on sessions like ‘Come Monday,’ ‘God’s Own Drunk,’ ‘Great Filling Station Holdup,’ and more. You never know what to expect with Jimmy.”
Doyle also did session work for the likes of Dr. Hook and England Dan and John Ford Coley. But it was country music where Doyle excelled. In the 80’s, he was a finalist as the “Instrumentalist of Year” at the CMA’s awards. He played on dozens of hits for Randy Travis, Dan Seals, Reba McIntire, and George Jones just to name a few.
Jimmy invited Doyle to go on the road and tour with him after finishing up the “Beach House on the Moon” recording. “Jimmy called me at the house one day and asked if I would be interested in playing with the Coral Reefers,” Doyle remembers. “It didn’t take me long to make a decision on that!”