A native of Stoughton Wisconsin, James moved with his family to the East Coast where he learned to play the guitar and sing while in high school. It was during this time that he first heard Led Zeppelin.
Dylan went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts at The School of Visual Arts in New York and began performing music professionally.
In 1997 Dylan began his career with a Political Consulting firm outside of Washington DC.
In May of 2007 Dylan first recorded videos of himself performing Led Zeppelin music acoustically and posted them on YouTube for his girlfriend Averelle.
In April of 2008 Dylan enlisted Japanese guitarist and YouTube contributor, Jun626, in effort to create videos with a more complete instrumentation of Led Zeppelin's sound. The band they assembled, Virtual Zeppelin, consisted of musicians from Japan, The United States and Canada. Each member recorded themselves remotely performing Zeppelin compositions in synch with one another onto video for distribution on YouTube. The resulting videos were viewed by hundreds of thousands of YouTubers. Included among those who watched were members of Led Zeppelin.
In February 2009 Jason Bonham and James Dylan began working together in what would become Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. "Jason had seen videos of me with Virtual Zeppelin. He contacted me to share his ideas about putting together a show where he would perform his father's music and tell stories of what Led Zeppelin meant to him from the unique perspective of being the son of John Bonham during Led Zeppelin's ascent to the top and later living the dream of playing with Led Zeppelin himself."
In 2010 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience performed 30 shows commemorating the 30th anniversary of John Bonham's passing.
In 2011 James and Averelle Dylan were married in a small ceremony with family and friends in the outlying hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In December of 2012 the surviving members of Led Zeppelin were awarded at the 35th Kennedy Center Honors. The evening's high point featured legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart performing the Led Zeppelin anthem Stairway to Heaven with Jason Bonham joining them on Drums.
In the Summer of 2013 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience joined forces with Heart for the Heartbreaker Tour celebrating the music of Led Zeppelin.