Born and raised in the "Cowboy State" Wyoming, Dale's musical talents were starting to shine at an early age. Coming from a large family was a very influential part of my musical beginnings. It seemed as if almost all my brothers and sisters (6 of us in all) had some kind of unique artistic ability. Don't get me wrong we were no Partridge family, but we had a few talented musicians in the bunch. I remember listening to my dad play piano and accordion when I was very very young, but I don't think he influenced me very much. I think it was more the Beatles and Chubby Checker when I was five or six years old. From then on I would absorb any and all of the musical styles that I heard, which where abundantly emerging at the time during the 60's and 70's. But listening was all I did, none of my family (i.e. "parents") had encouraged me to play an instrument. I had dabbled with the harmonica, but soon lost interest.
Then one day when I was about twelve years old, I was visiting a friend Steve, who just happened to have a drum set. I asked him if I could give it a try, which of course he said "Go ahead, man." Steve watched in amazement, as I instinctively played things, that in his five years of lessons and practicing he couldn't begin to play. He said "you've played drums for a while, haven't you?" To which I said "Nope, first time man!" Any ways, it took me almost two years of beating on the arms of my mom's favorite couch before she realized it was either buy me a set of drums or a new couch (thanks mom)! Needless to say I had found my niche. I started playing professionally at 16, and by the time I was 18 I was gaining notoriety as a versatile, gifted drummer. When I was 19 I received a phone call from "Earthquake" Anderson (former harmonica player for Jesse Collins young). He said "Your sisters says you can play the drums, why don't you bring your kit to the rodeo arena tonight, and jam with us?" Unbeknownst to me we were the opening act for Molly Hatchet, replacing REO SPEEDWAGON who had canceled their appearance. My acquaintance with "Earthquake" led to my eventual meeting with ED Rooney, bassist for such bands as The SkyBoy, Linda Waterfall. We formed the band WAVELENGTH and toured as much, (or little) as possible, in a wonderful Wyoming. In 1980, we made the decision to relocate in Seattle, as the music scene in Wyoming was turning into dust in the wind! Once in Seattle, under the new new title of BLUE PLATE SPECIAL we were well received, and spent the next 7 or 8 years touring the Great N.W.
Since then I have performed and recorded with many of Seattle's top musicians such as: Mark Carlson of Carlson audio and Cory Wheeler, one of Portland's best blues guitarists. I have also played with CRUISE CONTROL, TJ Express, Syn City, Vapor, Mr. Muggy, Rap Group Teemo. and Hot Front Burner, and many otherxs.
I joined forces with Billy Ray & Company back in 1998, and the rest can be read in the pages of history yet unwritten!