Music: Dale began his professional musical career directly after high school joining a group of local musicians to form the rock band Wizard. Next came an acoustic project to explore Irish and roots music with the formation of power duo Timbre with Patrick Cutler. From there along with good friend Jim Elkin he went on to form local twin cities band Loose Change which toured the Midwest for 5 years. Vicious Rumor and The Shifters were subsequent projects. In 1984 he began a four year degree working his way through college as a musician. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. His first non-musical job after college was working locally for IDS as a financial planner. When he was transferred to the IDS offices in San Diego California, a friend introduced him to the legendary Beach Boys www.beachboysband.net who offered him employment as a backline technician. He was soon promoted to equipment manger and crew chief. In 1993 he began playing guitar solos in the Beach Boys shows. From 1994 -1995 he appeared with Beach Boys on a regular basis as lead guitarist.
Check out his guitar solo at minute
marker 1:42 -1:47 in this clip from Budokan Arena Tokyo, Japan in 1991. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FdEeK7rErE
From 1994 through 1997 he toured with Mike Love, lead singer of the Beach Boys as guitarist and vocalist.
Dale’s early influences included Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Neil Young, America, Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers, The Byrds, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, John Hartford, Tom Waits, John Mayall and Jerry Jeff Walker. Later on a friend introduced him to the sounds of David Grisman, the Stanley Brothers, Tony Rice, Vasser Clements, the Dillards and Doc Watson. Thus began a prolonged fascination with the origins of Bluegrass and American roots music. In Dale’s sound you will hear a mixture of all the above elements. Dale brings enthusiasm and creativity to his performances blending rock, folk, blues and bluegrass into unique exciting shows.
Dale now divides his time between his family and his current bands the Zebra Mussels www.thezebramussels.com, Irish bluegrass and folk duo Timbre Creek, as well as several other duo configurations, all of which can be seen on the bands page. Dale plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin.