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Dale Keys



His songs are the work of a man grappling with the difficult (and ultimately unanswerable) questions.  No easy platitudes, no moralistic bunko.  Just the honest observations of a talented artist.                                                                                                                                                                    David Olney

About Dale 

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Dale Keys reached a milestone as a songwriter with Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien recording Dale’s song “Five Miles In” on his solo project “He Walked On”.  O'Brien also performed the song live on NPR's "Mountain Stage" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the La Roche Festival in France, and the Kate Wolf Festival.  The song also garnered Dale a mention in "American Songwriter" magazine.  

Dale grew up in tiny Webster, Kentucky, and discovered the music of Chet Atkins early on.  His love of Chet’s unique finger-style guitar led Dale to discover the music of the Carter Family and other Americana legends.  


Moving to Nashville for a year and a half, Dale soon excelled in the songwriting community and recorded an album of original songs with some of his musical heroes.  He was invited to host his own Writers-In-The-Round shows at the Bluebird Café, along with Tim O’Brien and mandolin great Sam Bush. Dale was also a featured guest of producer Jim Rooney at Nashville's Station Inn, and with Tim O’Brien on “The Songwriters Series”, recorded live on Nashville’s NPR affiliate, WPLN. 

Dale has shared the stage with Tim, Guy Clark, Suzy Bogguss, David Bromberg, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Michael Martin Murphy, and Sam Bush.  He lives in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with his lovely wife Kim, son Logan, and his bird dog Hawkeye. 
Photo credit Jim McGuire


All songs copyright Dale Keys,  ASCAP
Leavin' Train feat. Stuart DuncanDale Keys
00:00 / 04:16
Upside Down Lincoln feat. Sam Bush Dale Keys
00:00 / 03:53
Tucson Too SoonDale Keys
00:00 / 03:38
Five Miles In feat. Tim O'BrienDale Keys
00:00 / 03:32
Over You - feat. Lloyd GreenDale Keys
00:00 / 03:51
He's My DogDale Keys
00:00 / 02:42
No More Rainy Days feat. Richard BennettDale Keys
00:00 / 03:31
Pot of GoldDale Keys
00:00 / 03:53
This Old Guitar Dale Keys
00:00 / 03:13
I Knew I'd Be Singin'g This SongDale Keys
00:00 / 03:55
Pheasant Crest Ridge Dale Keys
00:00 / 03:06
MemphisDale Keys
00:00 / 04:50
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