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Dale Morris

Dale Morris was born in Sanger, Texas, a small town north of Ft. Worth, and won his first fiddling contest in 1967. In 1972 he won his first "Texas State Championship"; he went on to win again in 1973, 1978, and 1979. Over the years, Dale has won several other prestigious contests, among them the "World Championship" (Crockett, Texas) in 1979, the "Super Bowl of Fiddling" in 1979,the "Colorado State Championship" in 1986, and the "Western Open Old Time" in 1990.

He is also called upon to judge many fiddle contests because of his honesty and impartiality. By the early 1970s, Dale was playing with Billy Gray and the Cowtowners. Working in this band afforded Dale the opportunity to work with the likes of Wynn Stewart, Sammi Smith, Johnny Rodriquez, Carl Smith, Leon Rausch, and Red Steagall. By 1975, Dale had moved to Nashville where he became a member of Stonewall Jackson's Minutemen. Dale has also been a member of the Marty Robbins band, Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys, and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. In 1981, Dale was named the 17th member of the legendary Sons of The Pioneers, the group founded by Roy Rogers in the early 1930s. Dale became a full-time music teacher in the early 1990s; he and his wife Tobi now own and operate a teaching studio in Boyd, Texas. He was inducted into the Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame in 2001. We are glad that he can be with us again this year and know you will enjoy Dale's teaching and his sense of humor!

Dale Morris

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