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Dick Gimble

Dick was born into the musical family of Barbara and Johnny Gimble while his Dad was on the road with Bob Wills. He grew up with the beat of swing and the sound of the sweetest fiddle in country music.

Getting excited about music during his school years in Waco, Dick began playing bass fiddle with Johnny and rock ‘n roll guitar with his buddies. The college years took him to Austin to study Jazz at the University of Texas.

Next there were a few years in Nashville doing some session work and teaching music part time. The seventies were spent recording, teaching and playing with several Austin bands including his own, until an offer came to move back to Waco and teach the music he loves at McLennan College. He now lives in Central Texas with his wife Marilynn and three happening children (Jon Richard, Jeni Re’ and Emily Ann) sharing his knowledge of music and the music business as a professor in the Music Industry Careers Program.

Through the years Dick has been fortunate to record and perform on stage with many of his heroes. First, of course… his Dad, some dates with Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Walt Wilkins, Johnny Bush & Floyd Tillman. He’s on several Austin City Limits episodes backing up Charlie Pride,   Tom T. Hall, Merle Travis and others; 5 times on PBS “Prairie Home Companion” including a show at  the Ryman in Nashville with Allison Krause; even a performance at the Grammy’s in 2008 with Carrie Underwood… a tribute to Bob Wills as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame..

Dick has become a popular instructor at several music camps each summer: Mark O’Connor, Randy Elmore, Live Oak Fiddle Camp, Dave Alexander Big Texas Swing Camp have all invited him to teach his kind of Guitar and Bass playing.

He and his friends continue to play for lots of folks in a variety of occasions in a variety of musical styles.

 

 


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