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Dale Thomas (AKA Dusty Chaps)

Dale Thomas “Dusty Chaps” – (Guitar, bass, dobro, pedal steel, mandolin, and drums)

Dusty Chaps is a Showman…especially in the field of Country, Swing, & Comedy’. His talents were developed doing Radio and stage shows early in life in Buffalo, New York. Dusty is very entertaining on stage with his ability to front a band…communicate with his audience..and keep listeners eyes & ears focused on his excellent guitar playing.

Dale has toured nationally with such musical luminaries as..5-time ‘Entertainer of the Year’ & Grammy Award winner Roy Clark, Blues Great Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, RCA’s Gary Stewart (session & live performance), Johnny Rodriguez, Eddie Rabbit, Gene Watson, Capitol Record’s Artist Larry Ballard and Hee Haw’s ‘The Round Mound of Sound’ Kenny Price. Dale has apeared On P.B.S.’s “Austin City Limits” Backing Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown. He has performed all areas of the United States, Canada, Greenland, and the far east.

I’m a self taught Musican.

I prefer to play: Classic Country but a play all style of music.

I Have written A few songs

I’ve recorded with Ronnie Fray “Put This In your ear” Gary Stewart Demos for “ A Cactus and a Rose” And a bunch of other folks.

dale9207@att.net    (616) 361-9749

Bands:

– The Horse Balls 1960 “Comedy and Music” Dale Thomas Vocals (Lead guitar, vocals) Kenny Davis (Rhythm guitar, vocals)

– The Shadows 1962  “Instrumental Group” Dale Thomas (Lead guitar) Joe Papa (Bass) Dino Simmons (Drums) Chuck Legatuta (Sax) Jim Greger (Rhythm guitar)

– The Pioneers 1967 “Varity Band” Dale Thomas (Lead guitar, vocals) Mickey Becktel (Drums) Wally Webber (Bass)

– R’ale 1972 “Varity Band” Ron Fray (Guitar, vocals) Dale Thomas (Bass, vocals) Randy Panda (Drums)

– The flat natural born good timin band 1980 “Comedy and Outlaw Country Music” Dale Thomas (Lead guitar, vocals) Chuck “Bob” Carnes (Bass, vocals)

– The Dusty Chaps Band 1988-2012 “Comedy and  Music”  We were the back up band for Larry Ballard, Ronnie Fray,  and Chuck “Bob”  Carnes just to name a few

Dale Thomas (Guitar, vocals) Tom Davis (Drums, vocals) Ron Williams (Bass, vocals) Mike “Woody” Woodhull (Dobro, vocals) Ron Lawerance (Pedal Steel)

The newest members are:

Ed Francisco (Keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Nelson “Woody” Wood (Pedal Steel, dobro)

– The Yesterpickers  1996 “Varity Band” Sparky Harris (Guitar, vocals) Dale Thomas (Guitar, vocals) Teresa Hayner (Bass, vocals) Kristy Ramsy (Drums, vocals)

The Yesterpickers at The Highlander in Allendale MI This was a Fun Band. Check out the ending!? Click on link below:

youtube.com/watch?v=nE-WBSuAFUc

Other Links:

(Dusty Chaps Custom Guitars)

s1183.photobucket.com

Here’s a Link to my site with My guitar page

http://musicians-home.ning.com/profile/dustychaps

http://musicians-home.ning.com/photo/albums/dusty-chaps-guitars

Dale's trio "Dale Thomas and The Pioneers" from 1967.
Dale's trio "Dale Thomas and The Pioneers" from 1967.
Big Al Vandetti, Dale Thomas, John Brown
Big Al Vandetti, Dale Thomas, John Brown
LARRY BALLARD - W. DALE AND FRAY
LARRY BALLARD - W. DALE AND FRAY
Dale Thomas Vocals Lead guitar Mickey Becktel drums Wally Webber Bass
Dale Thomas Vocals Lead guitar Mickey Becktel drums Wally Webber Bass
Honky Tonk Reunion Fun
Honky Tonk Reunion Fun
Ron Fray-Dale Thomas-Bob Riely
Ron Fray-Dale Thomas-Bob Riely
Ed Buchanan and Dale Thomas
Ed Buchanan and Dale Thomas
Yesterpickers: Treasa Hayner, Dale Thomas, Kristie Enerson, Sparky Harris
Yesterpickers: Treasa Hayner, Dale Thomas, Kristie Enerson, Sparky Harris
The Dusty Chaps Band: Tommy Davis, Eddie Francisco, Dale Thomas
The Dusty Chaps Band: Tommy Davis, Eddie Francisco, Dale Thomas
Dale Thomas on cover of Frontear Country
Dale Thomas on cover of Frontear Country
George had a couple of hits in the sixties. He also had an entire Gordon Lightfoot songs album. In this photo, he is reading a music mag. with a picture of my buddy Dale 'Dusty'Thomas on the cover. Cool 'r what! Ronnie Fray
Ron Was the First steel guitar player in the Dusty Chaps band. (RIP)
Ron Was the First steel guitar player in the Dusty Chaps band. (RIP)
Dale Thomas and Bob Vogel in some younger years
Dale Thomas and Bob Vogel in some younger years
Denny G- Tom G- Charles Kirt- Earl Oats- Dale Thomas
Denny G- Tom G- Charles Kirt- Earl Oats- Dale Thomas
Ron Williams Dusty Chaps Tom Davis
Ron Williams Dusty Chaps Tom Davis
R.C.A's Gary Stewart Playing Slide and Dale Thomas Playing Bass
R.C.A's Gary Stewart Playing Slide and Dale Thomas Playing Bass
Mickey Bechtel Played drums for The Pioneers 1967
Mickey Bechtel Played drums for The Pioneers 1967
Jay Round, Tom Hagen, Dale Thomas
Jay Round, Tom Hagen, Dale Thomas
Dusty Chaps and Ron Fray
Dusty Chaps and Ron Fray
The Dusty Chaps Band - Dale Thomas (Lead guitar, vocals) Nelson Wood (Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Harp) Ron Williams (Bass) Tom Davis (Drums)
The Dusty Chaps Band - Dale Thomas (Lead guitar, vocals) Nelson Wood (Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Harp) Ron Williams (Bass) Tom Davis (Drums)
Ron Fray - Hal Beverage - Clay Highly - Dale Thomas 1971
Ron Fray - Hal Beverage - Clay Highly - Dale Thomas 1971
Dale Thomas and new axe
Dale Thomas and new axe
When Dale had hair
When Dale had hair
Dale Thomas with the Legends
Dale Thomas with the Legends
Dale Thomas on a Tele-Master
Dale Thomas on a Tele-Master
Dusty Chaps Band 1
Dusty Chaps Band 1
Dusty Chaps Band 2
Dusty Chaps Band 2
Dusty Chaps Band 3
Dusty Chaps Band 3
Dusty Chaps Band 4
Dusty Chaps Band 4
Dusty Chaps Band 5
Dusty Chaps Band 5
Dusty Chaps Band 6
Dusty Chaps Band 6
Dusty Chaps Band 7
Dusty Chaps Band 7
Dusty Chaps Album Cover
Dusty Chaps Album Cover

 

Comedy song “The Pretender”   (YouTube)

Roy Clark and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on Austin City limits T.V. show in 1981.
Backed By Dale Thomas on Bass, Tom Davis on Drums,
Cal Freeman on Steel guitar, Ron Fray on Rythrm Guitar and Harp, Garland on keyboards.

Roy Clark and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown “The Pretender” YouTube (5:28)

Dale Thomas – Canadiana – Old Crystal Beach Boat My Dad was the pilot of this ship

Natchez Trace T-Shirt 1988 c. Gift from Dale Thomas to Bill Clifton. Collectors dream! (L-R) John Andrews, Steve Damstra, Ronn Burke, (bottom) Tom Dever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hysterical’s Musician of the Week -12/9/2012 – 12/24/2012

2 Responses to Dale Thomas (AKA Dusty Chaps)

  1. Paul Magnan says:

    Glad to see my Bro-in-Law recognized for his contribution to West Michigan..I think he’s playing more now, than he ever was. Great picker, and loves to engage the audience..

  2. Dale Thomas says:

    The Yesterpickers at The Highlander in Allendale MI This was a Fun Band. Check out the ending!?
    Dale Thomas – Guitar and Vocals
    Sparky Harris – Guitar and? Vocals
    Teresa Hayner – Bass and Vocals
    Kristy Ramsy – Drums and Vocals

    youtube.com/watch?v=nE-WBSuAFUc

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