Dale Keys
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Dale Keys

Boise, Idaho, United States

Boise, Idaho, United States
Band Americana Folk


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"Go out in Nashville and, as Keys did, you can meet and make friends with Barry and Holly Tashian, who produced his debut, David Olney, who contributed a liner note, and Mary Gauthier, who both inspired his move from Boise to Nashville and co-wrote "Empty Spaces" with him. With the Tashians making the calls, the backings, featuring Sam Bush mandolin, Lloyd Green pedal steel and Richard Bennett guitar, are, of course, immaculate, but it's very much Keys's show. Straddling Americana and honkytonk, his slow and easy delivery draws you in to his songs, then the words hold you."
- 3rd Coast Music Magazine

"Dale's songs sneak up on you -- like a slow ride down a lazy river. You get there before you know it." - Tim O'Brien Songs


One self-titled CD with Sam Bush, Lloyd Green, Richard Bennett, Stuart Duncan, Kenny Malone, Dennis Crouch, and Dan Dugmore.



Dale Keys left his home in Boise, Idaho, for a flight to Nashville in early December of 2002. His voice, guitar style, and Americana-based songwriting soon caught the attention of the local songwriting community, including Tim O'Brien and producer Jim Rooney.

At the Bluebird Café, he met singer and guitarist Barry Tashian, longtime member of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. After hearing Dale's demo, Barry Tashian rounded up some of Nashville's best studio cats, including Sam Bush, Lloyd Green, and Stuart Duncan, to produce Dale's debut.

Dale's first performances in Nashville were as a guest of producer Jim Rooney and with Tim O'Brien at the Bluebird. Dale regularly hosted his own songwriter rounds at the Bluebird, with guests Jon Pennel (from Union Station), Sam Bush, and Julie Lee, among others. He was also featured on the NPR affiliate WPLN "Songwriter Sessions" as a guest of Tim O'Brien.

Dale's self titled debut CD was released in March of 2003 and continues to receive airplay on independent and college stations around the world.