Dale Brittain grew up amidst the cotton fields and dairy farms near Fallston in western North Carolina. His father was a bluegrass fan and Dale’s first musical memory is hearing Flatt & Scruggs on some old 78’s his dad had.
Dale took up guitar at the age of eight but it was when he first heard James Taylor in 1969 that he became inspired to write his own material. Many years and many bad songs later he wrote his first “keeper”, a song called Homecoming, which was written while he was in the Navy.
In the late 70’s, Dale became involved the local bluegrass music scene in Shelby, NC and eventually joined a progressive bluegrass band called Smokin’ Grass. They were together for about two years on the never-ending tri-county tour.
Since leaving Smokin’ Grass in 1980, Dale has been a solo artist. He has played the River Rat Pub in Lake Wylie SC since 1992, which coincidentally, is the longest job of any kind he has ever held.