Dale Morris Jr. 2012


Dale Morris Jr.
Inducted 2013

Dale Morris Jr. was born November 13, 1965, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Dale Morris Sr. and the late Anita J.
Hardgrave. He currently resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. He began playing the fiddle at the age of three with his earliest influence being his dad. They would attend jam sessions at the homes of Werner Cain or Bill Gilbert, the best fiddlers around would attend. With these jam sessions Dale considers himself self-taught, learning from tape recordings and vinyl LP’s, never having formal lessons. Dale grew up around the contest circuit influenced by Benny Thomasson, Orville Bums, The Solomons, The Franl<lins, Joe Venuti, Keith Coleman, Buddy Spicher, Tommy Jackson, and a few others. He attended the Fiddlers’ Frolics for the first time at the age of six and remembers the encouragement given by Cliff and Velda Fryer in his early contest years. Dale has competed in many fiddling contests, winning numerous championships; including the Texas State Championship, · Grand National title, as well as the Grand Master Fiddle Championship. Dale treasures the opportunity he had being around Benny Thomasson, in the early 1980’s, when Benny moved back to Texas from Washington State. Benny is probably his biggest influence in
contest fiddling. Dale’s uncle, Terry Morris, was also a big inspiration to him. In Dale’s own words, “Terry
certainly raised the bar for all of us in the fiddle world.” Dale also remembers a day he got to spend in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with Orville Burns in 1999, “What a treat that was! We went and picked him
up at the nursing home, then went to his son, Orville Jr .’s home and fiddled the rest of the day.” By the
time Dale was ten years old, he began his professional career performing with the Bar-D Wranglers, at the
Bar-D Chuckwagon Suppers and Western Show in Durango, Colorado. He performed there for the next
three summers alongside his father. Upon graduation from high school, Dale went to college on a music
scholarship and performed with the jazz band at Weatherford College, in Weatherford, Texas. In 1987,
Dale went to work in Branson, Missouri with The World’s Favorite Hobo, Boxcar Willie. He would spend
the next three years with Boxcar performing at his theatre, as well as touring the United States and Europe.
A few years later he began working with Marty Stuart and The Hot Hillbilly Band touring the US and
Canada. In 1992, Dale was part of the No Hats Tour with Travis Tritt. He then took a brief hiatus from the
road and worked at Cowboys Night Club in Dallas, Texas, for the next six years. In 2001, he started
touring with country music legend, Ray Price. Thus far his work with Ray has led to numerous television
appearances and tours with Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson as part of the Last of The Breed Tour. His
music has appeared on motion picture soundtracks, television jingles, and music videos. Dale is a highly
sought after studio musician and has recorded with such artists as Charley Pride, Deryl Dodd, John Mayall,
Bob Wills Texas Playboys, Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Chuck Rainey, and many others. In addition to his
studio work, Dale, teaches at workshops, seminars, and private lessons. He also enjoys judging fiddle
contests around the country. Dale is an avid musical instrument historian with a passion for vintage
instruments. Dale is extremely proud of his four children Marcus, Michael, Shaun, and Allison, who are all
musically inclined and will carry on the family tradition.