Dale Baker is a professional drummer and educator living in Durham, NC. best known for his work with the popular late 90’s early 00’s band, Sixpence None the Richer (his drumming is featured on most of their hit songs, including “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes”).
In 2013 he became one of the core touring members of Big Star’s Third Live (documented in the 2017 DVD release of “Thank You Friends” on Concord Bicycle Music), a concert event celebrating the music of Big Star, featuring a rotating roster of guest performers including members of Wilco, The Posies, REM, Beck, Dawes, Tom Petty, The dB's, Yo La Tengo and the Kronos Quartet.
He drums frequently for NC Theatre, Theatre Raleigh and NC Theatre Conservatory, NC State, Peace College and Playmakers Repertory Theatre. Productions have included: Gypsy, Newsies, A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid, The Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, Guys and Dolls, and many others.
You can also find him playing with some of the area’s finest independent, emerging, and established acts. He’s performed at the NC State Fair with Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray and toured regionally with BJ Barham (American Aquarium). He has also supported Kate Rhudy, Anne-Claire, Blue Cactus, Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz, Tim Carless and performed regularly with Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple and Mitch Easter. He also performs and produces original music with his own band, The Maudlin Fee.
Recent work has included concerts with Integrity Music’s Alisa Turner, recording with Cory Branan, an album for NC-based folk artist Tyler Atkinson, performances with indie singer-songwriters Christa Wells, Taylor Leonhardt and Zach Wiley and Theatre Raleigh’s productions of The Rocky Horror Show at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre and Oh What a Holy Night at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
A native of Branson, MO, formative years were filled with the music of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and The Florida Boys. Bluegrass and old time gospel music were also early influences.
By 6th grade Dale was playing for musical theater productions at the College of the Ozarks, and playing percussion and drumset with the college Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.
A chance meeting with Gregg Bissonette (Spinal Tap, Ringo Starr) in high school led him south to pursue a degree in music from the University of North Texas. Graduating with a BM in Music (with an emphasis in Instrumental Education), Dale performed, recorded and toured in the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band, as well as with the award winning UNT Drum Line. He also participated in the Gamelan, African, and Steel Drum Ensembles and took private lessons with Ed Soph, Frankie Malabe, Henry Okstel, and Ron Fink (among others). He studied Drum Set, Congas, Mallets, Timpani, marching and world percussion.
Summers were spent marching and performing. One summer was spent on the road with the Sky-Ryders Drum and Bugle Corp, and two summers were spent in Florida. As one of 3 drummers chosen from a nation-wide search, he performed in the Walt Disney World All American College Marching Band one season and subsequently was asked to return the following summer to serve as the marching band’s Assistant Director.
Upon graduation, Dale spent time in Dallas, TX as a studio drummer, eventually joining Sixpence None the Richer. With them he recorded 5 albums, sold millions of records, was nominated for several awards (including two Grammy’s), and scored three top ten singles (with the songs, Kiss Me, There She Goes, and Breathe Your Name).
Clients and Artists Dale has played with include:
Buddy Miller, Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Sixpence None the Richer, Over the Rhine, Kim Taylor, Alisa Turner, Stephen Kellogg, Frankly Scarlet, Victoria Williams, Julie Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris, Brett Harris, Christa Wells, Taylor Leonhardt, Stephen Claybrook, Jess Ray, Wade Baynham, The Neighbors, Spencer Acuff, Thad Cockrell, Tim Carless, Claire Holley, BJ Barham, Kate Rhudy, Anne-Claire, Shoji Tabuchi, Dave Perkins, Steve Taylor, Michael W. Smith, Southwest Airlines, Pepsi-Cola, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Chrysler, DIC, Warner Brothers, Sony, BMG, Word, Squint Entertainment, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Mike Garrigan, Duke University, University of North Carolina, Peace College, University of North Texas, College of the Ozarks, The Summit RDU, Church of the Apostles Raleigh, Real Life Church (Santa Clarita), Chapel Hill Bible Church, The Gathering Church, Big Star’s Third Live, Clay Aiken, Blue Cactus, Jason Faulkner, Mike Mills, Tosca String Quartet, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, This is War, The Bangles, Marshall Crenshaw, Matt Douglas, Sharon Van Etten, Fan Modine, Audley Freed, Greg Humphreys, John Heitzenrater, Aimee Mann, Ari Picker, Chuck Prophet, Richard Lloyd, Kurt Vile, the Woolridge Brothers, Jody Stephens, Pat Sansone, Django Haskins, Carl Marsh, Steve Hindalong, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, The WB, Herschend Family Entertainment, Jonathan and Amanda Noel, Nicole Witt, Pete Sallis, Chad Lister, Chas Sandford, Paul Fox, Derri Daugherty, Matt Bronleewe, Russ Long, Mark Williams, David Dollar, Jeff Crawford, Alex Bingham, Tito Puente, Bobby McFerrin, The Three Phantoms, Chris Donohue, Mark Olson, Jeff Coffin, Rob Seals, Brent Bourgeois, Jason Merritt, Jeff Creed, Nate Fancher, Mark Byrd, Plumb, Kaya Black, The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, The Treemen, Armand John Petri, Tim Minor, Parklife, Miss Missouri Pageant, Percussive Arts Society, Gaylord Entertainment, Jeff Tweedy, North Carolina Master Chorale, NC Theatre, Crosspointe Church, ,Theatre Raleigh, NC Theatre Conservatory, Church of the Good Shepherd, Ed Brussa, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Plumb, Phil Madeira, Kronos Quartet, Van Dyke Parks, The Great Promise, Chessa Rich, Matt Papa, Mike Passaro, Shelly Moore, Ira Kaplan, Jeff Tweedy, Dan Wilson, Sarah Kramer, Robyn Hitchcock, Brother Wild, Aaron Gallagher, Chris Hendricks, Benmont Tench, Charles Cleaver, Bill Berry, Blake Mills, Zach Wiley, Cory Branan, Tyler Atkinson, Ross Adams.
Interested in hearing Dale in action? Listen to “This is Me On Drums” a Spotify playlist comprised only of songs that feature Dale’s drumming (with many of the artists listed above). To visit this playlist, CLICK HERE .
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