Dale Rollins was inspired by the outdoor lifestyle he had known in the Pacific Northwest.
Dale Rollins, Songwriter - Storyteller
The son of a logging family, Dale grew up literally outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. From the time he was about 12 years old he remembers setting chokers on logs and bumping knots in the landing. To him a Peavy was a tool for rolling a log, not a guitar amplifier! He remembers getting his first electric guitar for Christmas and his life would never be the same. In six months he began playing lead guitar in rock bands. And enjoyed all kinds of music from Johnny Horton to Buddy Holly and John Denver to the Beatles. Later, while in the U.S. Navy he also played aboard the U.S. Oriskany CVA-34. And, it was during combat that Rollins became very home sick. It was then that he discovered an artist who wrote positive songs with a classical rock style. Music of the group Moody Blues and songwriter Justin Hayward, inspired Dale to try writing music himself. Dale bought an accoustic guitar and started writing about what he knew; real people and places in the American West. He wrote a song about Zane Grey, father of the Western novel. Another piece about Chief Joseph leader of the Nez Pierce. And another about Asian imigrant, Gin Ling. He also wrote nostalgic ballads and frolicking compositions about drifting the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River. His first album was titled "Northwest Passage" and received airplay in regional Country radio in the USA; movie producers used his material too. But he was most pleased when his songs received recognition world wide as-- Americana. More recent material reflected his early roots in the rock-genre, and his love of more Classical sounds; particularly in his flag ship composition, "China Clipper". The rest is history.
"Sunlight", an original watercolor by Dale's wife, Mary Rollins
Publishers Foot Note: In 2001, after a successful season in live radio theater Dale's co-producer lost his family in an airplane crash. The catastrophy took the wind out of everyone sails and the show closed. Then, in 2004 Dale also developed "adult onset asthma", and his singing career was over.