Multi-talented and extremely versatile musician whose extensive discography stretches back to 1970, when he recorded Merging of Our Minds with Bobby Bridger. In 1971, he arranged Nelson Truehart’s “Morning in My Lai”, backed with “Letter Sealed with Tears”. He multi-tasked on Mosaics’ Pieces of Stone in 1977, doing some of the arrangements and playing keyboards. In 1978, he arranged, conducted and played the keys on We Americans: A Musical Journey with Burl Ives. He was one the very special guests on My Very Special Guests, a collection of George Jones duets, in 1979. The same year he conducted and shared keyboard duties with fellow pianist Beege Adair on Moonlight Ragtime.
In 1980, he did a turn with Walt Disney on Mickey Mouse Disco, arranging “Macho Duck”, among others. He then went back to the piano bench for Ricky Skaggs’ highly acclaimed Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine, which was released in 1981. In 1982, he reunited with Skaggs on Highways & Heartaches, which yielded the #1 hits “Heartbroke” and “Highway 40 Blues”. He spent much of 1984 writing string arrangements for the Deborah Allen offering, Let Me Be the First. In 1985, he arranged the strings and played piano on “Everybody’s Crazy ’bout My Baby” by Marie Osmond. He was credited as a songwriter on the film, Man Outside, in 1986. In 1987, he collaborated with Ricky Van Shelton on Wild-Eyed Dream. He appeared on The Crickets’ T-Shirt in 1988. In 1989, he celebrated An Old Time Christmas with Randy Travis.
He Soul’d Out with John Cowan in 1990. In 1991, he was an erstwhile member of The New Nashville Cats with Mark O’Connor . He sent A Christmas Card with The Forester Sisters in 1992. In 1993, he hooked up with Michael Martin Murphey on Cowboy Songs III: Rhymes of the Renegades. Several of his compositions were performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra on Currier & Ives: Winterscapes, in 1994. In the same year, he was the arranger on The London Symphony Orchestra Plays the Music of Queen. He played piano on Michael Martin Murphey’s Sagebrush Symphony in 1995. In 1996, he appeared on Neil Diamond’s In My Lifetime. He performed Songs of the Silver Screen with Sons of the San Joaquin in 1997. In 1998, he played keyboards on A Glen Campbell Christmas, which later won a Dove award from the Gospel Music Association for Best Country Album. He arranged and conducted The Dixie Chicks’ Fly in 1999.
In 2000, he orchestrated The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s album, God is Working. He also arranged and conducted Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas in 2001. On 21st November 2002, Dennis accompanied jazz singer Sony Holland at the 2nd Annual Nashville Grammy Showcase. The two of them would continue to collaborate throughout the new millennium, including on Sony’s 2003 release, On a San Francisco High. In 2004, he recorded Dream #29 with Cindy Bullens. He then joined Santa & The Toymakers for the stocking stuffer, You’ve Got to Believe: Santa Sings Christmas Classics. In 2007, he made the cut on several best-of packages, including The Ultimate Hits of Garth Brooks, Holly Dunn’s Greatest Hits, and The Classic Songs of Ray Price. Er spielt Klavier am Tom Astor’s Alles Klar: Kein Problem! Das Jubilau, im 2008.
In 2009, he and the aforementioned Sony Holland extended their run at F. Scott’s in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here he is accompanying Cheryl Wheeler on “Almost”…