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Dugmore, Dan

He is a multi-instrumentalist born in Southern California who has made his living playing mandolin. Banjo and various types of guitars.

After having become interested in music in the 1960s he bought his first pedal steel guitar from Sneaky Pete Kleinow of the Flying Burrito Brothers.  He became a member of the John Stewart’s band and in 1974 managed to get through an audition for the backing band for Linda Ronstadt , which would be his springboard to a successful career.

In 1980 he was a founding member of the band Ronin who released a self-titled album and at the same time became a member of James Taylor’s band.  His busy musical career has now seen him playing for both James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt for more than a decade and has also included much work as a studio musician.

Over the course of his career he has been heard performing with acts that include Alabama, John Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Ray Cyrus, Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, George Jones, Hal Ketchum, Mark Knopfler, Kenny Loggins, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, Stevie Nicks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joan Osborne, Dolly Parton, The Pointer Sisters, Charley Pride, LeAnn Rimes, Johnny Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, Earl Scruggs, Dan Seals, Dusty Springfield, Pam Tillis , Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Don Williams, Trisha Yearwood and Warren Zevon to name just a few.

Around 1991 he settled in Nashville as has twice been nominated for the String Instrumentalist of the Year in the Nashville Music Awards.

Appearing on numerous albums he has featured on his own Off White Album which features The Beatles songs on the steel guitar as well as Retrospective by Bread, Oh Yes I Can by David Crosby , Christmas Album by Neil Diamond , I Still Have Dreams by Richie Furay, Goodbye Girl by David Gates, Thank You For Being a Friend: The Best Of… by Andrew Gold , Love’s Only Love by Engelbert Humperdinck, Blue Obsession by Michael McDonald, Songs for Survivors by Graham Nash, Great Divide by Willie Nelson, Back with a Heart by Olivia Newton John, Living in the U.S.A. by Linda Ronstadt , You’re Only Lonely by J.D. Souther , Flag by James Taylor and Maverick by Hank Williams Jr. to name just a few of many.

In the 2000s he founded his own label, Double D.

Linda Ronstadt recordings
Back in the U.S.A. (Chuck Berry )
Get Closer (Jonathan Carroll )
I Never Will Marry (Fred Hellerman )
Sometimes You Just Can’t Win (Smokey Stover )

Here he is playing guitar on James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face”….