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20190123 Dale Gayle 003There's something comforting about sitting and talking with Dale and Gayle Eisenhauer, known as Dale & Gayle on the entertainment circuit. Maybe it’s the friendliness they exude. That may come from teaching children for 30 years. It could also partly be from Dale’s role as a pastor.

Now in their ninth year entertaining in the Valley, Dale says they re-invent their shows every season to bring something new to their audiences.

The two are from the little town of Newkirk in northern Oklahoma. They are on their 10th year as full-time entertainers, traveling and spreading their love of music to everyone they meet. Since their retirement, they have visited and entertained in 38 states and performed nearly 1,000 shows.

Dale has played guitar and sung with a country dance band since 1970 in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. He has performed with many country legends such as Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Helen Cornelius, Barbara Fairchild, Cal Smith, David Frizzell, Johnny Lee, and many more.

“Each of these wonderful legends was a special moment for me as I looked up and saw 'me' on stage playing music with them. I never dreamed I would ever be so fortunate,” he said. “It was a dream come true to sing and play with some of my all-time country music heroes.”

One of Dale’s biggest thrills in his music career was to travel to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with his daughter Kathy and stand in the “magic circle” on stage and perform several songs during an event there. “It truly is like they say, a magical feeling to stand where so many greats have stood and hear your voice in the mother church of country music.” he said.

Gayle was a trained pianist, taking many lessons in her childhood years. She only played and sang in church and never dreamed that someday she would be a full time entertainer, traveling the country with her husband.

Dale & Gayle do not play or sing to track music. They prefer to play everything live and spontaneous. Dale plays acoustic guitar and sings; Gayle plays a split keyboard and is the bass player with her left hand, and piano player with her right, plus she sings. They like playing live so that even in the middle of a song, they can stop and interact with the audience, tell a joke that pops into Dale’s head or comment on something that just happened in the audience.

One of the most popular parts of their show has been a comedy skit with Ms. Crabapple. The skit is called “Let Me Speak To The Manager” and is a hilarious situation in which Ms. Crabapple calls the park manager and is always complaining about common problems that all parks face, except she really knows how to “explain” it to the manager.
Many people come to Dale & Gayle shows just to see Ms. Crabapple.

“We enjoy what we do and are blessed to have been here for so many years,” Gayle said. “We love what we do together.”

Following is Dale and Gayle's upcoming schedule. You can also find Dale & Gayle on most Monday nights from 5-8 p.m. playing at Ace’s BBQ in Mission, Thursday nights at Ace’s BBQ in Weslaco from 4:30-7:30 p.m, and Tuesday night at Brick Fire Pizza in Mission from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Dale & Gayle Show Schedule

Jan 27: Big Valley Park, Donna, Country Show 7-9 p.m.
Jan 30: Country Side Park, Donna, Country Show 7-9 p.m.
Feb 14:Alamo Paradise Acres, Alamo, Valentine’s Dance 7-9:30 p.m.
Feb 22: Circle T Park, Mission, Country Show, 7-9 p.m.
TBA: Cottonwood Park, Mission, Country Show, 7-9 p.m.
TBA: Leisure World Park, Weslaco, Dance 7-10 p.m.

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