December 28 Happy Birthday Dale Pyatt

Happy Birthday Dale Pyatt, born December 28th and lead singer in the band ‘Love, Peace and Chicken Grease’ He says the band’s interesting name came to him when his son, who plays drums for the band, was about to get into trouble one day. “I was trying to chase him down, when Justin turned to face me and said, ‘Love, peace and chicken grease!’ I couldn’t help but think it was funny, then I thought it might make a good title for a band. People can’t remember my name, but they do remember ‘Chicken Grease’.”

Pyatt also has some interesting connections to the world of thoroughbred racing. He penned a bluegrass song about the great racehorse Secretariat, which he titled, “Run, Secretariat, Run.” He recalls a fateful encounter with the famous horse at the Secretariat Festival in 1983.
“I got to groom him, and I took his picture,” Pyatt said. “I rubbed his nose and said, ‘Why don’t you give me some of that good luck?’ Almost 30 years later, I signed a 10-year contract with Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, to be a spokesperson for the Secretariat Foundation.”

Dale Pyatt is no stranger to fundraisers. He co-wrote a song titled “Life Goes On,” which was recorded by a group who call themselves “Musicians against Childhood Cancer.” All the money from their single benefits St Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.

KY.GOV Performing Artists:  states:
Multi-award winning songwriter Dale Pyatt has penned songs that cross many music genres including Americana, bluegrass, new and classic country, roots, and even island-style music. On Feb. 7, 2013, Dale released a new self-titled album that includes a collection of his original songs and those co-written by Bill Castle, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Charlie Hall and Steve Thomas.

A long-time supporter of the Secretariat Foundation, Dale performed his original song, Run Secretariat Run, during the 2011 Secretariat Festival. In response to demands from the festival attendees, this toe-tapping tune honoring the Big Red champion was released as the first single from Dale’s new album and is also available for purchase at
With Steve Thomas, Dale is co-writer of Life Goes On, winner of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s recorded event of the year award. The song appears on the album of the same name issued by Musicians Against Childhood Cancers and released last year on Rural Rhythm Records. Proceeds of the album benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
In addition to solo shows, Dale tours with The Chicken Grease Band, performing high-energy concerts at festivals and venues around the country.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.