Richard Hal Dobson

b. 19 March 1942, Tyler, Texas, USA. Dobson planned to be a novelist and he only took up the guitar and started songwriting in 1963. He played in Texas folk clubs alongside Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt,…
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b. 19 March 1942, Tyler, Texas, USA. Dobson planned to be a novelist and he only took up the guitar and started songwriting in 1963. He played in Texas folk clubs alongside Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, but a meeting with David Allan Coe’s band outside a Nashville recording studio led to Coe immediately recording ‘Piece Of Wood And Steel’. With the money he saved from working on shrimpers and oil rigs, Dobson was able to finance his highly rated debut, In Texas Last December. The album included ‘Baby Ride Easy’, which was recorded as a duet by Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds. Dobson wrote regularly for the UK fanzine Omaha Rainbow, and his novel, The Gulf Coast Boys, was published in 1998. Nanci Griffith, who recorded his song ‘The Ballad Of Robin Wintersmith’, calls him ‘the Hemingway of country music’, but he has not been able to expand his following. His best-known song is ‘Old Friends’, which he wrote with Guy and Susanna Clark, and which was used as the title track of Clark’s 1988 album. In the early 90s Dobson signed with the Swiss record label Brambus. He currently lives in Switzerland.