Dale Peters (The James Gang)

 

 

By Thomas Semioli 

Among the heroes of the classic rock era, the James Gang brought attention to two bona-fide guitar heroes: founding member Joe Walsh, and the late Tommy Bolin.

Bassist Dale Peters, who came aboard for the band’s definitive platter Rides Again (1970), was a versatile player who also composed, sang, and doubled on keys, guitar, and percussion.  

To my ears, Peters’ extended bass improve as heard on “Lost Woman” from Live In Concert (1971) proves that excess is not necessarily a bad thing!

From KYBP Readers:

Dale, thanks for all the great bass lines. I’m still learning from your playing 35 years later. Dan O’Brien

“My Door Is Open” has the best bass track of all time. Absolutely the most overlooked track in ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY! The drummer banged it out pretty good too. I imagine these guys had a lot of fun playing this song together. Loji

Dale Peters Sound & Vision

“My Door Is Open” https://youtu.be/m5eV7SgoNIY

“Lost Woman” https://youtu.be/zcap1-J-V58

“Walk Away” https://youtu.be/zo0vBdlWQs0