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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 12/16 – Christopher Wright / Dale J Gordon

December 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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From the Piney Woods of East Texas, Christopher Wright Music was borne out of strong conservative Christian values and a steady diet of Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, Jr.

By eleven Christopher was playing guitar and writing music. His art offered a much-needed distraction from his fractured family. In 1986, Christopher, his mother, and sister moved north of Dallas to McKinney, Texas. After some scuffles with the locals, they relocated to Allen, Texas where Christopher firmly planted his boots in the ground.

Around this time urban hip-hop and Seattle grunge were shaping the musical landscape. Christopher’s love for the art of music was fire-roasted by the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Dr. Dre. For Christopher, these artists complemented his respect for music of The Outlaws of Country Music.

High school and college were hastened by good times and trouble. Those days flew by like a Ford Mercury fresh off the line. Christopher was a bit of a hell-raiser in his younger days. Had a few run-ins with the law.​

“I got sidetracked with fast living, illegal shit, and shortcuts. Addiction made my straight lines into circles. Life was all fun and games until it wasn’t. I never shot anybody’s dog or anything, but I surely danced with the devil. After a few cold nights in county, I woke the hell up. Then it was the warm light of God”s word that guided me back to the light. In my desperation I found a deeper appreciation for everything I was losing.”​

In 2016 Christopher was diagnosed with acute liver failure. “That shit brought me to my knees. “Christopher credits his faith to getting him sober. And music for saving his life.

Christopher’s voice is deep, direct, and steady like a locomotive. His music will no doubt resonate with folks who are seeking light in the dark.

Dale J. Gordon is a Nashville-based songwriter and performer. His theatrical one-man band show utilizes guitar, a stompbox, and projected videos. His musical style blends elements of John Prine, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa, and The Butthole Surfers. He has toured the U.S. for the past twenty years and performed at festivals such as Punk Island (NY), Skatopia (OH), Audiofeed (IL), Art All Night (NJ), and Killa Tomato Fest (TN). Dale has shared the stage with notable international music and comedy
acts like: Mishka Shubaly, Sierra Ferrell, Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Dusty Slay, J.T. Habersaat, Josh McLane, Kristin Lytie, Mack Lindsay, Jay Whitecotton, Kyle Pogue, Chad Riden, Ceschi, Matt Pless, Spoken Nerd, The Plurals, HEELS, Jared Grabb, Fate McAfee, Rent Strike, Qwel, Punk with a Camera, LaBaq, Papisa, and FingerFingerrr. Though Dale has seven full-length releases and three singles available on all streaming services; his highest achievement is having one of his songs be barely audible during an interview with Henry Rollins in the Amazon Prime film Riot on the Dance Floor.


December 16, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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