August 22nd, 2019
Doors open at 6pm
Dion connects with crowds of all types, and works feverishly, through his performances, to win over crowds of all ages. Dion Pride is the son of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride. Dion is also a songwriter and multi-talented Instrumentalist. He plays guitar, piano, drums, and bass. At fourteen, he was performing. One of his songs titled “I Miss My Home” was recorded by his father and released on Charley Pride’s “Choices” album in 2011. Dion played lead guitar and keyboards for his father and opened his father’s show for 5 years, but while touring on his father’s show, Dion began to incorporate some of his own material. The audiences were so responsive that Dion decided to strike out on his own and has not looked back. He has sung and performed for audiences around the world in countries like England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and all the continental United States, entertaining crowds of 10,000 or more. When asked, “What was the most important thing you learned from your father?” Dion sums it up in one word, “Humbleness”.
Marty was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Of course, everyone knows his dad, Merle Haggard, who Marty considers “the best country singer/songwriter ever”. Marty was privileged to be a part of his dad’s career and having the opportunity to meet many of the country greats as well as other celebrities and dignitaries. Unfortunately, Marty’s dad passed away on April 6, 2016, on his 79th birthday. He will be greatly missed by all. In 1979, Marty began touring with his own band, then in 1981 signed with Dimension Records. From 1983 to 1985 he traveled with his dad, singing harmony and playing guitar. In 1986, he signed with MTM Records and released Trains Make Me Lonesome, a song which garnered him a nomination as best new male vocalist. In 1995, Marty signed with Critique/BMG. In 1999, Marty began writing and singing spiritual songs. For ten years Marty traveled the country playing at churches and other venues proclaiming his love for Jesus. Marty’s love for his dad’s music inspired him to begin a project titled A Tribute to Merle Haggard “My Dad”. In 2010, he cut the first album in his tribute consisting of 15 Hag classics. In 2010 he also began performing a tribute to his dad in Branson, Missouri until 2012. In 2011 he also recorded his second Tribute album to his dad. Marty has spent the last eight years performing A Tribute to Merle Haggard “My Dad” all over the United States and Canada plus England, Ireland, and Scotland.