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Music – 1979 – Gail Davies – Live At Austin City Limits

Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in country music….who was the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson….and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies…..while Gail’s son, Chris Scruggs, is a former co-lead singer and guitarist for the roots-country band BR549….and is currently on tour with Marty Stuart as a member of his Fabulous Superlatives.

Gail Davies established herself as a successful singer and songwriter during the 1970’s and 1980’s…. while scoring numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits. She was one of country music’s most influential artists….while becoming the genre’s first female record producer. She has been cited as a role model for other female singers, including Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Pam Tillis.

Gail received an IBMA award….along with a Grammy nomination for her duet with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley in 2002….plus, she was nominated for an Americana Music award that same year for producing and arranging a tribute to country legend Webb Pierce entitled Caught in the Webb….in an album that features along with Gail, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Crystal Gayle, Charley Pride, The Del McCoury Band, Allison Moorer, Guy Clark, Dale Watson,  The Jordanaires, Rosie Flores, Lionel Cartwright, Robbie Fulks, Mandy Barnett and Billy Walker. Proceeds from this album benefit The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and The Country Music Hall of Fame. Gail Davies was inducted into The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

Although semi-retired, Gail continues to tour, mostly in Europe. She was named “Country Music International Ambassador” during CMA week in 2009….and released her autobiography “The Last of the Outlaws” in 2011. Gail’s latest project is an album dedicated to her late brother entitled Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies….which was released in 2013….as this album features Dolly Parton, John Prine, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynne, Rodney Crowell, Suzy Bogguss, John Anderson, Guy Clark and a host of other great artists…..with proceeds from this album benefitting The W.O. Smith Music School….and provide musical instruments and lessons for underprivileged children. 

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