Dale Hollow

A bit Andy Kaufman and a hint of Father John Misty Dale Hollow possesses “a fascinating combination of performance and purveyed authenticity,” as the lifestyle magazine Mundane once posited while also noting that “no other country music artist has ever claimed to be the best, except for Dale Hollow.” Legend has it Dale actually tried to trademark the phrase “The Country Music Superstar,” so every time someone like Luke Bryan Loretta Lynn Jessica Simpson or Darius Rucker attached that phrase to their names Dale gets some cash. And while Hollow can be purposely self-elevating that seemingly tall tale is true. “I sent $150 to the copyright office…and I got denied instantly,” he says. “That’s why I use that parenthetical justification (trademark pending).”


A mysterious figure in the country music world here’s what we do know: Hollow who hails from Nashville and is named after the Kentucky reservoir had an inauspicious start to his music career. The future country legend was just trying to pay off $35000 in back taxes. “I was trying to get cash fast,” he admits. “One day, sitting in an internet cafe, I read this article that detailed how Luke Bryan was the most profitable artist in streaming. So I just thought, ‘I’ll do what he does’.”