Hale, Robert


  • From Jolo, West Virginia
  • Began performing at the age of 9, playing mandolin in his father’s band “Clayton Hale and the Bluegrass Mountaineers.”
  • Age 11, was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe.
  • Has been a band member with the Reno Brothers, J. D. Crowe and the New South (guitar, lead vocals), Livewire, Eddie and Martha Adcock (mandolin) and several other bands.
  • 2000, founded Wildfire with Curt Chapman.
  • Played on two Dolly Parton albums: “Halos and Horns” and “For God and Country.”
  • 2012, released first solo project Pure & Simple (Pinecastle).
  • 2020, released Blue Haze album (Pinecastle) with his “8th Wonder Band” including Scott Vestal, Missy Raines and Shawn Lane.
  • 2022, appeared on Quiet Country Town album by Wildfire (Pinecastle).