Dwight “Dewey” O’Neil
Dwight O’Neil is a lifelong singer and picker with roots that run deep in the Memphis TN area. He is the real deal. Now living in Chatham, NY, he finds life in the country of Columbia county to be sweet.
Dwight began playing coffee houses in the Memphis area as a senior in high school . That led to a gig at the ” Fun INC.” music festival at the Overton Park Shell where he was the only folk singer and the only act to get a standing ovation at the festival. That led to interest from several recording studios including “Sounds Of Memphis, owned by Dan Penn, Phillips Recording, owned by Jerry Phillips,(Yes, that Jerry Phillips) and Stax Recording, where Dwight was actually assigned a manager for a short time. Feeling plucky, he took off for NYC where he met Folkies Paul Seapal, Lewis and Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker and played a set on Izzy Young’s famous radio show on WBAI.
Next he founded a quartet with fellow musician Liz Greene, playing their own music in the Memphis area, eventually ending up back in NYC where the group played the local clubs including the folk Mecca, “The Bitter End “, and also landed a college coffee house tour. After that band broke up Dwight headed to Colorado where he played all over the state for over two years. Dwight has played on stages with Bukka White, Furry Lewis, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, and many others and once opened for “Fleetwood Mac”.
Dwight eventually moved to The Berkshires in Massachusetts where he played in just about every place that had live music and became quite well known. He met his wife Karen in Vermont and although they spent a little time living in Nashville, they chose to make the Northeast their home. Dwight worked for and learned the craft of stained and leaded glass while in Tennessee and upon his return to the Berkshires he opened October Mountain Stained Glass.
Although he closed his stained glass studio several years ago, he still takes on projects and repairs upon request. So if you have any stained glass needs please have your people call his people. You can view some of his work on the Facebook page October Mountain Stained Glass and contact him at:email@example.com.
What he loves most next to his family? Daisy, his dog. Taking daily walks helps the creative juices and also provides for exercise for both Dwight and Daisy.
Dwight loves his band and the music they play. His favorite tune off the set list right now? Six Pack To Go.