DAWN ANITA PLUMLEE

A real cowgirl, DAWN ANITA was raised on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, and she and her husband currently live on a ranch near where she lived as a child. She would have ridden her horse to school had it not been too many hoof beats from home. She is equally at home on horseback or on the stage singing or reciting her cowboy poetry. She started her music career at the early age of 7 when her family held Saturday night “music fests,” and she could hardly wait her turn to get up and sing. Early in her career she sang with the famed Texas Playboys and performed with artists like Red Steagall, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Johnny Russell, Willie Nelson and Tanya Tucker. She has performed throughout the US, Canada and the Carribean. She has also performed at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and she feels western music and tales about the cowboy way of life will live on forever. A published author, Dawn Anita’s memoirs entitled “One More Last Chance” is a gripping tale of she and her husband’s struggles in the music business and their ride on horseback from Oklahoma to Nashville. After 24 rain-soaked days, she stepped on stage to sing at Fan Fair. Her traditional country album entitled “The Dawn of Old Country” is still receiving airplay throughout the world, and the title cut on her  western album entitled “Down on Wildhorse Creek,” has been nominated as Western Song of the Year and she has been nominated as Western Female Artist of the Year with AWA. Her latest release "The Country In Me" has received excellent reviews and has songs for western, country and western swing fans. It is also receiving great airplay in the US and overseas. Be sure and catch her shows if she's in your area. She is a natural on stage and has a way of pulling the audience into each and every performance. 

AWARDS

Ms Senior Oklahoma of America 2017
Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year 1987 Oklahoma Opry
Winner of Dallas Song Writer Award 1990 Top Female Vocalist - KLAW Radio 1987
Winner of International Song writing Contest 1989

"LADY ELVIS"

"It's Now or Never" When Dawn Anita first started singing and performing professionally, she incorporated a couple of Elvis tunes in each of her shows, and invariably someone would come up to her and tell her how much they enjoyed her version of the King's songs. In fact, down through the years, she has been compared to the King many times, which, of course, was an extremely high compliment to Dawn Anita. Dawn Anita has been told that she displays the same energy and magnetism as Elvis with the ability to draw an audience to her. Her style and her music will put you in mind of Elvis, but with a unique twist since she is obviously very "female." She possesses a unique voice with rare charisma, and her stage performance is powerful. Her energy on stage, versatility, voice style and stage presence give her a rapport with audiences much the same as Elvis. Dawn Anita receives rave reviews everywhere she performs. Audiences fall in love with her from the moment she walks on stage, and she is always in demand for repeat performances. Dawn Anita has performed with such stars as Gene Watson, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis and Joe Diffie to mention a few. She leaves a lasting impression when you see her perform. She has also made an appearance on the high seas aboard the SS Stella Solaris, a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. Dawn Anita has also received many awards during her career including 'Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year' in 1987 at the Oklahoma Opry, one of Oklahoma's most prestigious opry shows where many stars, such as Reba and Vince, have showcased their talent in their early years. Dawn Anita is also a prolific songwriter and had the distinction of winning an International Songwriting contest with the Indie Bullet. Her song "Cheatin' List" went to No. 2 in the independent charts and was number one in several of the overseas charts. She also won a songwriting contest sponsored by one of Oklahoma's top radio stations, KLAW in Lawton, Oklahoma, with a song she wrote entitled "Waltzing Angel." She has also had three national chart records, and the song she wrote with her mother entitled 'There'll Be No One to Live Out on the Farm' was a top ten song of the year in several states. Not only is Dawn Anita an accomplished performer, but she creates wonderful music in the studio and if you have an opportunity to purchase one of Dawn Anita's CD's, you will be glad you did, because they will provide you with many hours of listening pleasure.

THE PLUMLEES

"THE PLUMLEES" - SON GIVES BACK WHAT MOTHER GAVE UP I am a Diffie, and yes, music is a tradition in the Diffie family. As far back as I can remember, we all played music and sang. When I was about 7 years old, we lived on a ranch and dairy farm about ten miles from town in eastern Oklahoma, and every Saturday night folks from miles around would gather at our house for a "Saturday Night Music Fest." I remember I could hardly wait for Saturday to get there when I would get my turn to get up and sing. In my pursuit for stardom, I would try any approach. Remember. I grew up in the country. I ran away to marry at age 16 (I'm still married to that same fella). And I'd never lived a very lavish life. It wouldn't have been too unfair to label me a quintessential naive starry-eyed dreamer in her early 20's. But I was never bashful, and because I loved to sing so much and my husband, Jerry, loved to hear me, he would take me to clubs where I would ask the band if I could sit in, and usually they would let me. In fact, that's how I started singing professionally. In the early '70's while I was working clubs, I had so many fans who wanted to buy a record, I decided I ought to make one. I got in touch with Johnny Patterson, a former member of the famed Texas Playboys, who had a little studio in Ft. Worth. I told him I wanted to make a record for my fans, and asked him how much 500 single records would cost, and he told me $500.00. I figured I could handle that since I could sell them for $1.00 each off the bandstand and not be out any money. So, I went to Ft. Worth, recorded one Dolly Parton song, two Hank Williams' songs, and the original song I learned of Johnny's called "Loneliness is a Poor Excuse for Love," not having any idea what could and would happen. The recording of Loneliness turned out so well, that Johnny took it to WBAP in Ft. Worth, a 50,000 watt reporting station, and the hottest country music radio station in the area at the time. They didn't ordinarily program records on their daytime play list that were not on a major label, but one Saturday morning I was standing in the kitchen washing dishes looking out the window when I saw my husband come running up. He jumped the fence, ran in the house, and said "Dawn Anita, turn on the radio, your song's playing on WBAP!" My record then made its way to a little town in Missouri where an RCA talent scout was visiting his family. He'd heard Loneliness on the radio, but hadn't been able to get in touch with me, since the only address on the record was a post office box in Ft. Worth. He then happened to catch my act on a small syndicated television show I did in Tulsa, tracked me down and offered me a contract. During one of my conversations with him, he mentioned I would be on the road 5 or 6 nights a week touring, and that's when it dawned on me.....what about my kids? I knew Loretta and Tammy did it, but I just couldn't bare the thought of not getting to be there for my children. We never missed a ball game, a band recital, an awards assembly, open house...all the school activities. I stayed awake many nights fretting over what to do. Sitting in the dark one night, Jerry couldn't see my face, but he suddenly knew--I knew--I'd made up my mind not to go to Nashville. Not to take the contract. Not to go on the road. There are some things you cannot sacrifice. Your children go through their childhood only once. Surely, there will come a second chance for a career in music. Little did I know what a difference a few years could make to those in the music industry. But I have no regrets. My kids and I are incomparably close. During my so-called prime years, I turned down many opportunities that would have no doubt led to stardom. I chose instead to stay home with my husband and children. Some say I should be admired for my decision, but sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice. Had I taken that long and lonely road involved in a music career years ago, by now no doubt I would have been a "has been." But I've never given up my dream. I feel I have even more to share with the world now, but that ever-present age barrier stands in my way. Or does it? Maybe it was meant to be this way. Maybe I was suppose to wait until my son Jerry Don grew up, so he could give back to me what I gave up for him....maybe this is our destiny, after all, he's got that same Diffie blood running through his veins, and the magic is there. He has a raw, undeveloped talent with a little of that "Lefty" flavor in it that's just "itching" to break out and be heard.