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Where is DALE NABORS? Music Promoter Leaves Another Group High & Dry.

Dale Nabors, the infamous former CEO of Cuppy’s Coffee, is on the run again… this time fleeing from musicians and crew who allegedly relied on Nabors and his On Top By Design firm to set up and promote a cross-country tour of concerts, radio interviews and live on-air performances.

Country band Sunset Circus and their opening act, Ben Phillips and Deep Stack, claim they’d been assured by Dale Nabors that the tour was set, the financing had been secured, and they’d be leaving Jacksonville, Florida via tour bus on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Band members took off work, invested in new equipment… some travelled from out of state.  A business associate flew in from the UK to help coordinate and promote the tour.

Tuesday afternoon, just 3 days before they were to depart on their dream tour, Dale Nabors allegedly sent a band member’s son on a phony errand so that he could slip away unnoticed with his laptop, iPad and clothes.

Band members soon realized that they had been duped.

There were no concert dates set in South Carolina, Ohio or New York.

There were no radio interviews or live on-air performances scheduled in Atlanta, Nashville, or Pittsburgh.

The money for their expenses and pay for the tour either didn’t exist, or had disappeared with Dale Nabors.

Suddenly all of the Cuppy’s Coffee horror stories and public accusations on UnhappyFranchisee.Com and Blue Mau Mau – which Dale Nabors had so convincingly explained away as not his fault – hit home.

Dale Nabors, it seems, had done it again.

Alleged Victims of Dale Nabors and On Top By Design Speak Out

Dale NaborsHere is what we’ve heard from Dale’s recent clients and associates:

After he abandoned Cuppy’s Coffee and the Cuppy’s franchisees who had invested their life savings, homes and assets, Dale Nabors remade himself as a country music promoter and agent to independent artists and bands.

He allegedly lived rent-free in the guest bedrooms of musicians he’d later leave stranded.  Using the company name On Top By Design, Nabors actively trolled Twitter (as @DaleNabors) for unsigned bands and artists seeking representation.

According to Darren Johns, Dale Nabors began advising his band (Jacksonville-based Sunset Circus) in November, 2012.  Following Dale’s advice, Sunset Circus accelerated the production of a CD and video (Party in the Sticks) in preparation for a multi-state tour.  Dale helped guide the process, and promoted the CD Release Party and tour kick-off which took place Friday, March 15 at Maverick’s in Jacksonville.

Sunset CircusSunday, band members grew irate with Dale because he had still not presented them with the tour contract or list of venues.  One informed Dale that if this tour turns out to be a sham, he was  going to kick Dale’s ass.  Dale provided the bands with contracts on Monday, but no list of specific venues.  Tuesday afternoon, Dale gathered his belongings and snuck out of Darren John’s home, where he had been staying, without a word.

Chad, a drummer from Alabama wrote:

I am a drummer from Florence, [AL] l that was “hired” on to do a 2 week tour that started this Friday (March 22) til April 6.

Me, and 4 other guys I brought in to do this gig was supposed to be an opening act for a band out of Jacksonville, FL. [Dale Nabors] had rehearsal dates that we followed and attended for the past 2 months. Every rehearsal we kept asking him for our contracts and he made excuse after excuse and promise after promise as to why he couldn’t get the contracts for this tour for us. He finally emailed the contracts when he left to go back to Jacksonville on Monday. Now he is nowhere to be found. Unfortunately, he has gotten personal/private information from other musicians and have left them screwed and stranded and out of work for 2 weeks.

Keyboard player Lee Gilstrap, who had given Dale a place to live for a year, wrote:

He just left Jacksonville FL today, 3 days before our band was scheduled to tour. Now I am here in Jax with no way home and little money in my pocket and relying on money that won’t be there. And then there’s the thousands spent by other band members and supporters under this guise. Too much to list, but it’s a good possibility that he’s still in FL, Orlando area perhaps…

Dale: may God have mercy on your soul for the disruption and cost you’ve caused in peoples lives, for there are many who will not show the mercy you think you deserve

dale naborsBass player, sound technician and owner of Bama Sound, Jeremy Sparks also fed and gave Dale Nabors a place to stay, rent-free.  He drove Dale to Jacksonville from Muscle Shoals, and was promised to be paid to run sound and as a musician on the Sunset Circus tour.  Jeremy told us:

Dale made it a point to tell people about Cuppy’s Coffee upfront, in case they ran across the stories about him on the Internet.  He would be very convincing about how none of it was his fault.  I have been in the music business all my life and seen a lot of smooth talkers, but Dale was the smoothest.  He’s very convincing.

UnhappyFranchisee.Com has reached out to Dale Nabors via email and Twitter to invite him to provide his side of the story, to provide an explanation or apologies to those he has allegedly harmed.  So far, we have received no response from Mr. Nabors.






CUPPY’S: Dale & Natalie Nabors “have done nothing wrong”  December 22, 2009

CUPPY’S COFFEE: Dale & Natalie Nabors Arrested  December 14, 2009

CUPPY’S COFFEE: Employees Bid Fond Farewell to Dale Nabors

CUPPY’S COFFEE: Dale Nabors’ Private Conference Call

CUPPY’S COFFEE: Employees Plenty Steamed at Nabors, Hiller



Tags: Dale Nabors, Robert Dale Nabors, On Top By Design, Sunset Circus, Party in the Sticks, Cuppy’s Coffee, music promotion scam, franchise scam, music promoters, artist development,

14 thoughts on “Where is DALE NABORS? Music Promoter Leaves Another Group High & Dry.

  • Melissa Ottjepka

    Just like a Britney Spears song … Oops, I Did It Again ….

  • Alicia Benefield

    The snake has slithered under his rock again. Like I told you before you can run but you can’t hide, always look over your shoulder……..

  • Gargamel NaborsThe Fat Gargamel Looking Bastard has hurt alot of People But this time it was the wrong 2 groups of musicians. Plus he did not get as much as he got from the Cuppy’s Folks. He is a Scam Artist & Ponzi Scheme Operator. He is to good at the lie’s so that has to believe them himself to keep up with them.

  • Claudia Robbins

    Snakes don’t have shoulders Alicia :-).

    Dale, you don’t sh!t where you sleep. These were the last friends you will find in a long time. Even your cell mate won’t really be a friend.

    What a sick bastard you are for what you did to them and the women who cared about you. I won’t embarrass them with details here. But you know what I am talking about.

    Who are you going to blame now?

    I think about the fear you must have of these people. What they might do to you when they catch up with you. And I laugh and cheer them on.

  • Tom Davis

    What a douche bag. He needs to be found and prosecuted for this. These young men lost so much due to him stealing from them things that cannot be given back. The music industry is hard enough to navigate through this is horrible for them. I surely hope the snake Dale gets what is due him!!! May KARMA reach up and bite his ass like none other!

  • Oops, he did it again!

    Dale Nabors
    That awkward moment when you realize you were working for a con-artist.

    [Graphic submitted by a former associate of Dale Nabors and On Top By Design]

  • FranSynergy

    Years ago Dale Nabors was the owner of FranSynergy his tagline on blog posts etc. was “Believe & Succeed” That slogan always rubbed me the wrong way.

    If you believe in a failed concept or a fraud you will definitely loose.

    Anyone that tells you all you need to succeed is belief is probably selling you something he can’t deliver like the Brooklyn Bridge, FranSynergy, Cuppy’s Coffee, or On Top Design.

    He is nothing more than a conman.

  • Fransynergy:

    Funny you mention that. I ran across a tweet that Dale made shortly before his motto became “Believe & Flee”:

    Dale Nabors ‏@DaleNabors 13 Mar

    @SheltonsGate That’s it, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & Have so much confidence you’d go after Moby Dick in a row boat, and take tarter sauce w/you

    For those whose American Lit is a little rusty, Captain Ahab did what Dale was recommending – went after Moby Dick in a rowboat. How’d that work out for him? According to Wikipedia:

    “The harpoon becomes lodged in Moby Dick’s flesh and Ahab, caught around the neck by a loop in his own harpoon’s rope and unable to free himself, is dragged down into the cold oblivion of the sea by the injured whale. The mechanics of Ahab’s death are richly symbolic. He is killed by his own harpoon, a victim of his own twisted obsession and desire… The whale eventually destroys the whaleboats and crew, and sinks the Pequod.”

    Dale’s music career advice was a bit more prophetic than even he imagined.

  • Oops, he did it again!

    An oldie but a goodie:

    Thus spoke a con-sultant named Dale

    by Nale Dabors

    Thus spoke a con-sultant named Dale:
    “Do these things and you never can fail:
    Just Believe & Succeed
    Don’t be greedy like me
    And don’t try to put me in jail!”

  • someone that i use to know

    there are warrant(s) out for arrest. Franklin county definite & Lauderdale county Alabama

  • I think these warrants are old

  • someone that i use to know

    the franklin county is current …confirmed today

  • Alabama? Or Florida?

    Is there a link to see the warrant

  • Scott JOHNS

    Has anyone heard anything from him recently ?

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