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Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band
     

Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band

by Bill Emerson
 
As a soloist and a member of the Country Gentlemen, banjoist Bill Emerson has left his mark on the contemporary bluegrass scene, pushing country music's most conservative genre in fresh directions. Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band's self-titled album, however, sticks to the bluegrass basics, closer to tradition than the

Overview

As a soloist and a member of the Country Gentlemen, banjoist Bill Emerson has left his mark on the contemporary bluegrass scene, pushing country music's most conservative genre in fresh directions. Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band's self-titled album, however, sticks to the bluegrass basics, closer to tradition than the Country Gentlemen's 1972 classic, The Award Winning Country Gentlemen (though the band had a knack for making songs by Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot sound kind of conservative). Here, the approach is fairly straightforward bluegrass, with a number of vocalists (including Pete Goble, Darren Beachley, and Con Burch), offering renditions of traditional and contemporary material. Even today, however, Emerson still has a surprise or two to offer, the best being a solid take of John Prine's "All the Best" by the band with Gary Ferguson providing a solid vocal, and filled out with fine harmony vocals from Burch and Joe Wheatley (this is one of the several tracks on which Emerson does not appear on). The album ends, appropriately enough, with a lively Emerson original, an instrumental that allows him to leave the listener with some fine picking. For fans who have wondered what Emerson has been up to lately, Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band provides a simple answer: just playing a little music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511182326
catalogNumber:
1823

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Emerson   Primary Artist,Banjo
Tony Rice   Guitar
Gary Ferguson   Guitar,Vocals
Darren Beachley   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Dudley Connell   Guitar
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Pete Goble   Vocals
Ray Legere   Fiddle
Mark Newton   Guitar,Vocals
Wayne Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Williams   Mandolin,Vocals
Randy Waller   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Williams   Mandolin,Vocals
Andy Ball   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Frank Solivan   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Con Burch   Vocals,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Pat White   Fiddle,Flute,Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Pat White   Fiddle,Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Wheatley   Bass Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Dave Miner   Dobro,Guitar
Scott Linton   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Brad Corbin   Vocals
Barry Tuttle   Dobro
Michael T. Cash   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Tony Trischka   Liner Notes
John Prine   Composer
Bill Emerson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Gary Ferguson   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Pete Goble   Composer
Randall Hylton   Composer
Emory Lester   Graphic Design
Pamela Brown Hayes   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Frank Solivan   Composer
Con Burch   Composer
Joe Wheatley   Audio Production

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