Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511182326
  • Catalog Number: 1823
  • Sales rank: 250,144

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 II 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 II Composer
Con Burch Composer
Joe Wheatley Audio Production
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