• Changes in Sweet Dixie

    Chris Stifel, guitarist with Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, has left the band to pursue other options. His spot has been filled by Maryland musician Tom Adams. "I’d love to offer up a colorful story, but the reality is I’m just

  • Bluegrass Show Opens WAMU’s New Theater

    It’s a lot smaller than the Grand Ole Opry, but if Katy Daley and her colleagues have their way, WAMU’s Black Box Theater in Washington, D.C., will become another must-listen setting for live broadcasts of bluegrass music in front of

  • Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie live on WAMU

    Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie will celebrate this month's release of their latest CD, Dancin' Annie, with a live radio broadcast tonight (3/21) on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Emerson, of course, is a true legend in the banjo world, having performed as a

  • New single from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

    Rural Rhythm has released a debut single from the upcoming Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie album, due March 4. It's the title track, Dancin' Annie, written and sung by Sweet Dixie guitarist Chris Stifel. The new record contains 12 new tracks, including

  • Alvin Breeden remembered

    This remembrance of Alvin Breeden, who passed away earlier this week, is a contribution from Geoff Stelling. Alvin played a Stelling banjo, and the two of them became friends Geoff moved his company to central Virginia in the early 1980s.

  • The Touch of Time

    With his recent CD, The Touch of Time, Bill Emerson and his Sweet Dixie bandmates add to a legacy he began over a half-century ago as a founding member of the Country Gentlemen. This new release from Rural Rhythm Records

  • Sweet Dixie and InMotion

    In my own small brush with posterity, I once exchanged emails with Craig Newmark of Craig’s List back in 1997. I had run an ad on the San Francisco-based bulletin board system that read, “Free beer and Bluegrass in Fairfax this

  • Wally Hughes to Sweet Dixie

    Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie have a couple of news bits for this afternoon. First off, they are celebrating the official release of their latest CD, The Touch Of Time, on Rural Rhythm. It is now available wherever you might purchase

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