Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie live on WAMU

dancin_annieBill 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 young man with Cliff Waldron, Jimmy Martin, and the Country Gentlemen. At the height of his prominence, he left the uncertain financial status of banjo man for hire to join the US Navy Band, Country Current, which he led for 20 years in Washington, DC.

Since retiring from the Navy, he has led his own band, Sweet Dixie, and Dancin’ Annie is their third album for Rural Rhythm. Joining Bill in the group are Wayne Lanham on mandolin, Chris Stifel on guitar, and Teri Chism on bass.

Tonight’s broadcast runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (EDT), and will feature live sets from Tom Mindte’s Patuxent Partners and Bud’s Collective, followed by Bill and Sweet Dixie. You can listen live from anywhere in the world at, and for the first time, also watch live streaming video online.

The Bluegrass Country signal is also available over the air in the DC metro market at 105.5 FM or 88.5 HD-2 in Washington, or 93.5 FM in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD.

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