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.

Chris Stifel“I’d love to offer up a colorful story, but the reality is I’m just looking to do something musically different – turning the page, so to speak. Playing with Bill, Wayne Lanham and Teri Chism was a great experience for me – as we produced two well-regarded albums on Rural Rhythm and played some major festivals around the country, including Bean Blossom twice. I was particularly gratified to have songs that I wrote, The Touch of Time and Dancin’ Annie, chosen as title cuts for the two albums. I wish Bill, his wife Lola, and the rest of the band every success in the future.”

Adams, of course, is a former banjo player having worked in that capacity with The Johnson Mountain Boys, Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent and others. When a neurological issue prevented him from playing up to his high standards, Tom laid t he banjo down and picked up the guitar.

In addition to Bill on banjo and Tom on guitar, Wayne Lanham is on mandolin and Teri Chism is on bass.

You can follow Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie’s show dates online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.