• 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