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Dixie Bee-Liners work on theme disc

Friday, March 6, 2009 – The Dixie Bee-Liners are in the studio recording their second album for Pinecastle Records. The bluegrassers are once again being produced by Bil VornDick at his Nashville studio.

The title of the disc "Susanville." The release will be comprised of songs written by the band and is a theme disc about "various aspects of driving the open road and destinations and journeys and stops along the way," according to an email from Brandi Hart, the group's lead singer.

The album should be out this fall.

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Although they have long been a staple of rock and roll music, concept albums focused on a singular theme or narrative are a rare species in country music and virtually unheard of in the bluegrass genre. That's why "Susanville" from Virginia's The Dixie Bee-Liners is one of the most revolutionary bluegrass releases in recent memory. Based on the premise that "every car on the highway has a story," this album takes listeners on a journey through the roads of America »»»
Ripe CD review - Ripe
The Dixie Bee Liners' sophomore release provides a stellar showcase for lead singer Brandi Hart, whose ability to switch from Appalachian folk to blues and flat-out bluegrass makes each number wring with authenticity. Producer Bill VornDick has sharpened the Bee Liners instrumental focus, subtly mixing Sam Morrow's syncopated banjo runs and Rachel Renee Johnson's Celtic fiddle rides as if they were atmospheric pop interludes. Further, he capitalizes on guitarist-songwriter Buddy »»»
Dixie Bee-Liners
Judging only from the name of the band and cover art on thisextended-play CD (8 tracks) that depicts a Kenworth barreling down some unseen highway, it might be easy to assume the Dixie Bee-Liners to be some sort of local honky-tonk band, specializing in a repertoire that's chock-full of Red Sovine and Dave Dudley covers. As it turns out, however, they're a pretty stylish and accomplished bluegrass quartet - based in New York City, of all places - with a knack for sounding both traditional and »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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