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JON CARROLL and DON DIXON with Jimmy Landry Appearing Thu Mar 16th 2017 at 7:30pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Jon Carroll

At age 18, Jon Carroll was a founding member of Starland Vocal Band, recording the #1 Pop hit “AFTERNOON DELIGHT”.

The group went on to be nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, and won 2, for Best New Artist & Best Arrangement for Voices. Since then, Jon has not slowed down as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and musician.

His songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt (Her 80’s hit “Want Love? Get Closer!), Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers, and he performs with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks, Peter Wolf, Eric Lindell, Luke Brindley and countless others!

His work has been recognized repeatedly over the course of many years by the Washington Area Music Association (or WAMA), with Wammies for Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Song and Album of the Year.

As a songwriter, Carroll has been likened to artists as disparate as John Prine and E. Annie Proulx, with songs as insightful as they are rhythmic and soulful. He’s an in demand hired hand, and performs as well with his own band, but to hear Jon perform solo in an intimate setting is an all too rare treat!

“Jon Carroll is a one man band, a poet, a songwriter, a singer of every kind of song and above all, a musician’s musician...and I can also attest to his being a not-to-be-missed performer.”
~Mary Chapin Carpenter

“... now the most reliable sideman in Washington, D.C., puts out another just mere months later.”

“...a vibrant reminder of what Carroll does best, whether it's conjuring vintage R&B/soul sounds, or composing evocative ballad(s) which manage to bring to mind both novelist Annie Proulx and John Prine, or coming up with a country ditty as innocently engaging as On the Front Porch.”

“...he headlines this session with talent and charm to spare.”
~Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

“When I received the CD I couldn't wait to listen and pick a song to play on my radio show here in the Nashville, TN area. That’s where I have a problem. There are so many good cuts that I can't choose which one to put into regular rotation. So, I play them all. I know as an artist, you would prefer for me to concentrate on one song at a time for promotional purposes, so I will need you to advise me on what tune you are pushing. I guess my very favorite is ‘Joined At The Hip’ due to my love for R&B and horns. I don't know, every song is GREAT!!”
~Steve “Daddy-O on the Patio” Jarrell
WSGI Radio
Springfield, Tennessee

Don Dixon

Don Dixon was born on December 13, 1950 in Lancaster, South Carolina. His college roommate was the writer Bruce Brooks.

Dixon is considered to be one of the key producers of what is called the jangle pop movement of the early 1980s. He spent thirteen years as a member of NC cult heroes Arrogance. Around 1983, Dixon attracted attention by co-producing with Mitch Easter, R.E.M.'s landmark debut LP Murmur. He then spent several years producing the work of varied artists including Chris Stamey (formerly of The dB's) and The Smithereens. Considered to be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene's Run Now EP (co-produced with T Bone Burnett). This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut Most of the Girls Like to Dance (But Only Some of the Boys Like To), a further affirmation of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky, Nick Lowe-inspired wordplay.

After producing wife Marti Jones' Unsophisticated Time, he released his second solo effort, Romeo at Juilliard, in 1987 and the live Chi-Town Budget Show a year later. After 1989's EEE, Dixon's recording career went into hiatus for several years and he returned to producing, helming efforts for the Smithereens, Richard Barone, and James McMurtry before finally releasing Romantic Depressive in 1995. Another lengthy hiatus preceded the early 2000 release of The Invisible Man and its 2001 follow-up, Note Pad #38. His latest release, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room followed in summer 2006.

Besides his life as a musician and producer, Don launched an acting career playing an alcoholic director in Todd Graff's 2003 film Camp

Jimmy Landry

Washington DC native Jimmy Landry has been a fixture on Asheville's lively music scene for more than two decades. He's shared stages with musical icons as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Crosby, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Party Larkin and many more, and has been a featured performer at prestigious festivals like Kerrville, The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Landry brings his great songs, memorable voice and passionate enthusiasm, all tied together by his powerful sense of the power of community.

Jimmy has served as a catalyst for so much of what's happened in the Asheville singer/songwriter scene's over the past quarter century.    He's brought many nationally renowned performers to the area and he's served as a supporter and encourager of  numerous other local artists.

In 2008 he received a life-altering diagnosis of congestive heart failure and faced an uncertain future.  Jimmy's life took an 180 degree turn as his entire focus shifted to staying alive.       So the opportunity to celebrate another year of life means much to Landry.     To be able to celebrate another year with two of his closest friends in the musical world makes it even more special .

Jimmy, being Jimmy, is reluctant to shine the spotlight on himself.     He's very modest about his own accomplishments in spite of high praises heaped on him by others.  But Jimmy's not shy about wanting to help others out.    A switch to a healthy lifestyle saved his life and Jimmy is committed to encouraging others to take care of their health.    

Excerpt About Jimmy Landry from an  article in the Black Mountain News:

"......In 2008 Landry was living the busy life of a singer-songwriter, one who brought talented musical acts to the Swannanoa Valley. Landry helped grow the music scene in storied local venues like McDibb’s and the Grey Eagle, before the latter moved to Asheville.
One day in 2008, feeling under the weather, Landry decided to visit a doctor. He learned that the discomfort he had dismissed as indigestion was actually a heart attack. The cardiologist also told him he had congestive heart failure. Textbooks, he was told, indicated he had six months to live. Or less.......
Sharing his love of music and performance are Wood and LaMotte, who have been Landry’s friends for about 20 years. An influential musician in the area and beyond, LaMotte inspired Landry to move to Black Mountain in 1990s......
Landry’s move to the Valley had a significant impact on the music scene throughout the area, LaMotte said.
“Jimmy hosted a series at the Grey Eagle when it was in town and brought some pretty great names and solid, well-known songwriters to the community,” LaMotte said. “He’s brought his famous friends from elsewhere to come play in this town, but he’s also really encouraging to young folks that are just getting started and not as well-known. He’s been happy to share the stage to give them a boost.”