Don Dixon

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: power pop singer-songwriter pop new wave seen live rock soul american north carolina shady male solo artists wxrt no core locals grateful dread reflection-ites guys with great voices Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Better known as producer to a generation of influential US pop rock bands (R.E.M. , Smithereens, Let’s Active), Dixon toiled for 14 years as part of North Carolina’s Arrogance before releasing his solo album in 1985. This wonderfully titled debut consisted partly of leftover Arrogance tracks, as well as several other cast-offs and demos from Dixon’s recent history. Clearly evident, as with all his recordings, was his abiding affection for clean-cut 60s pop. Guests included Mitch Easter on a version of Nick Lowe’s ‘Skin Deep’. Indeed, if Dixon has a UK equivalent then it is probably Lowe, whose wry sense of humour is possibly an influence on the ironic nostalgia of the title track. Spongetones guitarist Jamie Hoover, Dixon’s wife Marti Jones and Easter all played on Romeo At Juilliard, an album that fulfilled the promise of the debut with a more fully realized and better-produced collection of pop songs. Picking from a vast canon...

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