Songwriter Invitational Features Renowned Performers
at Merchants and Artists Walk
TWO FREE EVENTS IN ONE!
In Front of Colony
Songwriter Invitational (Sign up below**)
Hayfield and Crow (more TBA)
DON DIXON, RJ COWDERY
& TODD BURGE inside on the Colony Stage
Don Dixon, Todd Burge & RJ Cowdery will perform “in the round” on the stage of the historic Peoples Bank/Colony Theatre, 222 Putnam St, Marietta Ohio, at 8pm, Friday May 9th as part of Marietta, Ohio’s Merchants and Artists Walk.
This performance is free to the public and donations will benefit the theatre restoration project.
Dixon is nationally known as a performer and producer, working with acts like REM, Joan Baez, and Joe Cocker. Burge and Cowdery are both from the Mid-Ohio Valley and tour nationally. They have also worked extensively with Dixon in the past.
**Songwriters wishing to attend and share some songs please contact Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be performance opportunities in front of the theatre beginning at 6 pm before Dixon, Burge and Cowdery perform inside at 8pm. All participating songwriters will also be invited to attend a meet and greet with Jim Lauderdale at 7 pm in the balcony at The Adelphia Music Hall, Thursday May 22, before his performance with JD Hutchison. (More info here www.theadelphia.com)
Tours of the theatre will begin at 6 pm. This performance is free to the public and donations will benefit the theatre restoration project.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
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 North Carolina cult heroes Arrogance. Around 1983, Dixon attracted attention by co-producing with Mitch Easter, R.E.M.'s landmark debut LP Murmur and in 1984 R.E.M.'s follow-up LP Reckoning, also with Mitch Easter (both credited in the Reckoning liner notes as "Machinists"). He then spent several years producing the work of varied artists including Chris Stamey (formerly of The dB's), The Smithereens, Fetchin Bones and Richard Barone. Considered to be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene's Run Now EP. 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 word play. A book of his song lyrics, Songs 101: the Lyrics of Don Dixon was released in 2009 by VanZeno press.
In 2006, Dixon released his first new album in six years, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room.
In 2008, Dixon released an album with his bandmates of 20 years, Jamie Hoover of The Spongetones, and Jim Brock. Dubbing the band The Jump Rabbits, the collection is called The Nu-Look.
Although Dixon and wife, Marti Jones, have collaborated on each other's albums for years; in 2011 they released the first true Jones/Dixon album. Entitled Living Stereo, it is a collection of duets.
Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge has played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, performing concerts in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is a repeat guest on Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by the show’s host, Larry Groce. His latest recording, Building Characters was produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M. James McMurtry) and once again features Tim O’Brien & Kenny Malone.
After working for years in health care and writing on the side, Ohio native RJ Cowdery finally found the nerve to choose music as her career. Since joining the ranks of traveling troubadours, RJ has racked up major songwriting awards (Kerrville New Folk, Mountain Stage NewSong, Wildflower! Arts and Music, runner up at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and most recently the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Oregon) and fans from across the country with her heartfelt lyrics and tender voice.
“In This Light”, RJ’s 2011 release on Blue Rock Artists label, is a collection of 11 intimate songs produced by veteran Billy Crockett and recorded at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas. The CD features Cindy Cashdollar on dobro/lap steel and special appearances by Pierce Pettis, and Jonathan Byrd.
In 2008, RJ released her second CD, “One More Door,” a compelling gathering of 13 songs, a title very much reflective of the exciting promise of her current career good fortune was recorded live in only two days in Parkersburg, West Virginia with percussionist Ammed Solomon and guitarist Michael Lipton. Both Solomon and Lipton are band members with National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage. The sessions for the recording, were produced by West Virginia’s renowned singer-songwriter Todd Burge. The disc also features Don Dixon, singer, songwriter, musician and producer of such pop icons as R.E.M. Smithereens, and Marti Jones.
R. Hunt Brawley, J.D.
Director, Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association
Phone: (740) 373-0894 E-Mail: email@example.com