Bill Emerson - Heart Roots Music



Bill Emerson - Heart Roots Music
“Bill Emerson embodies the best of what
bluegrass music is all about. “Dancin’ Annie”
couples Bill’s precise, crisp banjo playing with
soulful vocals to give the listener nearly three
minutes of bluegrass perfection. It’s excellent!”
-- Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction
Bill Emerson
& Sweet Dixie
Called a banjo legend by the Washington Post and twice awarded ‘Banjo Player of the
Year’ by the Muleskinner News Bluegrass Magazine, Bill Emerson is one of the most influential musicians in bluegrass music. As a soloist and a member of the Country Gentlemen,
banjoist Bill Emerson has left his mark on the contemporary bluegrass scene, pushing country music’s most conservative genre in fresh directions.
Beginning in 1957, Bill established himself as a banjo virtuoso and history maker alike!
He was a founding member of the famed bluegrass ensemble the Country Gentlemen; billed
as a featured artist while with Jimmy Martin during the height of that bluegrass legend’s career; the man who introduced the classic “Fox on the Run” to bluegrass; and was the founder
and shaper of Country Current, the world renowned bluegrass ensemble of the United States
Navy Band.
Bill performs with his band Sweet Dixie, featuring a well-rounded group of seasoned
bluegrass musicians. Wayne Lanham on mandolin and a ‘bit of fiddle’, is an outstanding
singer, writer and arranger. Teri Chism on bass,
provides exceptional lead and harmony vocals
to the band. Tom Adams on guitar, provides a
third lead vocal.
Sweet Dixie plays easy to listen to traditional to modern country style songs with a highly
identifiable style. The band includes no less
than three great lead singers, each with their
own distinct style. Listen to their vocal harmonies and you’ll find no others that compare.
Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie are available to perform at National Festivals,
Concert Series and Private Events. Previous festivals include;
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, PA • Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, PA • Prescott Bluegrass Festival, AZ
Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, OK • Hickory Festival, PA • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Bluegrass Festival, NC • Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts festival, WV • Bill Monroe Bean Blossom, IN
Booking, contact Liz DiSessa at Heart Roots Music • 508-274-2951 • [email protected] • CDs available online
The Gospel Side
of Bill Emerson
& Sweet Dixie
NEW CD Release
September 2015
Rural Rhythm Records
Dancin’ Annie
Bill Emerson &
Sweet Dixie
March 4, 2014
Rural Rhythm
Total Length: 38:32