Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Marti Jones & Don Dixon

The Miners

Fri, May 25, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Marti Jones & Don Dixon
Marti Jones & Don Dixon
MARTI JONES & DON DIXON have been performing together, off and on, for over twenty years. This longtime partnership has resulted in an intimate stage rapport as well as the seamless blending of two of the most distinct voices around today. With over two hundred songs in their collective recorded catalogue, you never know quite what to expect when they hit the stage, but rest assured their performance will feature thoughtful lyrics and heart-felt singing.

Marti Jones is a singer and painter originally from Uniontown, Ohio. Jones was initially a member of the band Color Me Gone, who recorded one EP for A&M Records in 1983. Her first solo album, 1985's "Unsophisticated Time" (A&M), was produced by Don Dixon. Jones and Dixon subsequently married, and Dixon continued to produce all of his wife's subsequent albums. Two more albums for A&M followed in the 1980s, each of them featuring a wide range of supporting musicians (including Marshall Crenshaw, Mitch Easter, The Uptown Horns, Paul Carrack, T-Bone Burnett, Darlene Love and many others). Jones' sound encompassed jangle pop, ballads, and even southern-style soul material. Her voice and singing style reminded some observers of Dusty Springfield, who mined a similarly eclectic field of pop music; others compared her voice to that of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, or Annie Lennox.

Jones' albums featured both original material (mostly written by Dixon, or Dixon and Jones together), and covers of songs by singer/songwriters such as Janis Ian, Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, Jackie DeShannon, Richard Barone, and Graham Parker. For a move to the RCA label in 1990, Jones relied more heavily on original material and adapted a somewhat more adult-contemporary sound.

At the age of 35, Jones decided to settle down and have a child. It wasn't until her daughter, Shane Marie Dixon, was 4 years old before she made another album, my "My Long-Haired Life". Having cut her characteristically long hair when she became a mother, the album alludes to her life of singing back when her hair was long. The album's cover shows a self-made painting of Jones sitting in a barber's chair, her golden locks strewn upon the floor. On subsequent recordings, she returned to her customary mix of originals and covers.

In the past few years, Jones has curtailed her singing career and has focused on painting (under the name Marti Jones Dixon). She did, however, tour with singer/songwriter Amy Rigby as "The Cynical Girls" in 2005. Then in 2008, she and her husband released Lucky Stars: New Lullabies for Old Souls a download-only album credited to Marti Jones & Don Dixon. Billed as an album of "calm, soothing music" (and as a departure from both Jones' and Dixon's previous sound), it featured six vocal songs and five instrumentals. In fall of 2009, Jones toured with her husband to perform a series of live acoustic performances.

Don Dixon has devoted his entire life to the popular song. Whether working as a singer, songwriter, musician or producer, he has always tried to capture the essence of his life in the moment.

He began playing and recording in his mid-teens, co-founding ARROGANCE, a band that helped forge the North Carolina scene which brought the world Let's Active and The dBs, along with dozens of other bands that followed in their wake. Dixon went solo in 1983 and has released nine CDs. In March '08 Don released his latest album, "The Nu-Look" which features his long-time touring band, Jamie Hoover and Jim Brock. After twenty years on the road together, Jamie named the group "Don Dixon & the Jump Rabbits".

Dixon's writing, production and session credits include REM, Hootie & The Blowfish, Counting Crows, The Smithereens, Joe Cocker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marti Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, James McMurtry, Ronnie Spector, Matthew Sweet, astroPuppees, Baby Shaker, Richard Barone, Jim Brock, Mark Bryan, Kim Carnes, Caitlin Cary, The Connells, Pat DiNizio, The Edison Project, Fetchin Bones, GB Leighton, The Golden Palominos, Guadalcanal Diary, In Tua Nua, Tommy Keene, Let's Active, Moxy Fruvous, The Red Clay Ramblers, Snagglepuss, The Spongetones, Chris Stamey,, The X-Teens and dozens more.
The Miners
The Miners
The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly). Originally formed in 2007 out of the ashes of Keith Marlowe and Andy Shahan’s late 80’s Philly-based band Tornado 5, The Miners are known for their country-infused, guitar and pedal steel guitar laden, alt country originals influenced by the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, and Buck Owens. Co-founded by Keith Marlowe, the current line-up of Marlowe (lead vocals, guitar), Shahan (drums, vocals), and David Thornburgh (pedal steel and lap steel guitars) has been together since 2009. Sean Benge replaced Scott Donnini on bass in late 2012.

The Miners debut release, Miner’s Rebellion, a six-song EP, was released in November 2012 to critical acclaim and notable airplay. The Miners received a featured write-up on alt country/Americana’s most prominent website, No Depression, and were featured on Bill Frater’s legendary podcast, Freight Train Boogie. The release has drawn (and continues to draw) praise from alt country/Americana blogs both in the U.S. and overseas being noted for it’s excellent song writing and straight-up pedal-steel infused alt country sound while drawing comparisons to the likes of Gram Parsons, Green on Red, the Jayhawks and others. Miners’ Rebellion is currently receiving airplay on alt country/Americana radio programs in the U.S. and overseas including Chapel Hill, NC’s Wrecking Ball Radio (title track hit #1 on their weekly playlist in March 2013), Verona, VA’s Radio Free Americana (EP reached #11 on their weekly top-200) in February 2013), Indianapolis, IN’s Redbud Radio show and the Songriver show out of the Netherlands.

Miners’ Rebellion’s six tracks are all original songs penned by Marlowe and recorded entirely on 8-track ½” reel-to-reel tape over three years at Match-up Zone Studio (aka Marlowe’s basement). The tracks were then digitally mixed and mastered at Philly’s legendary MilkBoy The Studio. Miners’ Rebellion is self-released and is available in both CD (through Bandcamp, directly from the band and at select independent record stores) and digital formats through various digital distributors such as iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby and numerous others.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107