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Tom Dixon. Photo courtesy of Almorinda Photography.




Tom Dixon Band Reunion

When: Friday, June 27, at 9 p.m.
Where: Club ManchVegas, 50 Old Granite St., Manchester
Tickets: $15 at eventbrite.com 
Full schedule at tomdixonband.com  




Happy reunion
Tom Dixon joins his old band for local show

06/26/14
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com



 In early 2013, Tom Dixon moved from New Hampshire to Nashville, with a few goals in mind. As he talked by cell phone while riding across the Midwest en route to a family event in South Dakota, the country rocker looked back on the mental list he’d made to chase his lifelong dream. 

No. 1: Make his first solo album. No. 2: Work with other talented songwriters. Check and check. Late last year, Dixon released Kick Start This Party, co-written with James Dean Hicks, Karen Staley, Beau Fuller, Joe Sins and Tami Hinesh.  
“I also wanted to get into a lot of new places,” Dixon said. 
He succeeded big time, playing in front of CMA and NASCAR crowds along with Music City clubs like the Bluebird Café, and Virginia/D.C. circuit. He realized another important goal of finding a label. Dixon and Tate Music Group just announced a deal, and he’ll go into the studio later this year. 
“So yeah, I guess it’s gone pretty much according to plan. … I got a lot going on.”  
There’s one more thing. He departed the Granite State with a promise to return for an occasional hometown show. On June 27, the Tom Dixon Band will reunite for one night of music and good times at Club ManchVegas.
After Dixon headed south, his former mates recruited singer Dave Clark and became Barn Fire, playing country rock covers throughout the region. The Manchester show and a “campers only” set at Owls Landing Campground in Holderness June 28 will be their first appearances together in a long time.
“I’ve come back for some of my own shows, but this a full-scale reunion,” said Dixon. “We’re gonna do all the Tom Dixon Band songs and tear the place up, then the second set will be some of my new stuff and favorite covers.” 
Jodie Cunningham will open the show, which is close to sold out. Dixon’s fans are an enthusiastic bunch, voting him Best Country Performer at last year’s New England Music Awards, over a month after his final show in the region.
Dixon appears a week later, with a different band, at Marty’s Driving Range in Mason for a Fourth of July show. Alec MacGillivray and Rob Randlett also appear at the event. 
“It’ll be a fun time. They’re building an outdoor stage, getting it all ready,” said Dixon. “There will be fireworks, all kinds of stuff for the whole family, good food, ice cream. It’s going to be a great event to come back for.”
In August, Dixon returns for shows at familiar haunts like Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar in Foxboro, Mass., and the side stage at Meadowbrook, before Lady Antebellum perform on Aug. 31. He’s at the Caledonia County Fair in Lyndonville, Vt., on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, opening for Jason Michael Carroll. He said he missed the New England country fair experience. 
“Fried dough, apple crisp — they don’t do fairs like that down south. It’s a different culture. I’m looking forward to getting back.”
Still, adjusting to his new home was pretty easy for Dixon. 
“I’m acclimating well to Nashville,” he said. “Nobody is from there — they all come from somewhere else. But I live outside the city in the woods. I’m just a country boy, and that suits me fine. It was an easy transition, but things are different here. Everything is fried! I joke that I need to stop experimenting and go back to being good. But they’ve been really nice. I consider myself a mixed Southerner now, a bit of Nashville and New England.” 
 
As seen in the June 26, 2014 issue of the Hippo. 





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