Dixie Bee-Liners @ Passim 1.14


If you like alt country and authentic bluegrass, you’ll want to make a bee-line for Club Passim this Thursday night at 8PM. The Dixie Bee-Liners are taking the storied Harvard Square stage to play in support of their new release, Susanville, described on their Web site as “a concept album that takes listeners on a musical road trip along America’s highways and byways.” Explains co-writer and mandolinist, Buddy Woodward, in a press release, "It’s a collection of short stories set to music. Each song is a vignette about a different person in a different car or truck in a different highway in America, and they’re all headed either to or from Susanville." The Bee-liners are fronted by Brandi Hart, a native of the Bluegrass State who was featured at the official ASCAP/IBMA Songwriters’ Showcase at World of Bluegrass 2006 in Nashville. Hart is not only a singer/songwriter but also “plays rhythm guitar, Nashville guitar, fiddle, and mountain dulcimer.”  Hart and Woodward are joined by Rachel Renee Johnson on vocals and fiddle, Robin Davis on lead guitar and mandolin, jazz-trained Jeremy Darrow on double bass, and Casey Henry on Banjo. The southern sextet is known for blending contemporary and traditional sounds, and their latest album includes not only tradition strings but also bouzoukis, dulcimers and cellos. Should be a good night to break out your best boots…and bourbon.

–Jason Rabin