Bob and Lynn Dixon will keep on learning old songs and dance tunes for as long as they are allowed, sharing their favorites with everyone who wants to listen or dance along. They love playing for people and send thanks to all of you who listen to live music!
Along with their sweet duet harmonies, Bob plays guitar and mandolin, Lynn the fiddle and guitar. If there is room Bob might add in 12-string guitar or low-tuned guitar. Their music draws heavily from the early days of recording in America – The Carter Family, the Delmore brothers, Charlie Poole, Ernest Stoneman, and the like – old songs that never grow old.
Both Bob and Lynn were fully immersed in the ’60s folk boom when they met in a college music theory class. Although involved in many kinds of music, more and more of their time is spent playing and exploring old-time songs and fiddle tunes. Known for doing “the best Carter Family in town” they keep finding more Carter Family songs to sing. From Tommy Jarrell and others, they have lately been learning some hard-driving, fiddle-centric songs.
In 2012, Mike Sawyer’s “Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project” CD involved many local musicians, including Bob and Lynn. Lynn likes the connection between tunes from Scandinavian immigrant fiddlers in Minnesota and the pile of Nordic tunes she has learned from friends. Bob is involved with Mike’s next project. More midwestern tunes are on their way to the Bob & Lynn Dixon show.
Bob & Lynn Dixon perform at many Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) events. Their participation in the August 2012 festival was full of highlights: a main stage performance; a “Duets by Marriage” showcase with Robin & Linda Williams and Bob Bovee & Gail Heil; teaching of old-time backup guitar workshops; and a showcase of Swedish dance tunes, together with Renee Vaughn and Pam Longtine with teen fiddlers from Sweden and Minnesota adding to the fun. In addition to festivals, Bob and Lynn perform at coffee houses, farmers markets, and house concerts in and around the Twin Cities and are glad to perform at private events. They have taught workshops in duet-singing, old-time guitar, and Nordic fiddle tunes. They also play in dance bands for contradance, English country dance, and family dances.