Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie
||Bill Emerson -
was born in Washington DC and makes his home in Vienna
Virginia. He started singing and playing the banjo in1953 and went on to
become the founder of the world famous Country Gentlemen. He is one of
the most influential 5 string banjo players of all time and has recorded
and performed with more bands than any other banjo player. He has a keen
interest in fly fishing and amateur photography.|
|Wayne Lanham - is originally from Manassas, Virginia and lives in the Shenandoah Valley. He started singing and playing mandolin as a teen and has since developed his own clean, fluid style of picking. He is also a fine fiddle player. An outstanding singer, writer and arranger, Wayne is able to sing all the harmony and lead vocal parts equally well. He performed and recorded with several top bluegrass artists before joining the Sweet Dixie Band.|
|Teri Chism - was born in Morocco while her father was stationed there with the U.S. Navy. She now lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She started singing and playing guitar at an early age and came to bluegrass music in the 70s. Teri performed and recorded with several top bluegrass groups before coming to the Sweet Dixie Band. She is a superior bassist and exceptional lead and harmony vocalist. |
|Tom Adams - was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and started singing and playing the
guitar at age nine. A year later he picked up the banjo and
performed with his family's band for more than a decade. Tom first gained
national recognition in the mid 1980s as a member of Jimmy Martin's Sunny
Mountain boys. Perhaps best known for his solo recordings and two Grammy
nominated albums with the Johnson Mountain Boys, Tom has received eight
awards from the IBMA including three for banjo player of the year. He makes
his return on the guitar as a member of the Sweet Dixie Band.
|Shelby Gold - was born in Georgia and has been playing fiddle since she was nine years old. She has travelled across the United States, Canada, Scotland and England with her sister band, Gold Heart. She feels honored to be part of the Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Band. Shelby was the 'All Around Junior Entertainer' for the state of Virginia in 2006 and 2007. In addition to being a top notch fiddle player, she has an astonishing gift of songwriting and arranging and also contributes powerful lead and harmony vocals. Aside from music, Shelby enjoys going to church, hanging out with family and friends, painting, cooking and riding four-wheelers. She credits God for her musical ability.
Lynn Morris - Audio Engineer|
Lynn grew up in the small West Texas farming community of Lamesa. She was the first person to twice win the coveted National Banjo Championship in Winfield Kansas and is a three time IBMA female vocalist of the year. She is also a seven time traditional female vocalist of the year with SPBGMA. Lynn makes her home in Winchester VA and is married to award winning bassist Marshall Wilborn. She is also an artist and is active in national animal rights organizations.