2 April 2009

RISING FROM THE BUSHES - Music From Willie Dixon's Grandson

Available April 28th, 2009 on iTunes!

Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones…what do they all have in common? They have all recorded songs written by legendary bluesman Willie Dixon. But there is only one who can claim the distinction of being taught and tutored by Willie Dixon himself…his grandson, Alex Dixon! The Alex Dixon Band is releasing their debut CD titled “Rising From The Bushes” on April 28th on iTunes! This is the most anticipated album to come out of the Dixon catalog since his grandfather’s 1970 release of “I Am The Blues”.

Just as “I Am The Blues” produced the hits “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “Spoonful,” Alex’s “Rising From The Bushes” will generate some hits of its own. Alex called on some musical greats to complement his piano melodies. Included is James Gadson, one of the greatest timekeepers of the past forty-plus years, and one of the most sought out studio drummers who played on over 300 gold records. Vocalist Marcella Detroit (aka Marcy Levy) who is no stranger to chart toppers herself, is famed for her amazing vocal talents with Eric Clapton (”Lay Down Sally”), Shakespeare’s Sister (”Stay”) and Bob Segar. Bassist Gerald Johnson, who recorded and/or toured with Greg Allman, Dave Mason, Steve Miller, and Crosby Stills and Nash, is another amazing talent that added to the rhythm section. Gerald has an undeniable presence, an irresistible groove, and thick, funky bass lines laid down by one of rock music’s most unique voices of the bass guitar. Additional rhythm section talents include drummer Alvino Bennett (Koko Taylor, Dave Mason Band, L.T.D), and guitarist/vocalist Alan Mirikitani (aka BB Chung King). David Dills, who offered his vocals on several of the tracks, is another one to look out for.

Check out the bio’s of the artists that played on the “Rising From The Bushes” album and get a taste of this bands fine music by visiting their website:

Alex Dixon
James Gadson
Gerald Johnson
Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit)
Alvino Bennett
Alan Mirikitani (aka BB Chung King)
David Dills

THE ALEX DIXON BAND - “Rising From The Bushes”…Available April 28th 2009!!!


Alex Dixon was born in 1975 on the South Side of Chicago. He was taught at a very early age how to play the blues by legendary bluesman, Willie Dixon, who also happened to be his grandfather and who raised him. He learned to play the piano with teachings from Leonard “Baby Doo” Caston, Lafayette Leake and his uncle Arthur “Butch” Dixon, all which had played in bands with Willie Dixon. The spirit of Little Brother Montgomery also came into play as he was a huge influence on Willie Dixon. Alex was being groomed to play with his grandfather on the stage at an early age. He was also a part of the first Blues In Schools programs put on by Blues Heaven Foundation, in which Alex would play different styles of blues while his grandfather narrated.

Alex accompanied his grandfather on piano in shows across the country, including many festivals and clubs throughout Los Angeles and Chicago. He co-wrote with his grandfather on the Grammy award winning album “Hidden Charms”, produced by T-Bone Burnett, which was the last album recorded by Willie Dixon. Alex was raised among the “Who’s Who” of Blues, including Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Koko Taylor. He was featured in Willie Dixon’s autobiography “I Am the Blues” and in his songbook. He has co-written over 40 songs with his grandfather, some of which will be released in upcoming projects. He was also recently featured on the cover of Southland Blues Magazine and was a spotlight article in the European blues magazine Blues Matters!.

Alex, in his young thirties, is currently the only musician in the Dixon family to have written, produced, arranged and recorded since his grandfather, who was a producer, arranger, and writer for some of the most famous rock/blues songs ever. His first CD titled “The Vintage Room” was his take on the Chicago Blues sound, led by vocalist/guitarist Cash McCall. His upcoming CD, due out April 28th, 2009, titled “Rising From The Bushes” by The Alex Dixon Band, is a mixture of blues and rock, and really showcases his many musical influences. Accompanying him in the studio was legendary drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye), bassist Gerald Johnson (Steve Miller Band, Crosby Stills & Nash), vocalist Marcella Detroit (aka Marcy Levy – Eric Clapton, Shakespeare’s Sister), drummer Alvino Bennett (Koko Taylor, Dave Mason Band) and guitarist/vocalist Alan Mirikitani (aka BB Chung King), to name a few.

Alex, who is also currently Vice President at Blues Heaven Foundation, is doing his part to continue the legacy of the Dixon family and to ensure that the world will know about the “Roots of all American Music”…the blues.

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