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Songwriter Dixie Hall dies at 80

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Dixie Hall, wife of Tom T. Hall and a bluegrass and country music songwriter, died on Friday at 80.

Known as Miss Dixie, she wrote more than 500 commercially recorded bluegrass songs along with Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert among those recording her work.

She was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in England. Interested in country music in her homeland, she came to the U.S. in 1961 by ship for a job in the music industry. She eventually lived in Nashville with Mother Maybelle Carter of The Family.

Cash recorded two of her songs, "A Letter From Home" and "Troublesome Waters" after visiting the Carters and noticing Dixie Hall had written songs.

She met Tom Hall in 1964 at an awards ceremony and married in 1968. He continued writing, although he retired in the 1990s.

She later started Blue Circle Records and Good Home Grown Music publishing to put out music. She continued writing songs after a long respite with Tom T. Hall also getting back into writing. Lambert recorded "All That's Left" for her disc "Platinum," a swing tune.

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Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. CD review - Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T.
Tom T Hall is one of the greatest songwriters in music history. Songs from "The Storyteller" were a staple of the country music charts from the '60's to the '80s. He wrote "Harper Valley PTA," a smash country and pop song for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968 and his "Little Bitty" was a number 1 tune for Alan Jackson in the mid 1990s. As a singer, he was no stranger to the charts or to country radio in the 1970's. Since he stopped touring, he's »»»
Places I've Done Time
Originally released in 1978, this gives us another glimpse into the songwriting genius of Tom T. Hall. Known to fans as "the storyteller," Hall has written hit songs in each of the last four decades, a rare distinction for a songwriter. His recording career had some high moments, mostly during the '70's. Though not his best, this features two chart tunes, "What Have You Got To Lose" and "The Son of Clayton Delaney," a follow-up to his 1971 hit, "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died. »»»
Soldier of Fortune
While never refined or polished, Tom T. Hall has always been a fiercely individualistic artist, and this re-release of a 1980 album will do nothing to discourage his reputation for staying steadfastly true to himself. His rough and tumble singing sometimes feel like a bumpy ride on a rocky road in a car without shocks. Nevertheless, road trips with Hall are - more often than not - memorable journeys. This recording oftentimes sounds like a relic from the old country-politan days of the Seventies, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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