March 29, 2007

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Rockin’ county/countrified rock
Tom Dixon Band gets ‘em line dancing
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

One would think that, since the Toby Keith concert a few months back sold out quicker than a heartbeat, country music bands would run rampant in New Hampshire.

But, in fact, there are only a few country bands in the area. There are even fewer places to watch them perform.

The Tom Dixon Band is a country rock band from Londonderry that’s been pumping up the country music scene for the last year.

This summer they will open for new Nashville country singer Dusty Drake in the Country Fest in Portsmouth.

“We wanted to go more towards the rock side of modern country when we first started, but we also weren’t too sure how people would take it, since it wasn’t the traditional style of playing country music,” said Tom Dixon, founder of the band.

“It turned out that people went crazy over it. Most of the bands around don’t play that type of country but they’re playing the more traditional stuff,” Dixon said.

The Tom Dixon Band is Dixon on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Tom Elby on lead guitar; Wayne Cochrane on bass, lead and backup vocals; and Randy Hansen on drums.

The Tom Dixon Band is getting ready to celebrate the release of their first album, Rock Hard Country, which features all original material.

“My style of writing is a little more rock than it is country. It’s country but it’s got that rock edge to it. It’s not as much twang. We don’t have any of that extra fiddle or steel guitar or anything like that which you would find in some country music bands. It’s just that hard guitar sound, a little more edgy bass and drums, the typical four-piece rock band lineup,” Dixon said.

Although it’s more country rock than traditional country, Dixon said it can definitely be identified as country music. Dixon said they’ve even got some fans aboard who claim they don’t like country music but they do like The Tom Dixon Band and their country rock.

The Tom Dixon Band also plays a number of cover tunes, from Johnny Cash to Tim McGraw.

Their pride and joy, though, is getting people to line dance to a song that’s not country but classic rock.

“We play anywhere from a real country bar with line dancing and the whole deal to a place where you’d never expect to see a country band,” Dixon said.

Lot bit country
What: Debut CD release party
Who: The Tom Dixon Band
When: Saturday, March 31, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased beforehand.
Where: The Workmen’s Club, 183 Douglas St. in Manchester
For more information: To get tickets to the show, or to hear song samples, go to myspace.com/tomdixoncountry.