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Nancy K. Dillon

Nancy K. Dillon Bio:

Nancy K Dillon | American Songs & Stories:
Echoes From the Future Meet Ghosts From the Past

Nancy K. Dillon is an award-winning American songwriter/performer possessing an extraordinarily warm and expressive voice, unique in its ability to reveal both strength and vulnerability. With a finely focused musical ear, Dillon mines a vein of avant garde Americana in her compelling tales of mythopoetic darkness and light melding past and future. She has released three solo studio albums and a 6-song EP (Live at The Royal Room). A Christmas single "In the Bleak Midwinter" was released on Rose Rock Records December 2017. Her third full-length studio album, "A Game of Swans," was released in the USA January 2018. UK/European release date is December 25, 2018.

On her newest recording, "A Game of Swans," Dillon hearkens back to her ancestral roots in Ireland, Scotland and England. Like her forebears, her gaze is firmly forward as she listens to dreams, makes plans and watches for signs leading into a new future. The 12 tracks on "A Game of Swans" contain haunting stories married to antique strains of Celtic melody migrated to America: strains that have always flowed just beneath the surface underpinning Dillon's music.

"A Game of Swans" contains 10 originals and collaborations as well as Nancy's version of songs by Drew Nelson/Janni Littlepage and Pat Long. The stories related on "A Game of Swans" draw characters from lost gold mines, haunted pioneer cabins, railroad hobos and immigrants' prayers for last chances. Simpatico musical support from uber-talented friends in America, Britain and Scotland color this new project with the perfect tones.

Inspired by the varied migratory paths taken by both her Georgia Loyalist and Scots-Irish Presbyterian forebears as they aimed towards better futures, Dillon herself took flight from her beloved home state of Oklahoma into the vast American West. Settling in the verdant beauty of the Pacific Northwest allows for road trips that still the mind and feed the imagination.

As a patchwork quilt holds pastel memories of summer dreams and dresses, Dillon's song-catcher sensibilities capture ephemera of the American story. Have a listen....hearken back....and lean forward.

Roses Guide To Time Travel | Bio 2010:
On her 2010 album, Roses Guide to Time Travel, Nancy K. Dillon maps the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac's road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma & Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kevin Welch, Dillon's songs are short stories about the various characters that populate rural American life, as well as her travels through the American West and beyond. As Dillon says "I think listeners want to go on little journeys and the best songs are like short films." Her songs are sprinkled with mandolin runs, funky banjo cuts, and the keening wail of a dobro, and incorporate elements of bluegrass, folk-rock, honky-tonk, and alt-country. Dillon's music is inspired by the past, but she's clear that her goal is to understand how her vision of Americana can exist in our digital world: "So many Americana acts try to re-create an archival version of the past or a past of the imagination. Nothing wrong with that…both are valid & important. But I'm interested in the future…where are we going ? How do we get there ? How does our past inform our journey towards the future ?" Though her music touches on our common American roots, Nancy K. Dillon's new album was built using social networks and the power of the internet to bring together a wide array of collaborators. She's not afraid to toss in a burning electric guitar lick next to a rollicking banjo line, just like she's not afraid to call out odes to "hipsters in thrift store clothes" and to talk about how "life was hard for a trainman." Nancy K. Dillon clearly has a talent for traveling back and forth through time with her own brand of "Avant-Garde Americana."

On Roses Guide To Time Travel, Dillon has brought together a host of masterful roots musicians to accompany her rustic and authentic lyrics of life on the rural backroads of America. Danny Barnes contributes his own brand of quirky banjo, Grammy-award winning dobro player Stacy Phillips guests as well, along with Gavin Sutherland (Sutherland Brothers), Steve Smith (Hard Road), Chris Parks (Any Trouble), and UK-based co-writer Ian Lang. The album was recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Garey Shelton and co-produced by Dillon and frequent collaborator, Texas singer/guitarist Michael Hill. And now that her new album has dropped, Dillon has been enjoying the fruits of her hard work. With special showcases during SXSW, a ranking in the Folk-DJ Top Albums of 2010, 3rd Coast Music's Top Songwriter Award, and reviews rolling in from across the web and beyond, 2011 is poised to be a successful new year for Nancy K. Dillon.

Descended from an Irish Mason employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Scots/English Indian Territory evangelists and circuit-riding preachers, Nancy K. Dillon was born on the plains of Oklahoma during the second Dust Bowl. Immediately upon acquiring a formal education, she hit the road without so much a plan as a desire to accumulate as many miles, experiences and memories as possible. Those included a 1980 circumnavigation of the globe in 80 days, crisscrossing the western United States in a '66 yellow Rambler American singing along with Emmy Lou & Linda Ronstadt, and jobs as a computer operator of IBM behemoths, administrator of a University of Oklahoma Indian Housing research project, photographer's model and keypuncher for a Seattle race-car parts company. All the while she pursued her musical dreams performing in bands and on others' recordings until she began writing and performing her own original songs at the turn of the century, releasing her debut solo CD Just Let Me Dream on July 8, 2004 and it's follow-up Roses Guide To Time Travel on March 28, 2010.

Nancy K. Dillon wears her Oklahoma roots on her sleeve, and looks to the road for her inspiration. This is music for traveling down Route 66, one foot out the window, and fingers drumming on the steering wheel. This is music born from the American West, from the long distances between dusty towns, and from the rough-hewn folks living along the highway. This is true Americana.
"Roses Guide To Time Travel"
~ 2010 Top Album on Folk DJ Chart
~ Third Coast Music's BEST OF 2010 ~ SONGWRITER Category
~ Billboard Honorable Mention for "O Susanna", "Last Town on the Line" and "Glory Days" (co-written with Ian Lang)
~ #20 Top Album on Folk DJ Chart
~ #22 on the FAR (Freeform American Roots) Chart
~ #15 on Roots Music Report Folk Chart / #5 in Washington State
~ 28 weeks on Roots Music Report Washington State Chart
~ "All The Pretty America" ~ Rich Warren Pick for March 27 2010's Midnight Special on 98.7 WFMT CHICAGO !
~ "Last Town On The Line" ~ Featured on Victory Music Compilation CD ~ March 2009

"Just Let Me Dream"
~ "O Susanna" ~ Featured on City of Seattle's On-Hold Podcast ~ January 2009
~ "O Susanna" ~ Top 40 Songs ~ Acoustic Pie Radio ~ October 2008
~ "Last Town On The Line" (Alternate) ~ 2008 Tumbleweed Song Contest
~ 2nd Place Winner ~ 2007 Tumbleweed Song Contest ~ "Time Travelers Lament"
~ "O Susanna" ~ received a 9.9 rating (out of 10) by listeners to Fiddles & Frets
~ "Just Let Me Dream" ~ Top 50 on Roots Music Report Folk Chart ~ April 2007
~ "O Susanna" ~ Top 20 on Acoustic Pie Radio ~ July & December 2006/April 2007 (6!)
~ "Almost To Idaho" ~ Richard Gillmann's Favorite Folk Tracks ~ November 2006
~ Finalist, 2006 Tumbleweed Song Contest ~ "Good Old Friends"
~ Finalist, 2005 Tumbleweed Song Contest ~ "Almost To Idaho"
~ Finalist, 2004 Tumbleweed Song Contest ~ "The Ballad of Mabel Dodge"
~ "Best NW Artists/Folk CD" ~ July 2004 ~ KBCS 91.3FM Seattle
~ Top 10 ~ American ROOTS Radio ~ Boston, MA ~ July 2004
~ "2004 Top Albums & Songs ~ Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart

~ Roses Guide To Time Travel: Released March 2010
~ Portland EP ~ 2007
~ Just Let Me Dream: 2004 Debut Solo Album
~ Nancy K Dillon "Live": 2003
~ Colorado Moon: 2001 EP
~ The Air Streams: The Air Streams

Nancy has appeared on the following compilations

~ Still Cookin': A Tribute to Matt Price Compilation
~ Victory Music: A Northwest Celebration Vol I Compilation ~ Live @ P&G Compilation
~ Northwest Folklife 20th Anniversary Compilation (w/Ranch Romance)

Nancy has contributed backing vocals to the following recordings

~ Ian Lang: The Whisper
~ Gavin Sutherland: The Well
~ MJ Bishop: Pull of the Moon
~ Tamara Lewis: Living Down River
~ John Nelson: Tengo Ranchito
~ Suze Spencer Marshall: Tall Boots: Rare Gems of America’s Western Music Pioneers
~ Michael Hill: Vanishing Season
~ Michael Hill: The New World
~ Michael Hill: Yours Truly
~ Marsha Reeves: Sing My Way Home
~ Kim Townsend: Wayworn Traveler
~ Phil Sampson: Little Pieces of His Heart
~ Junior Cadillac: Jr Cadillac 20th Birthday Party Live
~ Steve Bailey & the Blue Flames: Hop On Board
~ Nora Michaels & Paul Whistler: Leopardskin Revue
~ Duffy Bishop & the Rhythm Dogs: On A Journey