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Is It Art?

by Bill Dixon

Folk and humor: a voice like honey drizzled over broken glass.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moderately Radical Blues
3:05 $0.99
2. You\'re Not the Girl
2:55 $0.99
3. Salvation Army Shoes
2:22 $0.99
4. Hello Girl / Johnny Bonzo
14:12 $0.99
5. Lost Sock Blues
1:50 $0.99
6. Freight Train
3:51 $0.99
7. Lowland Sea
4:10 $0.99
8. Goodbye Baby, Goodbye Love
2:31 $0.99
9. The Ballad of Paco and Shifty
6:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bill Dixon first picked up a guitar in 1958, and learned "Hard Travelin' " from a traveling folksinger named, "Danny O'Day". That was in Columbus, Ohio in a long-gone coffee shop called "The Avant Garde". Bill was 14, had just acquired a Harmony archtop and a black turtleneck sweater, and was a bit too young for the Kerouac-inspired hipsters in the place, but he tried to fit in.

There's been a lot of water over the dam since then: Bill worked his way through two degrees at The Ohio State University, taking weirdly diverse jobs along the way; bartender, bouncer, cook, speech writer, political campaign manager, zookeeper, radio announcer, iron worker, pet shop manager, artist, book editor, and yes, folksinger. While finishing his Master's degree, he taught school in Ohio for two years. After a brief stint in advertising, he went into banking, where he became CEO of a savings and loan association, then into his own successful real estate company.
A few years ago, Bill wrote a book, Guitar Collecting,(by Bill Dixon), which has now sold through three printings.
Today Bill is putting together his second book, on his adventures in the 1960's, and assembling a collection of poetry about Maine. He writes and performs folk and blues songs. He's also a successful artist, working in oil paints, doing sea and landscapes, nudes, work and circus paintings, and paintings of musicians. He can be found listed in Davenport's Art Reference Guide, and other books on artists. (Listed as "William P Dixon"). He divides his time between Maine and Florida. His hobbies include fishing, travel and gardening.



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Kukuun Tuttupaq

NAFTA Benefits
One wouldn't expect a tongue in cheek ballad on the benefits of NAFTA and south-of-the-border cuisine with a faint aroma of moonshine wafting over the desert! Takes a different kind of artist to come up with something like "The Ballad of Paco and Shifty," and that's Bill!


Is It Art
A wonderful CD! I got a kick and laugh from Salvation Army Shoes, and loved the Freight Train and Lowland Sea tunes. I found myself humming many of these funning and upbeat songs throughout the day!


"Hello Girl": a real nice song about a guy who's lost his girl. Next thing you know, you're stuck in a 1940's radio detective serial with Johnny Bonzo, Private Eye! Fine example of this singer-songwriter's rather quirky nature.


Witty and Fun
Love Salvation Army Shoes and Lost Sock Blues. Keep up the fine tunes Bill!

Liz and Michael Dewey

Is It Art?
True to folk song fashion Bill is a fantastic storyteller. The guitar is the melodic background to lyrics that are actually worth listening to. Laced with wit and insight it is an album anyone will enjoy.


Is It Art?
What a hoot - Salvation Army Shoes & the Ballad of Paco and Shifty made me laugh with their in-your-face political incorrectness; these witty lyrics are on par with of the pointed subtlety of Tom Lehrer! And loved the unexpected tale of Johnny Bonzo bursting out of Hello Girl - clever, humorous and fun stuff.


Is It Art?
A poet with "a way with words!" Well worth the time to listen to it. Good luck to you, Bill!