Colby Dix - Vermont Singer Songwriter

Colby Dix, singer songwriter from Dover, Vermont is worth a good listen if you're in that region. An independent agent of many talents, he is often found doing solo gigs at local venues. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, with studio experience throughout the Northeast. He has a broad range of experience with which to draw, while entertaining you in the spontaneous spaces you may find him.

colbydixwebHe warms the unsuspecting crowd with acoustic covers of soul and contemporary favorites; Marvin Gaye, JMraz, REM, John Mayer and then he adds some interest to the set with some of his own works. He has some demos posted in various places around the web. He doesn't take himself or his music very seriously as he writes about it, but then he categorizes himself in the 'alternative weepy' genre of music. "Too Far (To Drive)" was a good sample and a hinted to me of  Tom Waits, (but I compare everyone to either Waits, Zeppelin or Westerberg these days, so who am I to muse).

His voice has a good range for different styles. It seemed to change with each track, remaining unique to his take and continued to surprise me. He is friendly and approachable, yet not intrusive to the subtle subtitles that could be wafting through the crowd. Everyone has a story, and his background character quietly steps forward when you're out and about in the Mount Snow area.

So enjoy the beautiful Green Mountains, and fold into a local pub or restaurant if you see Colby Dix posted as the artist.  

Out On The Tiles

Mike Gent of The Figgs at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA 2013

Mike Gent at Club Passim, March 25, 2013.

In support of Kevin Bowe and The Okemah Prophets - Read that review here.

What do The Figgs, Graham Parker and (the) Candy Butchers have in common? Mike Gent. A fabulous guitarist, who hates technical errors, because "reverb makes him nervous." Everything he played at Club Passim was clear as a bell. Vocally, Gent is focused, with a sound as warm and dreamy as Joe Jackson, and a timeless rebel spirit, as funky as Elvis Costello. His recorded guitar work can wail like a metal shredder, but there is a lot of acoustic finger picking too. This live show was one surprise after another. A surprise to Gent as well, was his set list. Changing it mid-stream, self effacing when the lyrics trailed off, he created an atmosphere that included everyone in the room. He delighted Club Passim on a Monday night with original songs, covers and all out requests.

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