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

Jazz Fusion: Birds of Flame, Jan 15, 2011

First listen to the Birds of Flame at the Greenfield Grille in Greenfield, MA.

The Greenfield Grille is a cozy bar/restaurant with a great set up for the band. There were crescent tables with table cloths, candles, dinner and drinks. Nice ! The band had a stage with a dance floor in front. This gave them the space they needed both to invite the crowd to groove to their sensational vibe, and they also used the area to totally jam out with each other during the show.

The Birds of Flame bill themselves as a tribute band to the great Mahavishnu Orchestra of the 1970's and 1980's. They are jazz fusion, rock, funk and world music. Their Facebook page mentions Weather Report as well. The members are :

Chris Devine - Violin
Bob Cummings - Keyboards
Chris Dixon - Guitar
Randy Tougas - Bass
Gary Rzab - Drums

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