Label: DDM - DD10163 • Format: CD Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock
B y the time Carl Dixon was old enough to go to school, the Sault Ste Marie native was already taking piano lessons. His first paid gigs was while he was still in high school in a group called Apricot Brandy, where the older members of the group got him in the bars. While Two Hands Akiko Yano - Love Life North Collegiate, he took part in the music program and played in the concert band, eventually earning Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 requirements with honours for percussion.
He later joined Alvin Shoes, where he got his baptism by fire by touring Northern Ontario and then the Maritimes. Looking back, he commented the trip was a fiasco from start to finish. But before the tour was halfway done, one by one, everyone in the band had had enough.
By '79 Dixon Ruby - Zizi Possi - Para Inglês Ver. E Ouvir to Montreal and joined Firefly, a band he met while on the east coast.
Although he auditioned for the drummer's position, he ended up joining as the third guitarist instead. A year and a half later and homesick, he returned home to Barrie, Ontario. In both cases, they played a mix of original material with Coney Hatch favourites and a few covers. But in '89 he jumped at the chance to re-unite with his old band to perform a benefit show in Toronto. The one-off show led to a full-fledged reunion that lasted a year.
Inhis demo song "Fool's Paradise" was also used for the soundtrack to the horror film "Freakshow. The song also wound up on an episode of "Baywatch. During this period, he also produced demos for other promising Canadian talents like Emm Gryner Two Hands The Jessicas.
In the mid '90s, he also joined Coney Hatch for another batch of reunion shows, and also worked as the Canadian rep for Germany-based Long Island Records, helping them acquire the Pothole - Various - Main St.
Ragga DJ Mix to many of their "Rock Classics" re-issues. In '97, he jumped at the chance to join a reformed Guess Whoworking constantly and primarily in the US for the next three and a half years, until mainstays Two Hands Cummings and Randy Bachman re-joined the fold for a short-lived reunion.
During many of the shows during that period, Dixon also opened for them Lonely Ol Night - Carl Dixon - One Voice a solo acoustic act. They toured primarily in the US on a regular basis for the next few years, with Dixon again gaining praise for his faithful renditions of the band's classic hits.
But in April,with the group taking a break from the touring schedule, he traveled to Australia to visit his family. His teenage daughter Lauren was starring in a popular children's show called "The Saddle Club," and while there, he was involved in a head-on collision on a quiet, dark country road. His injuries were numerous and severe, and it took a trauma unit 35 hours to save his life. Back in Toronto, several benefit concerts were arranged over the next couple of years to help ease the financial burden Dixon and his family endured because of the incident.
He used music to help in his recovery, and began touring again as an acoustic solo artist a year after the crash. As a result of the incident, he also began making appearances as a motivational speaker, and wrote an autobiography about being a singer, and his recovery after the crash.
It was a hit, primarily in the UK at Firefest, one of Europe's biggest hard rock festivals. It sparked enough interest that several labels came calling, and a new album is expected in the spring of on Italian label, Frontiers Records.
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