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Dixie Rodeo is a multi-award winning duo from Jacksonville, Florida comprised of Tamara Colonna and Bill Gibson. Both were raised in the South and were submerged in its mystique and charms. Bill and Tamara met while playing in the six piece Americana/Rock band Red Afternoon, and discovered they shared a passion for original music incorporating elements of the South and the West. Through Dixie Rodeo they express original storytelling and poetry, featuring a host of different instrumentation with unique guitar sounds and soulful harmonies. They hope their listeners will be transported to the places and the emotions of the stories they tell.
Dixie Rodeo's influences include The Byrds, The Kennedys, Lucinda Williams, The Handsome Family, Gram Parsons, and the spaghetti western sounds of Ennio Morricone and Calexico. Dixie Rodeo has coined the term "Renegade Folk" as their signature sound. Alternative, edgy, and fearless, mingled with melodic mantras that stick in your head.
Their debut CD, "Strong Enough To Float A Colt" has met with universal praise and has sold well in both the US and Europe. The follow up CD, due out in the Fall of 2014, explores deeper growth and exploration. Themes range from the Dust Bowl of 1935, The Crucible's "Abigail", enduring love, and a murder in the South.
Dixie Rodeo's song "Ten Thousand Suns" was selected as a winner for the Alternate Root Valentine Compilation in 2012. In 2014, their song, "The River's Breath" won top honors in "The Troubled Waters" national songwriter's contest. They perform at festivals, clubs, coffee houses, house concerts, private parties, and fund raisers. Giving back through music by supporting charity events is a ride they plan to continue. Dixie Rodeo is also available for pity parties and barn raisings.