Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Farewell, Miss Dixie

Category:  Obituary/News

"I forgot her name, but not her figure."  It's hard to believe that line, from Dave Dudley's top five hit "Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun," was written by a woman.  But it was -- by the woman lovingly known as "Miss Dixie."

Miss Dixie, better known as Dixie Hall, died Friday (1/16) after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Along with her husband, Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, Miss Dixie devoted her life to song.  A wonderful quote from Hall in the Nashville Tennessean pointed out the difference Hall saw between his songwriting and his wife's:  "She sees the trees, while all I can see is the forest."

The couple was married for 46 years.  In the mid-70's Tom T. "experimented" with a bluegrass album, 1976's Magnificent Music Machine.  Who would know that would turn into an obsession of sorts:  Tom T. and Miss Dixie were among the most prolific songwriters in bluegrass music over the past 30 years.  The couple hosted after-hours hospitality suites at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass convention and showcase.

In 2004 IBMA awarded Dixie Hall the "Distinguished Achievement Award" along with her husband for their years of dedication to bluegrass music, as writers, performers, and supporters.

Nothin' Fancy performing "Once Upon a Road,"
written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall

Dixie Hall was 80.

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