Just Sing: Now I have Everything
A song by and a remembrance of Jessy Dixon:
Most southern gospel fans know Dixon in one of the half-lives of his later career as a Homecoming friend, but of course Dixon had an accomplished history in both secular and sacred music long before joining the Homecoming tour, as reader (and friend of Avery) CU recalls:
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I admired him. There aren’t many singers out there who can cover both Dottie Rambo and James Cleveland that creditably. There aren’t many singers in any genre who had the vocal control that he did, and the musical imagination to use it. I couldn’t believe how finely nuanced his keyboard was when I first heard him live, fronting a trio with two Chicago women, in a little theatre in the 70s. They were taping a show in a little theatre for Canadian radio. I was only there by accident because I’d promised to give their local pickup drummer a ride after the show, but J D and the trio turned my head right around. In his playing you could hear strains of country, stride, ragtime, and gorgeous jazz, right along with blues and soul. I thought his singing was High Art. I owe him for rekindling my own interest in any kind of gospel music that night, after having tried for years to get it out of my blood. If anybody needs to name a genre for his whole work to fit in, call it “American gospel”.