The Dixie Bee-Liners

The Dixie Bee-Liners

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

They've been called "Bible-Belt noir." Unmistakably beautiful and undeniably original, The Dixie Bee-Liners released their first album in 2005 and quickly became THE acoustic music act to watch. Boasting an innovative blend of folk-rock complexity with traditional bluegrass roots, The Bee-Liners won awards, topped charts, and tour internationally for a decade. Although the sun has set on the band, their music lives on.



To purchase a copy of Through My Screen Door, visit our online store.

In the fall of 2011, The Dixie Bee-Liners traveled to a remote corner of Easthampton, NY, to begin work on an exciting new recording project. It was our hope and expectation that the album would redefine the band's sound, incorporating a broader palette of electric instruments into our signature acoustic style.

We were thrilled to create music in such an inspiring and serene location, affectionately known as the "Groove Shack." We returned several more times throughout a nine month period, honing the most joyful, honest music we'd ever crafted. When I listen to the music that was gestating during this time, I hear camaraderie and humor. I hear the thrill of artistic risk, of pushing ourselves into new musical territory. I hear an enthusiasm for the creative process which reminds me why I first put pen to paper as a songwriter.

Fast-forward to present-day, and the sun has quietly set on The Dixie Bee-Liners. What was initially a hiatus has now become a conclusion. We have gone our separate ways, and yet, I feel it's important to share our final musical creation with the people we care about.

This selection of tracks, entitled Through My Screen Door, offers a candid glimpse into the unfinished and unadorned final moments of The Dixie Bee-Liners. They are a snapshot in time: musical sketches riddled with moments of truth and inevitable mistakes. I feel they're worth hearing -- even beautiful -- just as they are.

I hope you agree.


Brandi Hart

Lead Singer and Co-Founder, The Dixie Bee-Liners


Lord, Lay Down My Ball & Chain

Written By: The Dixie Bee-Liners

(c) Hart, Woodward, 2004, 2005

Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
Gonna trade this hammer for a walkin' cane.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.

Milk 'n honey over in the glory land.
Jesus, won't you guide me by my hand.

Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
"Yes, sir, no sir"... a working man's refrain.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.

Jesus, Jesus, I'm suffering in sin.
Lord, my soul's as blistered as my skin.

Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.
Sun gonna shine... moon gonna wax and wane.
Lord, lay down, lay down my ball & chain.

Holy whirlwind rode Elijah high
Fly me home to meet him by and by.


Written By: The Dixie Bee-Liners

(c) Hart, Woodward 2003, 2005

Davy, you let the wheels go 'round.
Davy, you been a-coverin' ground.
You knock it, and you shake it --
You're a-lettin' that engine pound.

Davy, it's been a downhill drive.
Davy, you're doin' seventy-five.
Boy, you'd better brake it just to
get around my curves alive.

Well, the piston pumps, and the rubber burns.
Your heart skips a beat when you're takin' them turns.
Look out, boy, better slow it down
'cause you're ridin' that rig right into my town.

Davy, you're at the county line.
Davy, and when my whitewalls whine,
boy, you won't mistake it.
You'll be lookin' for an exit sign.

Davy, I'm a blacktop queen.
Davy, I got a wide machine.
Lord, you're gonna rake it
when you're scrapin' that shoulder clean.

Well, the piston pumps, and the rubber burns.
Your heart skips a beat when you're takin' them turns.
Look out, boy, better slow it down
'cause you're ridin' that rig right into my town.

Davy, I'm on a shotgun spree.
Davy, you can't run from me.
I'm gonna heartbreak it
in my cherry-red '63.

Lost in the Silence

Written By: The Dixie Bee-Liners

(C) 2002, 2005 Hart, Woodward

You begged me to lie upon your breast, and trembling I complied.
All lovers ache to be caressed, so I laid down softly by your side.

A shady spot down by the creek and moss beneath my head,
your wordless touch just made me weak on that cool, green-velvet lovers' bed.

Lost, I was lost in the silence of love.

Your kisses urged me here and now and warmed my pale, pale skin.
I brushed a curl upon your brow and wondered if it was a sin.

You murmured, "Love, a price you'd pay if I gave you a child,"
and as you swore you'd never stray, I watched your eyes grow wild.

Lost, I was lost in the silence of love.

Though by the river I go weep for loss of your embrace,
it's promises you would not keep that make me hide my face.

Now they may hear me sadly sing, "Bring back my blue-eyed boy."
Your babe into this world I'll bring though your love I no longer enjoy.

Lost, I was lost in the silence of love.

Lost, I was lost in the silence of love.

Lost, I was lost in the silence of love.


2009, Pinecastle Records
- - - -
2008, Pinecastle Records
- - - -
PRIME CUTS OF BLUEGRASS VOL. 90 (featuring the DBL track "Down On The Crooked Road")
2007, KBC Music, Inc.
- - - -
TIMELESS FLYTE: A TRIBUTE TO THE BYRDS (featuring the DBL track "Change Is Now")
2007, RRO Entertainment
- - - -
2005, Betty Troublesome Records (BT-001)
- - - -
UPSTATE MANHATTAN (featuring the DBL track "Lost in the Silence")
2005, 207 Records

* The Dixie Bee-Liners' have unveiled their new YouTube video for the hit single "Down on The Crooked Road." The video can be viewed at or at

*The Bee-Liners will be featured in Columbia Artist Management's "New Stars of American Roots Music" tour in autumn 2009 and spring 2010.

* In the spring of 2007, the band signed with bluegrass label Pinecastle Records and released their Pinecastle debut CD, "RIPE", on April 15, 2008.

* Their single "Down On The Crooked Road" spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report bluegrass chart in 2008. The single enjoyed a simultaneous #1 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles chart.

* "RIPE" has also achieved two #1's on the Bluegrass Now Fan's Choice Top 20 chart, and has garnered two Roots Music Association Award nominations for the band -- Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year.

* The Bee-Liners provided the soundtrack music for the Civil War movie "Freedom," which premiered July 30, 2007.

* The Bee-Liners' self-titled debut CD entered the Roots Music Report bluegrass chart at no. 14, spent spent 56 weeks on the Bluegrass chart, 9 weeks in the Top 10, and was voted one of the Reviewer's Top Five Picks by Bluegrass Now.

* The band is sponsored by the Gibson Musical Instrument Company, Saga Music and Red Bear Trading Co. (makers of Tortis picks).

* Kenny & Amanda Smith are released "Changin'," an original song written by DBL co-founders Brandi Hart & Buddy Woodward, along with Tim Stafford of Blue Highway.

* The band's CDs are available through Miles of Music, CD Baby, Amazon, among many other online resources.

* DJ's can get FREE broadcast quality downloads of the Dixie Bee-Liners' debut CD, and their current single, "Down On The Crooked Road," at Radio Submit:

Set List

At least 3 long sets worth of music, with dozens of originals, bluegrass standards, gospel, & instrumentals to chose from. Depending on the audience, we can tailor our shows to appeal to either traditional or non-traditional bluegrass fans, as well as Americana, country, rural folk, old-timey, or a mix of all of the above...a few non-standard covers, too.

Lost in the Silence
Old Charlie Cross
Dixie Gray To Black
Brown Eyed Darlin'
Down The Crooked Road
Black Butterfly
Grumble Jones
Cornbread Stomp
Jefferson Railroad Line
(I Need) Eighteen Wheels
Yellow-Haired Girl
She's My Angel
My Heart's Breakin' In
Roses Are Gray
Albion Road
Why Do I Make You Cry
(Lord Lay Down My) Ball & Chain
Find Out
Bugs In The Basement
Been Doin' Time

I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers
The Kitten & The Cat
Take Me In The Lifeboat
I've Waited As Long As I Can
Jet Airliner
Shenandoah Breakdown