The Dixie Bee-Liners
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The Dixie Bee-Liners

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE

Chicago, IL | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2002
Band Americana Roots


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Rich instrumental layers soak Ripe, flavoring the Bee-Liners’ unique bluegrass sound like the rum of an aged musical fruitcake. Brandi Hart’s bell-like voice sings stories of love and tales of personalities, written by her and Buddy Woodward...Twelve songs start strongly with traditional sounds on a new classic, radio chart-topper, Down On The Crooked Road...Ripe should tempt new tasters to bluegrass as well as those who cheer on its development and love a show of skill. - Debora Wilbrink, Bluegrass Music Profiles


"I was immediately struck by their warmth, and the sucess with which they merge a more modern approach to songwriting with the traditional forms of bluegrass and old time music." - John Lawless, Bluegrass Blog


"...a ground-breaking project featuring a fascinating new sound that combines old-time, bluegrass and the band's secret ingredient into something that is captivating...breathtaking... This is a band that's boldly going where none has gone before...not afraid of minor chords and best of all, [they] have perfected the art of making things sound lonesome with their command of the modal sound."
- Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio


"If you mix equal quantities of old time, folk, and bluegrass you come close to describing this unique CD. The female vocalists must have come from heaven because they are too good for this planet... You need to listen to this CD several times in order to fully apreciate the beautiful lyrics to each song..." - Al Shusterman, KCBL "Backroads Bluegrass"


"...I intended to play a couple of cuts, but wound up playing the ENTIRE ALBUM after callers kept asking who that was, and station personnel wanted to hear more and more. I've never done that before! It just kept getting better and better with each song. It's so regreshing to get in new music that good that was written by members of the band...I'm already looking forward to the next release!" - Rusty Brown, WEPG Radio


"Every once in a great while a new release comes across our desk that introduces a band that we know is going to be the next big thing in bluegrass music...The Dixie Bee Liners are one of those bands...pure to the bluegrass tradition and the vocal performances are beyond words. They are profoundly talented and the sound is their own. The bluegrass music scene should brace for this new album...[five stars]." - Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report


"From the opening instrumentals, to the clear fresh vocals and the subtle background harmonies, 'Down on the Crooked Road' draws in the listener. The lyrics paint a picture of the music and its heritage to the point that it gave me goose bumps. Our show's tag line is 'Bluegrass...Virginia's Classical Music,' and the Bee-Liners have done it proud!" - Gary Williams,, "The Ole Dominion Jamboree"


"Rarely do songs get stuck in my head like the ones from RIPE. Brandi's and Rachel's vocals and harmonizing make you daydream. The band's songwriting is especially impressive. Rarely is a band's second CD or project this ultra-good!" - Nina Schnipper, KDNK "Smokin' Grass"


"These seasoned musicians have taken Bluegrass to the next level...its like stepping into the pages of an American Civil War novel. Get ready to catch Bluegrass Fever all over again!" - Powersource magazine


"This is a brilliant record, no doubt about it...remember when T-Bone Burnett figured out the way to sell five million Bluegrass records was to make 'Man of Constant Sorrow' a rock song? Wait'll the suburban good ol' boys hear RIPE." - Tom Petersen, Victory magazine


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




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

Band Members