Patrick Huber teaches in the history department at Central Missouri State University and is currently completing his dissertation on hillbilly music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kathleen Drowne is a fellow at the W E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, where she is finishing her dissertation on American literature of the 1920s.
Where to Find the Music of the Dixons
A superb anthology of hillbilly brother duets who dominated Great Depression radio, including the Dixon Brothers singing three of their most famous songs, "Weave Room Blues," "The Intoxicated Rat," and "Down with the Old Canoe."
This compact disc, a reissue of the 1965 Testament record of the same title (T-3301), features songs recorded by Dorsey Dixon in 1962, including "Wreck on the Highway," as well as two a cappella solos by his sister Nancy Dixon and three duets with his brother Howard reissued from their mid-1930s Bluebird records. Includes the Testament album's original liner notes, but unfortunately, the song notes, by occupational folklorist and hillbilly music-historian Archie Green, were omitted.
Another fine RCA anthology featuring white country gospel songs recorded between 1927 and 1941. The only Dixon Brothers track included in this collection is their original 1938 Bluebird recording of "I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray."