Triple play of songwriting talent


The White Horse Black Mountain has a history of presenting some of the finest singer-songwriters in the region, and on Thursday, March 16, the venue offers up three masters of the craft.

Jon Carroll and Don Dixon have been touring together recently, doing a combination of solo and duo performances. They’ll be joined by longtime friend Jimmy Landry.

Jon Carroll emerged on the pop scene at age 18 as a founding member of the Starland Vocal Band of “Afternoon Delight” fame. Since then he’s established himself as a performer, arranger, producer, songwriter and instrumentalist. His songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers and Tom Jones, and he performs with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dixie Chicks, Rodney Crowell, Peter Wolf among many others. His lyrics have been compared to the spare wit and insight of writers John Prine and Annie Proulx, accompanied by soulful and rhythmic arrangements.

“Jon Carroll is a one-man band, a poet, a songwriter, a singer of every kind of song and above all, a musicians’ musician,” Mary Chapin Carpenter has said. “I can also attest to his being a not-to-be-missed performer.”

Don Dixon’s production credits read like a Who’s Who of ‘80s jangle pop, including college radio luminaries like REM, The Smithereens, Guadalcanal Diary and Marshall Crenshaw. He played for 13 years with North Carolina cult heroes Arrogance and, between production duties, has released several albums of his own music. His solo work is informed by his exposure in the studio to a wide range of music, helping him developed a deeply soulful style that carries over into his collaborations. Dixon’s songs affirm his love of classic pop melodies and spiky wordplay a la Nick Lowe.

Jimmy Landry has been a fixture on the Asheville music scene for the past 20 years, performing not only his own songs but helping to bring other talented musicians to the area. He’s shared stages with icons like David Crosby, Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Stevie Ray Vaughn and local favorite David Wilcox and has been featured at major festivals like Kerrville, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

In 2008 Landry received a life-threatening diagnosis of congestive heart failure. But with treatment and lifestyle changes in place, he continues to share his great songs, personal warmth and sense of community with audiences.

All about the song

Who: Jon Carroll, Don Dixon, Jimmy Landry

When: 7:30 p.m. March 16

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $12 advance, $15 door