Dirty Dusty Road
The Dillonaires are a family band out of Jackson, Mississippi. Dad, Sherman Lee; son, Andrew John and daughter, Anna Lee provide the voices and musical accompaniment served up with an unforgettable helping of down-home honest energy. From the worn pages of an old shape-note hymnal to brand-new tunes penned in the style of A.P. Carter and Hazel Dickens, the trip will make you laugh, sing, cry and dance. Sherman Lee, 56, likes to say the band is a case of "Ralph Stanley meets Peter, Paul and Mary." Wielding an impressive array of instruments, not the least of which are their naturally powerful and expressive voices, the Dillonaires are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. Their talents run wide and deep. Sherman Lee is a slide guitar and banjo player, and has worked as a consultant to the filming of "Brother, Where Art Thou," represented Mississippi in several blues competitions, toured Germany playing Country & Western guitar and harmonica with George Sandifer and The Mississippi Band, and has appeared on stage with John Hartford, John Prine, Riders in the Sky,& Jim and Jesse Rufus Thomas, Johnny Winter,and Little Milton Campbell. His harmonica workshops are among the most eagerly attended at folk festivals. Andrew John has a rich baritone voice, a deft touch with the fiddle, and a capacity to write songs that sound decades older than his 21 years. He's also a lot of fun to watch on stage. Anna Lee, 25, plays rhythm guitar with authority, but it's her voice that reaches out and grabs you. A soulful ballad, a tender love song, or an angry take on a woman persecuted and scorned ... all find their optimal expression in her singing. Together they offer a memorable show that will echo in your ears and stay in your heart for years to come. The Dillon family is also committed to social and environmental justice. In 2004 Sherman Lee ran for governor on the Green Party ticket, garnering more than 16,000 votes. Sherman and Anna Lee have also been the organizers of the state's Earth Day celebration for the past 15 years.