Lid Dixon

Songwriter Lid Dixon has released two records in the last two years.  The latest release is entitled Rodeo Clown and it includes 4 songs written by Lid Dixon and a cover of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. 

The year 2024 found Dixon on roll as he releases his second EP in 12-months or so. Rodeo Clown was recorded at Swingfingers Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. It includes contributions from an impressive group of musicians, including John Magnie (Subdudes), Bradley Morse (Gasoline Lollipops), Tobias Bank (Sound of Honey, Whippoorwill), Eric Wiggs (Jake Leg), Aaron Youngberg (FY5) Christine Alice, Taylor Tesler (West Joe and the Men of Soul, Spider Cat, Ansel & the Brain Tattoos), and Erin Youngberg (FY5). 

The projected landed at Swingfingers Studio thanks to a recommendation Dixon received from Darren Garvey (Elephant Revival). Aaron Youngberg, Swingfingers owner, committed fully – producing, recording, mixing, and performing on the EP. Youngberg says, “I met with Lid and really liked his vision so I asked for demos. Once I heard the songs, I knew we had a solid foundation for a record and was excited to do it. This record is Lid’s strongest work to date.” 

The feel of Rodeo Clown is much different than previous Dixon albums. Dixon explains, “Aaron’s production style resulted in lush sounding tracks with sonic characteristics you don’t often hear in the Americana genre. If these songs are Americana – genres are confusing – maybe I crossed over to rock.” 

Rodeo Clown marks Dixon’s 4th collection of studio recordings. He released two LPs in the early 2000s and then took a hiatus from recording music. That hiatus came to end when he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. Dixon says, “The music scene in Fort Collins has been a real inspiration. I had been writing songs as usual, but not performing that often and not recording at all. During FoCoMX in 2022, I was really inspired to do more with my songs – these EPs are the result of that inspiration.”

Lid Dixon is an American singer-songwriter known for writing lyrics that explore poetic structures in interesting ways (and for an obsession with hats). He has been compared to Elliot Smith, Paul Westerberg, Lou Reed, and Jeff Tweedy.