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Miss Brandi Danielle Hart

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The Dixie Bee-Liners
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Presents; Brandi Hart, The Dixie Bee-Liners; John Lawless,The Bluegrass Blog; Ronnie Reno, VP of Entertainment, BlueHighways Television
Brandi Hart is a member of the Dixie Bee-Liners and has been experimenting with using social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter for band promotion. esides co-founding the Dixie Bee-Liners, she was with The Crooked Road for two years, she spent five years with Estee Lauder product and store design, and worked two years in web design and productionâ€"both freelance and at People magazine.
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By Brandi Hart (2009)
Brandi Hart is the lead singer and a principal songwriter/co-founder of The Dixie Bee-Liners. The Bee-Liners' new CD, Susanville, will be released November 3, 2009 on Pinecastle Records.
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The band is focused around the singing/songwriting team of Buddy Woodward and Brandi Hart, and Buddy tells us that the new CD will have a new music focus: "The music is all original, we will be reprising two songs from our first limited-release CD-EP, plus a whole batch of new tunes that Brandi and I wrote over the winter and spring - including one we co-wrote with Blue Highway's Tim Stafford, and another we co-wrote with producer Bil VornDick.
The band is focused around the singing/songwriting team of Buddy Woodward and Brandi Hart, and Buddy tells us that the new CD will have a new music focus: "The music is all original, we will be reprising two songs from our first limited-release CD-EP, plus a whole batch of new tunes that Brandi and I wrote over the winter and spring - including one we co-wrote with Blue Highway's Tim Stafford, and another we co-wrote with producer Bil VornDick.
In addition to Buddy on mandolin and Brandi on guitar, Ripe will feature fellow Bee-Liners Rachel Johnson on fiddle and Sam Morrow on banjo, along with guest appearances from Mark Fain and Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder) on bass and mandolin/fiddle respectively, ex-Grascal David Talbot on banjo, and dobro player Travis Toy from Rascal Flatts.
It gives an overview of the band - and their story of meeting and starting a bluegrass band in New York, and then moving to Virginia - along with a photo of Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward touring the Gibson custom shop.
Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward's clever merging of the Big Apple and the Appalachians, of Bible Belt-noir and near-holy harmonies, has swept their contemporaries under the rug and clean off the bluegrass charts.
Though they're now based in Abingdon, VA, where Hart says "there's a banjo in every pot and a picker in every parlor," Hart and Woodward first met in New York City.
During their shared gig as cast members in a 2001 Loretta Lynn tribute show, Woodward first heard Hart's honeyed voice.
This eight-track CD showcases the superlative singing and songwriting of Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward.
The Bee-Liners are Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward, both accomplished bluegrass players, singers and songwriters.
Brandi will be a showcase songwriter at IBMA's World of Bluegrass this fall, and Buddy will be appearing before audiences throughout the south this fall reprising his multiple roles in the touring show for Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Story of the Stanley Brothers, originally staged at The Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA.
Buddy credits Tim and Doug for much of this success of this new set of tracks, which also feature Ned Luberecki on banjo, and Travis Toy (of Rascal Flatts) on dobro, along with Buddy on mandolin, Brandi on guitar, Tim Crouch on fiddle and Doug Deforest on bass.
Returning to the theme expressed in the title of this post, Brandi and Buddy have recently made the move from NYC to Abingdon, both to be closer to Barter Theater and Virginia's Crooked Road project (with whom they have worked closely), and to live amongst the mountains, the music and the people where the seeds of their sound were initially sown.
Brandi Hart, a heartbreakingly good singer, and multi-instrumentalist Buddy Woodward have decided to move their act from the more frenetic New York City to the more bucolic Abingdon.
An e-mail interview with Woodward and Hart reveals a ration of goofiness but a reverence for the music and the audience.
BRANDI HART: Alan Young, who puts out the New York-based e-newsletter Trifectagram, came up with the tag.
BUDDY WOODWARD: A couple years ago a friend sent Brandi & I a notice from Craig's List about NY auditions for a touring company of the Barter Theatre's "Keep On The Sunny Side: The Story of The Carter Family.
BRANDI HART: We'd been wanting to leave New York for a long time, both for career purposes and just plain mental health.
BRANDI HART: It was clear that we needed to relocate if we're going to take The Dixie Bee-Liners to the next level.
BRANDI HART: Yeah, I wrote a LOT of songs on the subway.
BRANDI HART: As for "Bible Belt Noir," it's not meant to be sacrilegious. Once people hear us, they realize immediately that we come from a long tradition of lonesome-sounding mountain music and spooky old hymns... no matter how "uptown" we get. (And we live on 177th Street -- that's waaaaay uptown.)
No offense to anyone else in the band, but why isn't Brandi already a superstar?
BRANDI HART: Honestly, Buddy taught me everything I know.
HART: We'd love to play Blacksburg or Roanoke!
"No one would intentionally move to New York to start a bluegrass band," says Bee-Liner lead singer and guitarist Brandi Hart. "Well, no one but Buddy. And you'd just have to ask him about his sanity."
Hart and multi-instrumentalist Buddy Woodward form the core of the Dixie Bee-Liners.
Everybody did," says Hart. "We had to prove ourselves at IBMA. Of course anybody has to prove themselves in bluegrass!"
Hart moved to New York from Nicholasville, KY in 1998 to pursue modern dance. "It was a real good excuse to leave my hometown," she says.
She says Woodward refers to himself as a "Navy brat," but he spent time in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area (which is a bluegrass hotbed) and in California. The two met in October 2001, when both were working on a Loretta Lynn tribute show. "Buddy heard me sing one song and asked me to marry him and start a band," says Hart.
"I had been in a little country band that performed at parties," says Hart, "But this was really my first professional gig. I learned while I earned. I'd be onstage with my knees knockin'."
The group was originally called The String Club for Men, with Hart being the one non-male member. However, the group changed to the Dixie Bee-Liners, after a stretch of Kentucky's Highway 41.
The band really began to hone their chops at a New York club called the Parkside Lounge, one of the few places that gave local bluegrass bands a place to play.
"New York City has a lot of avid music fans, but everyone is so exhausted from working to pay rent.... You have to really hustle to get a crowd out," says Hart.
"We can't wait to get out of New York," says Hart.
BRANDI HART: Kentucky, by way of New York City.
Brandi Hart, along with songwriting partner Buddy Woodward, fronts the Dixie Bee-Liners, an emerging new band focusing on the kind of pure, unadulterated Bluegrass music that our forefathers (well, not THAT "fore" ...) listened to in the hills of Appalachia.
But Hart, 30, didn't imagine until just a few years ago that this was what she'd be doing. Despite spending her youth singing in Baptist church choirs in her home state -- living in Somerset before moving to Lexington as a kid -- Hart's experience in on-stage showmanship had seen her as a part of a rock band. Then she sought out schools in New York City to study modern dance. But none of that stuck.
"Some people grew up around this type of music their whole lives, and people always told me I should sing country," said Hart. "I guess it was sort of a rebellion against my own culture (that led me to try other things).... There's not much modern dance in Kentucky, so I was curious to see what it was all about."
Getting a bit homesick in the big city, Hart decided she'd like to start a country band. Things fell into place at a Loretta Lynn tribute show, where Hart was approached by Woodward, who liked what he heard from Hart.
"He said, 'Man, we've got to start a Bluegrass band'," said Hart of Woodward's proposal that brought the Dixie Bee-Liners to life. "So he kind of dragged me along, kicking and screaming, and here we are three years later with all sorts of good things happening."
Hart doesn't sound like she has any regrets about the way things turned out -- "(Dance) was a great ticket out of the job market in Kentucky" -- but admits she often misses the "slower pace of things" here. Still, New York has its advantages.
"I love the people in New York, they're what's so fantastic about the city," said Hart. "You always meet new and exciting people. A lot of people are here for artistic reasons; half my [apartment] building it seems are musicians and filmmakers. It's always an adventure."
And because of the myriad examples of diversity there, New Yorkers are more accepting of so-called "Hillbilly Music" than one might think.
"It's a real interesting situation," said Hart. "They like their Bluegrass real straight and real traditional. So many people who love Klezmer music (Jewish folk music) also love Bluegrass, and those who play straight folk and straight country. There's such an interesting cross-polination -- New Yorkers have a broad s
The Dixie Bee-Liners - Sweet-Pick'd for Freshness, 13 June 2011 [cached]
Brandi Hart, Buddy Woodward, and Todd Patrick Livingston will be sharing multi-instrumentalist duties... running the gamut from their usual acoustic instrumentation to dojo, telecaster, slide guitar, and much more!
"It's the most earthy and honest music we've ever made," states DBL co-founder Brandi Hart.
Lead singer Brandi Hart had this to say about the project: " Susanville is the first of several bluegrass concept records we've been planning. It's all about journeys and destinations.
Reproduction in whole or in part without express permission from Brandi Hart and The Dixie Bee-Liners is strictly prohibited.
The Dixie Bee-Liners - Sweet-Pick'd for Freshness, 25 Aug 2006 [cached]
BRANDI HART was an eager young vocalist, new on the NYC folk scene; BUDDY WOODWARD was already a veteran of the local club circuit and the beloved Alphabet City Opry.
The shows were basically's Woodward's in the beginning, but Hart soon began contributing original song ideas.
Being a Kentucky native, Hart was an eager student.
By the summer of 2002, Hart had transitioned from guest vocalist to full-fledged partner. She felt it was time the act took a more gender-appropriate name, and thus, "The Dixie Bee-Liners" were born. The two co-founders had settled on the name after reading an old article on Kentucky Highway 41, "The Dixie Bee-Line Highway."
After toughing it out in the NYC clubs for several more years, the band painstakingly gave birth to its 2005 self-titled debut EP. Sirius Satellite Radio (now siriusXM) had picked up the single "Yellow-Haired Girl," and worldwide radio airplay followed: "I remember the day we were packing the truck to leave New York," recalls Hart.
"The plan was to stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains forever," explains Hart.
But change is inevitable. Seven years, two more albums, and many thousands of miles later, the band performed its final note in concert -- appropriately enough, right back in New York City.
No longer a wide-eyed local cover band, Hart and Woodward took the stage at Jalopy in September 2012 as seasoned professionals.
"It seems appropriate to revisit the project," says Hart, "in memory of the good times and the hard times.
To stay in touch with Brandi Hart, look out for (coming soon!).
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