Ben "Lid" Dixon is an American singer-songwriter known for writing lyrics that explore poetic structures in interesting ways (and an obsession with hats). He has been compared to Elliot Smith, Paul Westerberg, and Jeff Tweedy.
Dixon grew up at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His childhood home was actually a log cabin that didn't get TV or radio reception more than it did. By the time Dixon was in his 20s he had a lot of catching up to do musically -- not knowing anything about The Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, etc. The cabin was filled mostly with sounds of Waylon & Willie, Sons of the Pioneers, and Merle Haggard, which Dixon didn't appreciate until later in life. Albums like Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary concert and Return of the Grievous Angel did Dixon a great service by introducing him to a variety of artists performing songs that clicked with his musical tastes. He started writing his own songs.
After a solid 8-years of studying drugs1, Dixon landed in Washington DC. It was there he wrote and recorded 2 albums. The first, "Bohemian Kings," was released in 2000 and established Dixon's lyrical prowess and affinity for crafting dark portrayals of lost souls and rambling spirits. The second album, "Silk & Cotton," builds on the styles introduced on the first album but with a few more hooks. It was never officially released.
After finishing "Silk & Cotton," Dixon moved to Austin, Texas. Oddly, it was there he decided to take a break the artist side of music. He focused his energy on the indie record label, "B.O.S. Music." Although Austin was rich with music Dixon loved, he moved to Philadelphia, PA within a year. The music scene in Philly was a great match for Dixon. His unofficial hiding ended and he began popping into open mic nights to "test-drive" new material and opening a few shows for friends.
In 2022, Dixon record 5-song EP entitled, "Parlor Trick" at Stout Studios in Fort Collins, Colorado. The EP includes 4 original songs and a cover of the Scott Nola's, "Bad Liver / Broken Heart."
So, "who is Lid Dixon," you ask? When asked that exact question he replied, "That is a great question. If you figure it out, please let me know." Talk about cagey...just look for the guy with the nice "lid."
1 Dixon earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky, yet no one ever calls him "Doctor."