November 16, 2015
Dixie Hall was a music journalist, a record label owner, a publisher, and a prolific songwriter whose works have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, and many others. She immigrated to the United States from her native England and became a force in American roots music for more than fifty years. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, Hall is the most-recorded female songwriter in bluegrass history. She was an animal rights activist, a collector and encourager of creative people, and a creative and life partner to her husband of forty-six years, Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall. In her early American days, after moving to Nashville in 1961, Hall worked with trailblazing women including Mother Maybelle Carter and Louise Scruggs. Later, she spearheaded “Daughters of Bluegrass” projects that underscored women’s contributions to what for many years was a male-dominated genre. This cheerful and joyous celebration of Hall’s life and music included never-before-seen photographs, interviews with colleagues, and live performances of her songs. Guests included Sierra Hull, Rita Forrester, Carl Jackson, Chris Jones, Heather Berry-Mabe, and others.Hall was the first posthumous subject of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum.
Made possible by the Gibson Foundation, the Forum is presented annually to honor a music industry leader who continues the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.