Award-winning comedian Jesse Griffin stars as outlaw country singer Wilson Dixon in an affectionate comic tribute to country music, full of sharp observations delivered with a deadpan, surreal edge.
Wilson Dixon arrived at the The Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 thinking he was part of a world music festival. His show, The Wilson Dixon Hour was a cult hit and it scored him critical, comedy acclaim and Spanks Best Musical Comedy Act award; the country and western musical legend was surprised to say the least
That award was the first of many, and Wilson Dixon has continued to pass on his cowboy Philosophy; touring with Stewart Lee in 2008 and again in 2009, and opening for Rhys Derby (Flight of the Chonchords). He is a Radio regular on BBC Radio 4, for Loose Ends and with Rhod Gilbert on BBC Radio Wales. BBC Radio 2 swept up Wilson and offered him his own solo series and the chance to record at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios just the right place for a Country and Western Legend. The Wilson Dixon Line was the perfect four-part series that allowed the UK radio audience a glimps of Wilson’s life and all its characters in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
2010 The Fred, Winner, Best Show: Wilson Dixon’s American Dream – New Zealand comedy Festival
2010 Best Show, Nominee, Wilson Dixon’s American Dream – Leicester Comedy Festival
2010 and 2009, Best Music or Variety Act, Nominee – Chortle Awards
2010 The Press Critic’s Choice Award, Winner – World Buskers Festival in Christchurch
2009 Most Outstanding Show, Nominee Barry Award
2009 Best Local Show, Best Local Show nominee, New Zealand International Comedy Festival
Chortle said "a verbal ability up there with the greatest jokesmiths"
Best of the Fest Top Picks, Sunday Age, Melbourne Comedy Festival said "an object lesson in intelligent understated comedy"
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine said "Hysterically deadpan. One not to miss"
DB Magazine (AUS) said "Hilariously fresh and very clever"
The Nelson Mail (NZ) said "Side-splittingly funny"