Radio 2 plays host to legendary outlaw country singer Wilson Dixon, born and raised in Cripple Creek, Colorado, as he descends on London for a string of rare performances singing songs from his first album Wilson Dixon's Greatest Hits", his acclaimed second album "Introducing Wilson Dixon" and his album of love songs "I Love You But I Also Want To Hurt You."
In this four-part series, an affectionate tribute to the philosophy of traditional country music, Wilson expounds his viewpoints on life, love and relationships through dry, observational songs and anecdotes delivered with a deadpan, surreal edge. Wilson's sharp observations on everyday life are juxtaposed with his laid back country delivery and draw the audience into his surreal redneck world full of larger than life characters and situations.
The series will comprise of four "live" sessions, captured when Wilson was in London as part of a UK tour.
Wilson Dixon is the creation of Jesse Griffin; award winning comedian, actor and founding member of acclaimed comedy trio The 4 Noels. Since his creation, Wilson Dixon has performed extensively around Australia and New Zealand as well as headlining around the UK comedy circuit. Jesse's other acting credits include Peter Jackson's 'Heavenly Creatures' and the drama/comedy series 'Last Man Standing'. As a member of The 4 Noels, he has won best comedy awards at Melbourne and Wellington Fringe festivals.
"Dixon's deadpan patter is gut-bustingly funny, but it's his beautifully crafted songs that really impress. One of the finest bits of character comedy you'll find on the Fringe." **** The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe 2008
"with the sort of nuanced performance and subtle humour that have already made cult stars of Flight Of The Conchords. Don't be surprised if he follows in their wake...Brilliantly oddball...a cult is born" Chortle May 2008.
|01||Words Of Wisdom||20090514||20091015||Another chance to hear this affectionate tribute to the philosophy of country music. Cowboy philosopher Wilson Dixon shares his viewpoints on life, love and relationships through songs and anecdotes.|
Saddled up with sidekick Snake Wizzelteats, his observations on everyday life draw the audience into world full of larger than life characters and situations. In episode one, Words Of Wisdom, Wilson shares his observations of society and the differences between the UK and Cripple Creek.
Wilson Dixon is the creation of Jesse Griffin; an award winning comedian, actor and founding member of the acclaimed comedy trio The 4 Noels. Since his creation, Wilson Dixon has performed extensively around Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK comedy circuit. Sidekick Snake Wizzelteats is performed by Jesse Budd.
In episode one, 'Words Of Wisdom', Wilson talks about the world, and shares his observations of society and the differences between the UK and Cripple Creek. He recounts some of his experiences from his travels, his interactions with people and places, and offers his unique advice on how to live life."
|02||Sweet Home Colorado||20090521||20091022||In episode two, Sweet Home Colorado, Wilson talks about the country scene, his hometown, Cripple Creek, Colorado, and America in general. He reminisces about his isolated childhood, the people in his dysfunctional family, and the local characters that shaped his upbringing.|
|03||When Love Comes To Town... And Then Leaves Again||20090528||20091029||In episode three, When Love Comes To Town...And Then Leaves Again, Wilson talks about love and affairs of the heart. Hard done by in love, he talks about his ex-wife Maureen, who pulled at Wilson's heart like he pulls on his guitar strings. Hold onto your Stetson and get ready for the rocky ride of romance.|
|04 LAST||Uncle Wilbour's Advice For Modern Living||20090604||20091105||Wilson retells the story of how he split from his wife Maureen.|
The experience resulted in him heading into the mountains with his horse, Andrew, in order to get his life back together, with help from ageing hermit Uncle Wilbur.
Another chance to hear this affectionate tribute to the philosophy of country music. Cowboy philosopher Wilson Dixon shares his viewpoints on life, love and relationships through songs and anecdotes.
In the final episode, following his break up from Maureen, Wilson saddles up his horse Andrew and heads into the Colorado mountains to seek some guidance from his old Uncle Wilbour. What he gets instead is the the epic tale of the man with no name", straight from the annals of the Wild West.
Wilson Dixon is the comic creation of Jesse Griffin and sidekick Snake Wizzelteats is performed by Jesse Budd.
Wilson tells of how he split from his wife and then got his life back together."