Gabe Dixon is Lightning 100’s Local Artist of the Week! Gabe Dixon is an accomplished pianist and vocalist from Nashville, Tennessee. He picked up piano at an early age, citing Billy Joel and Elton John as his inspirations. By the time he was in high school, he was playing professionally in nightclubs around the city. Although he started out playing in groups, he found a solo career following the break-up of his band, The Gabe Dixon Band. His solo work includes three studio albums, two live collections, and a handful of singles. He has also worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, O.A.R., and Union Station, just to name a few.
Considering his years playing piano professionally, Dixon’s music is centered around both keyboards and acoustic piano. This is evident in “Reach (In the Middle of the Night)”, which begins with several layers of intertwined synthesizers. These synths hold a drone-like sustain up until the first verse, where they become more percussive and rhythmic. On the other hand, the drums are more reminiscent of an acoustic groove, with a tambourine added for flair. The acoustic piano comes in on a repeating riff towards the end of the song, and is the last instrument playing before the song fades out. Meanwhile, Dixon’s vocals are light and sweet, with a bit of swagger in his pitch changes.
Gabe Dixon released “Reach” on his 2021 album Lay It On Me. Since then, he has released a new live album, Live from the Soiled Dove. The album is currently listed on all streaming services, with digital purchase available through iTunes. In addition to a select few spring shows, Dixon will be on tour this summer. Tickets for these shows, including an April 10th performance in Nashville, are available here. Otherwise, be sure to keep up with Gabe Dixon through his social media, as well as his website. Also, feel free to listen to “Reach (In the Middle of the Night)” through streaming services or the YouTube video below!
Listen all week to hear “Reach (In the Middle of the Night)” as we feature Gabe Dixon as our Local Artist of the Week! Listen live on-air at 100.1FM or at lightning100.com.