Don Dixon was born on December 13, 1950 in Lancaster,
South Carolina. His college roommate was the writer
Dixon is considered to be one of the key producers
of what is called the jangle pop movement of the
early 1980s. He spent thirteen years as a member
of NC cult heroes Arrogance. Around 1983, Dixon
attracted attention by co-producing with Mitch
Easter, R.E.M.'s landmark debut LP Murmur.
He then spent several years producing the work
of varied artists including Chris Stamey (formerly
of The dB's) and The Smithereens. Considered to
be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene's
Run Now EP (co-produced with T Bone Burnett).
This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut
Most of the Girls Like to Dance (But Only Some
of the Boys Like To), a further affirmation
of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky,
Nick Lowe-inspired wordplay.
After producing wife Marti Jones' Unsophisticated
Time, he released his second solo effort, Romeo
at Juilliard, in 1987 and the live Chi-Town
Budget Show a year later. After 1989's EEE,
Dixon's recording career went into hiatus for
several years and he returned to producing, helming
efforts for the Smithereens, Richard Barone, and
James McMurtry before finally releasing Romantic
Depressive in 1995. Another lengthy hiatus
preceded the early 2000 release of The Invisible
Man and its 2001 follow-up, Note Pad #38.
His latest release, The Entire Combustible
World in One Small Room followed in summer
Besides his life as a musician and producer,
Don launched an acting career playing an alcoholic
director in Todd Graff's 2003 film Camp.