The Wake Forest Listening Room

Stories and Songs from the Lassie James Novels

All Ages
Friday, March 08
Doors: 6:45pm Show: 7:30pm

Join author/photographer John Bare, musician/producer Don Dixon and special guest Brigid Kaelin for an evening of stories and songs from the Lassie James mysteries.

John Bare’s 2021 murder mystery, Fair-Skinned Brunette With the Porcelain Shine, introduced Lassie James, a journalist and part-time songwriter back on campus at UNC finishing a graduate degree. The second installment in the mystery series, My Biscuit Baby, arrives in January 2024. From the Lassie James lyrics in the books, John and Don Dixon co-wrote songs for the album, Lassie James Songbook Vol. I, which Dixon produced at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitoirum.

A writer and photographer, John was born in Winston-Salem and attended public schools in Garner, NC, where his parents were educators. He studied radio, television and motion pictures at the UNC, where he developed an appreciation for biscuits, whiskey, and live music. John shares his house with rescue dogs Winston and Isadora.

John first saw Don Dixon perform at an Arrogance show 40-plus years ago at The Pier, a club in what was then the Cameron Village underground. John photographed the 2017 and 2018 Arrogance reunion shows at Kings in Raleigh. Dixon has devoted his entire life to the popular song. Whether working as a singer, songwriter, musician or producer, he has always tried to capture the essence of his life in the moment. Dixon’s writing, production and session credits include astroPuppees, Baby Shaker, Richard Barone, Jim Brock, Mark Bryan, Kim Carnes, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Caitlin Cary, Joe Cocker, the Connells, Counting Crows, Marshall Crenshaw, Pat DiNizio, the Edison Project, Fetchin’ Bones, GB Leighton, The Golden Palominos, Guadalcanal Diary, Hootie and the Blowfish, In Tua Nua, Marti Jones, Tommy Keene, Let’s Active, James McMurtry, Moxy Fruvous, R.E.M., the Red Clay Ramblers, the Smithereens, Snagglepuss, Ronnie Spector, the Spongetones, Chris Stamey, Matthew Sweet, the X-Teens and dozens more.

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