Dixie Witch – One Bird Two Stones

Dixie Witch
One Bird Two Stones

Texas-based Dixie Witch has only been playing together for a few short years. In 2001, they graced the music scene with Into the Sun, a great album that left me salivating for more. It has been a long wait for their second album One Bird Two Stones, but every second of waiting has been worth it.
I understand the word “Southern” tagged on to any kind of rock music often scares people into thinking the music is going to sound like every other Southern band that has come before with lyrics that focus on little more than alcohol and women. It’s true that Dixie Witch has evolved from the heavy blues-rock of the late 60s and early 70s complete with roots influences and fuzzed-out jams. There’s something different going on with this band though, which sets them apart completely. First, there’s the fact that Dixie Witch is a trio made up of Trinidad Leal (drums/vocals), Curt Christenson (bass/vocals), and Clayton Mills (guitar). Unlike a lot of their peers, they have no need for two or three guitars, and the sound they create is equally as immense as those bands. Also, while the Dixie Witch guys definitely write songs about the “traditional” Southern rock topics, their lyrics tend to be quite passionate and focus on a variety of themes including losing a friend and the trials and tribulations of being on the road.
The tracks on One Bird Two Stones move seamlessly between aggressive rock numbers and slower, melodic jams. While each member of the band is quite adept at his instrument, there is no overproduction or slick perfectionism – they leave their music raw and real, which is very much the way they come across in their live show. All of the 10 tracks on this album are exceptional, like the fuzzy behemoth “More of a Woman” and the sludgy 70s style “On My Way.” I love the guitar intro and generally bluesy feel of “Traveler” as well as the consummate road song “The Wheel,” which easily gives Seger’s Turn the Page a run for its money with lyrics like “another night on the road kinda drunk and feeling hazy, can’t sleep tonight, no I think I’m going a little bit crazy.” Another aspect that sets Dixie Witch’s music apart is Trinidad’s vocals; he has a wonderfully expressive voice that is a relief amongst so many “singers” who do couldn’t carry a tune if their lives depended on it. There isn’t a bad song in the bunch, and there is something here that will appeal to any fan of rock music – even those who normally shy away from anything with a Southern tinge.
As good as this album is, One Bird Two Stones is really a precursor to seeing Dixie Witch live and as something to tide you over between shows. Everything captured here is expanded on tenfold live. I think rock fans who are more than tired of much of what the music industry has been feeding them lately will find kindred spirits in this trio. I know I’m already waiting for the next Dixie Witch album or show to come my way.