We are terribly sorry to hear of the loss of local musician Ricky, aka Dixon J Scott.
He was a very talented, well-known country music singer, both as a solo artist and with the Ridge Riders Country Band. He also ran Barnard Castle Framers shop here in town.
He worked mainly as a solo entertainer and performed with names as Bob Monkhouse, Lenny Henry, Patty Boulaye, Cheryl Baker, The Crankies, Bernard Manning, to name but a few. He also fronted a few of his own bands travelling in Europe with Squat Frog, a warm up band for festivals in Germany, supporting many famous Rock Bands.
Over the years he was in country rock bands such as Custer’s Last Band, The Sarsaparilla Kings & The Dixon Line Express. The Ridge Riders commanded some large audiences at festivals throughout the UK.
Ricky kindly contributed an amazing performance at the second Sunday Night at The Witham fundraising show in April 2019 almost exactly a year ago (see the show bill below). Despite struggling with ill health at the time, he was keen to do the show and didn’t hesitate to come along and give his all. The audience loved his performance and we remain so grateful to him for being involved.
Wonderful to enjoy Dixon J Scott singing on You Tube below – what a voice and such energy.
Our thoughts go to his wife and family at this tragic time.
Rest in peace.