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Linthead StompThe Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South$
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Patrick Huber

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832257

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807886786_huber

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A Blessing to People

A Blessing to People

The Dixon Brothers, Howard and Dorsey

(p.216) 4 A Blessing to People
Linthead Stomp

Patrick Huber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Carolina textile singer and songwriter Dorsey Dixon, who, at birth, was a puny, oxygen-starved baby weighing only three pounds; what in the vernacular of the day was called a “blue baby.” “I heard [my parents] tell friends and neighbors many times that I was a blue baby. Which I did not understand,” Dixon later explained in one of his autobiographical writings. “But I have learned that such babies requared the greatest of care by doctors and nerses. and was right up next to imposible to keep one of them from slipping out from the living. But a great unknown Power kept me. and I made it.” Dixon's pious Christian parents interpreted his near-miraculous survival as a sign that God had spared him for what they frequently referred to as “a great purpose.”

Keywords:   Carolina textile singer, Dorsey Dixon, blue baby, unknown Power, Christian parents, great purpose

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