As we reached Nashville, we were lucky enough to speak to Drew Dixon about his music and his experience of volunteering for Musicians on Call.
Drew Dixon grew up in a musical family in South Carolina and picked up his dad’s old guitar at seven years old. Initially inspired by another native South Carolina band Hootie and the Blowfish, he worked his way through his dad’s record collection and other contemporary music all of which ultimately informed his musical style. He is a storyteller and describes his music as a mix of Delta blues and Southern Gothic. He is certainly a man who can paint a picture with music and words and the icing on the cake is that he delivers all this with a voice that could melt butter at a thousand feet. Drew has also volunteered as a musician with Musicians on Call from the very early days of the organization.
We spent some time chatting with Drew about his career as a musician and about the impact he sees music have on the patients he plays for as a volunteer as well as the impact volunteering has on him personally.
We would strongly suggest checking out Drew’s music and getting out to see him live if you can.
Also, if you like the sound of volunteering for Musicians on Call, you are in luck, they are looking for new volunteers all over the country right now! You can find out more about it here.
As a reminder, Musicians On Call (MOC) brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients, families, and caregivers in healthcare environments. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. As the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals, Musicians On Call volunteers have performed for more than one million individuals through bedside and virtual programs across all 50 states. MOC believes that everyone should have access to and benefit from the healing power of live music. It has been demonstrated that music has a direct effect on people and can manage stress, alleviate pain, and improve blood pressure, outlook, and overall mood.
To read more about our cross-country fundraising trip for the National Independent Venues Foundation and Musicians On Call, click here. All donations go directly to your chosen organization. To donate to NIVF, click here. To donate to Musicians On Call, click here.
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