One on One


People. Talking.

The extraordinary capacity of music to change lives, to make the mundane extraordinary and the sublime just that much more beautiful, that was the topic of this issue’s One on One. You might say we hit a bunch of memorable musical high notes this month.

Born and raised in Birmingham and exposed to the magic of music at a young age, Bobby Horton is regarded by many as not only a local treasure, but a national one as well. A seasoned performer, Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian. He has performed with the musical–comedy trio Three On a String throughout the United States and Canada for 35 plus years. He has also produced and performed music scores for thirteen PBS films by Ken Burns including “The Civil War”, and “Baseball,” two films for The A&E network, and sixteen films for The National Park Service.  His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organization and publications through America and Europe.

Bobby Horton and Lynda, his wife of thirty-plus years have two adult children, Jonathan and Rachel.

Norton Dill was bit early by the music and film bug, too. When Norton was ten years old he got a ukelele for Christmas. It was a pivotal moment.Fifty years later he’s still in love with string band music. Norton owns Dill Productions, a film and video production company. The company produces TV commercials to survive  and documentary films for the love of it. He is married, has four children and four grandchildren.

Dill is also well known for his work in the ensemble The Dill Pickers. The group started out in 1999 as the cast of Birmingham’s  production of the Off-Broadway musical, Smoke On The Mountain. Even though most of the cast members had performed together in other local shows, Smoke was their first gathering as an ensemble performing group. Playing a traveling gospel singing family, the Sanders Family, the ensemble began to build a following among local theatergoers. This December they will be doing a Christmas show at Virginia Samford Theatre.

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