Dixiana was a country band formed in 1986 by brothers Mark (bass/vocals) and Phil Lister (string instruments/vocals), along with keyboardist Randall Griffith and drummer Colonel Shuford. The group was scheduled to appear on Nashville Now when they suddenly lost their original lead singer; fortunately, the Listers' childhood friend, Cindy Murphy, formerly a member of the bluegrass Wooden Nickel Band, agreed to be their primary vocalist. The group signed to Epic in 1992 and released their first self-titled album, which contained two Top 40 singles, "Waitin' for the Deal to Go Down" and "That's What I'm Working on Tonight." Dixiana followed up their debut with The Gospel Truth, an album of standards. Phil and Mark Lister then issued Classic Gospel Instrumentals, and later, Classic Country Instrumentals. The two also worked with the Nashville indie Red Horse as producers and A&R specialists.
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