Maiden Dixie



Combine their signature, passion filled country rock sound with an energy that burns brighter and hotter than the “The Star of the North” that is the motto for their home state of Minnesota and the result is a Maiden Dixie show. Just ask any of their fans at any concert venue on their 2014 tour schedule, or better yet come see it for yourself!

In the fall of 2011, an eclectic mix of interesting characters burst onto the Minneapolis music scene. The band mates of Maiden Dixie, comprised of four music/composition majors, two Iraq War combat veterans and a former Division One basketball player, combined their talents, their experience and their love of music to form a true bond with audiences at venues large and small.  In just three short years that potent mix has made the band’s live shows one of the most sought-after tickets at venues across the Midwest.

In the late fall of 2013, the band entered a Nashville recording studio to capture the same sound, the same energy, the same passion that is the hallmark of their live shows. With Jim “Moose” Brown (co-writer of “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”) in the producer’s chair, Maiden Dixie recorded seven brand new songs. Then with a collection of music that was firmly rooted in country rock, but drawing from the experiences of each member’s unique life story and influences, they headed back out on the road with their new CD entitled Little Black Dress.

Still on the concert trail in support of Little Black Dress, Maiden Dixie is already looking to bring their music to a larger audience. Working with the team at The Music Works and The Thompson Entertainment Group, Maiden Dixie is scheduled to return to the studio this winter to work on a new release that will coincide with the start of their, as yet unnamed, 2015 concert tour.

Meet The Band

Jesse Becker – Guitar, Vocals

Musical Influences: Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Tom Petty, Marty Stuart, Dierks Bentley, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Keith Urban, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hobbies: Staying active and fit, working hard, lovin’ my family

Favorite Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

What song would you secretly love to cover?  “California Love” -Tupac

What CD is in your stereo right now? Wade Bowen

Channing Himes – Vocals


Musical Influences: Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, Joss Stone, The Band Perry

Hobbies: Running, dancing, playing cards

Favorite TV Shows: “Walking Dead,” “One Tree Hill,” “The Office”

My favorite career moment… “Hearing our original song, “Smooth Talkin’ Man,” on the radio for the first time.”

My least favorite career moment…”When I was in a show that required me to dance with a large snake around my neck…I am terrified of snakes…”


Jonathan Krentz – Guitar, Vocals

Musical Influences: Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Led Zeppelin, Brad Paisley, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard

Hobbies: Golf, outdoor activities, my fantasy football league, bar games like pool, darts and ping pong

Favorite Ice Cream: “Anything with peanut butter and chocolate chips.”

The first song I ever wrote…”My hometown of Watertown, MN was having their 150th anniversary. They had a songwriting contest; to enter you had to write a song about Watertown. So…I wrote a deep intellectual piece called “The Watertown Song” I think I was in the 8th grade and took 2nd place. I won $100 bucks and I’m pretty sure that’s the biggest check I’ve received for a song I wrote…maybe I should’ve quit while I was ahead.”

My musical hero is… “Vince Gill…my all time favorite singer, amazing guitar player, prolific songwriter…he does everything…so well…too well…and his wife is hot…on second thought…I hate him!”


Drew Sherman – Bass

Musical Influences: Captain Beefheart, Stravinsky, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Hendrix

Hobbies: Working on VWs, smoking a cigar, good bourbon

My favorite car: 1977 VW Campmobile

My favorite career moment…  “Going to those small bases in Iraq that never see any big acts come through, we could literally see morale improve when the soldiers started dancing.  That’s music making a crappy situation just a little bit better.”

The book that is on my nightstand… Frank Zappa’s autobiography


Zachary Scanlan – Fiddle

Musical Influences: W.A. Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Chris Thile

Hobbies: Walking, sitting, tomatoes

Favorite song: “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal

What do I sing in the shower… Gregorian chants

What would you never guess about me… “I really like airports.”


Tyler Kloewer – Drums

Musical Influences: Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Drake, J Dilla, The Roots, Bruno Mars, Motley Crue, The Lumineers

Hobbies: Besides playing and making music… rock climbing, playing basketball, barbequing, golfing.

Favorite Food: “Barbeque! Meat and veggies fresh off the grill, chicken, steak, burgers, you name it.”

My first childhood crush on a star was… Britney Spears

The title of my autobiography would be… “Beat It- The Life of Drummer Tyler Kloewer”





On Homegrown Show March 15, 2015

Argus Leader Article

Kickin’ Country 100.5 Souix Falls, SD

Broadcast To Service Members Overseas

 Maiden Dixie On KARE 11

 Sun Patriot

 Twin Cities Media Blog – Acoustic CD Release Party

Maiden Dixie Plays The Cabooze

City Pages – Maiden Dixie Review at The Cabooze



  • :The band was Awesome! They put on a great show and were well received. Very nice people to work with.” Geoff-Loessfest 2017
  • “Maiden Dixie was a hit a the 2016 MN State Fair!  They had a good draw and they made a lot of new fans here! Please convey my thanks to the band for being so good, professional and fun to work with!” Nate-2016 Minnesota State Fair
  • “Maiden Dixie did great and they were a pleasure to work with.  Very easy going, nice folks and we had a great show.  I appreciate the follow up, I always expect it from The Music Works. Troy-Concerts by George 2016.
  • “The band was great, nice people to work with, we want them back next year.” Paul-Rutabaga Festival 2016
  • “Maiden Dixie was awesome and loved by all. They put on an enjoyable, upbeat show and had people dancing- just what we like to see! Set up and take down went smooth thanks to Chris- he’s worked our stage before. Thanks! It was a pleasure working with you!” Emily-Milaca Fine Arts Council 2016
  • “It went really great, all we ever hear are compliments about those guys! Such a fun group and such great people! I hope to book them for next year soon, let me know when the ideal time is for me to do that.” Taylor – Riverside Pub Outdoor Show 2016
  • “Wow! I am still getting compliments on how good Maiden Dixie was over a week later!” Jim-Pioneer Railroad Days 2016
  • “The band was incredible and very nice people as well. We loved them! Ed-Lake City Waterski Days 2016
  • “The band was excellent!  Very easy to work with and it was a phenomenal, very musical show as always.  Love those guys.” Jeff-Joetown Rocks 2016
  • “Great job Friday night.  The Show was great…  It was a great mix of music.  You were a great group to work with! Thank you.” Bob-Robert’s Good Neighbor Days 2016
  • “They were really good! We had an excellent crowd, the biggest yet. They did just a great job for us!” Mike-Jackson County Mn Fair 2015
  • “Maiden Dixie put on one heck of a show. They had a nice variety and performed with a lot of energy. Jessie and the rest of the band were very also easy to work with. They held a good crowd right up until midnight. I’m very happy they finally made it to Joetown. Tell them thanks. And thank you Gregg for all your help!” Richard-Joetown Rocks 2015
  • “The band did a great job and sounded really good.” Lee-Buffalo Concert Series 2015
  •  ”Maiden Dixie was very good, everyone loved them. Nice people and very easy to work with. We had great weather and a very good crowd.” Robert-Crosslake Music Series 2015
  • “We had rain close by but they sounded great and drew a good crowd.” Otis-Blaine Festivals 2015
  • “They did very well and were excellent!” Michael-Elk River Park and Recreation 2015
  • “THANKS SO MUCH for helping us get Maiden Dixie & Rebel Queens booked this past weekend. They were were INCREDIBLEE!! We were blown away by Rebel Queens too and I think they had a blast. We are gearing up for next year already! Thanks again!!” Barry – Worthington Wind Surfing Regatta and Music Festival 2015
  • “The band did an excellent job again this year, everyone had a great time!” -Chad-LTD Ride and Concert 2014
  • “The band was awesome! We had a turnout of 600 people for our first time doing this fundraiser, which made it a huge success! The band was great to work with and everyone had a wonderful time. We want them back for next year!” -Tim -Cosmos Space Festival 2014
  • “Maiden Dixie did a great job…all the way around.  I told them at the show when I thanked them I want them on board again this year and at next year’s show.”  Bob-WeFest 2014
  • “They did awesome and people loved’ em.  Would like to book again!” Mark-Bloomington Park and Recreation 2014
  • “They were great! Just fantastic. We want them back next year.” Mike-Jackson County Fair 2014
  • “They were great!” Wade-Chippewa Valley Country Fest 2014
  • “I appreciate the follow up Gregg.  Maiden Dixie was great to work with and we’ve received great comments and feedback from the public and onsite staff.It was a great fit for our 4th of July event.  Very easy and friendly group of people to work with, from the band members to the audio/lighting folks.” Chris-Woodbury 4th of July 2014
  • “They did great! We loved having them. Everything went smoothly and the band was great to work with. They were just fantastic!” Melle – Plymouth Civic League 2014
  • “The band did really well! They held the crowd all night, we saw lots of Maiden Dixie fans come out, the tent was packed, it was crazy fun!” Shawn-Delano 4th of July 2014
  • “Maiden Dixie exceeded my expectations. We had a very nice crowd of roughly 300 people and they performed well.   Another solid recommendation Gregg!” - Mike, Oakdale Park and Recreation
  • “Maiden Dixie did great. Our crowd loved them and they drew very well. They are really nice people to work with. I would highly recommend them!” Joe Bennett, Bennett’s St Patricks
  • Day Party, Bennett’s Chophouse, St. Paul 2014 
  • ‘We love Maiden Dixie!” Debbie-Parks Marina 2014
  • “Despite the cold weather, the band did an amazing job. They held the crowd all night! They are a great group of people to work with and we would be delighted to have them back for future events!” -Karl, Bogarts 2013 New Year’s Eve Bash
  • “I thought that they were wonderful and all of the feedback I have received has been positive.  At this point I would plan on having them back next year!” David Metropolitan Corp. Corporate Event 2013
  • “They were excellent! All the fair board members were very impressed with the band. We were very happy with them and they’re great people to work with-very professional. I would highly recommend them!” Mark-McLeod County Fair 2013
  • “They were AWESOME! Everyone has been talking about how good they are since they played! Great people to work with as well. Very nice and professional.” Tina-Q.T. Commercial Roofing, Corporate Event 2013
  • “The band did a great job, people loved them!” Deb-Maple Grove Town Green 2013
  • We had many compliments on the band, they did a great job. We would highly recommend them! John Mower County Fair 2013
  • “They were awesome-we want them again next year!” Mike-Carver County Fair 2013
  • “Maiden Dixie did fantastic! people really liked them. They were easy to work and friendly, and their music appealed to all ages. We recommend this band highly!” Barb-Crow Wing County Fair 2013
  • “They were great! We have never seen our crowd dance from the first song of the night until the last. They are an incredible band, the best we have ever hired. We want them back next year!” Jason-Kraut and Wurst Days 2013
  • “The band was absolutely FABULOUS!  It was a phenomenal time!  They were so much fun and everyone just LOVED them! Thank you so much!” -Mr & Mrs. Brady Skaff Wedding
  • “They were great! People liked the band a lot-they sounded awesome. Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the female singers. We want them back next year.” Mike-Jackson County Fair 2013
  • “GREAT!! They did an awesome job! Received a lot of compliments… Did better than expected!! Would highly recommend them, and in fact already have! Many of friends now are fans!! Thank you very MUCH!!” -Margaret Lindholm/Chad Johnson Wedding Reception
  • “The band did fantastic!! We had over 2,000 people attend! They did unbelievably well. Could not have have been happier with the performance!!!”-Pritchard Auto Company: Ryan Pritchards
  • “VERY GOOD! We were surprised they drew as well as they did. We got a lot of compliments on the band! Would highly recommend them!!” -New Brighton Stockyard Days
  • “VERY GOOD!! One of our favorite bands!” -Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
  • “The band was fantastic! We will use them again in the future!” -Riverside Bar
  • “Had the biggest crowd ever on a Friday night!! Great to work with! They did great!”       -World Champion Watercross
  • “VERY good job! Want to use next year. They were excellent!” -34th MP Rememberance Ride
  • “Loved the band!!” -
CBS Radio/Pet A Palooza 2012
  • “I look forward to working with Maiden Dixie every time they are in the club, not only do they bring tons of talent but the energy for the show is always 100%. They are becoming one of the favorites at the club by both the crowd and the staff, and one of my personal favorites. If you haven’t seen them you should and if you’re not booking them, you should. Never had a bad show for us!” -Barry Zenner, Rollies Rednecks and Longnecks, Sauk Rapids MN
  • “The band did a great job, we can’t wait to bring them in again” -JT Maple Tavern Maple Grove, MN
  • “They were just super! They brought in a nice young crowd we haven’t seen here before. We want them back!” -Lois Melcher Floyds Victoria MN
  • “Our event was great!  The band sounded awesome!    We have no complaints!  The band was great to work with – sounded fabulous & all of our employees had a GREAT time!” -Teri Powers - Human Resources Assistant / Stellar Industries, Inc.
  • “Band did an awesome job.  Very courteous, on time and easy to work with! We would absolutely recommend and use them again!” -Central Bank
  • “They are in a word, phenomenal! Just the nicest people to work with, and they are an awesome band. They filled my club the very first time in! I’ll take them anytime they are available.”  -Charlene-Timbuktu Decatur, Ill 2013
  • “The band was great, we had a great turnout despite the weather, they are just super to work with. Nice people, very cooperative with moving the location due to rain.” -Heather, Assumption Fest 2013
  • “The band did very well for us. They were prompt, professional, courteous and everyone really enjoyed them! They are very nice people, and just great to work with. I recommend this band highly.” -Scott Maynard- Minnesota 4th of July 2013
  • “Everything went awesome and Maiden Dixie was a hit! Got a ton of very good comments on their performance. So the question is… can we book Maiden Dixie again for next year?” -Chad, LTD Ride 2013



Listen to Maiden Dixie’s new single “Smooth Talkin Man” at th


Sample Song List

  • Cruise – Florida Georgia Line

  • Good Girl – Carrie Underwood

  • Drink in My Hand – Eric Church

  • Springsteen – Eric Church

  • Drink Myself Single – Sunny Sweeney

  • Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

  • Am I the Only One – Dierks Bentley

  • Honeybee – Blake Shelton

  • Look it Up – Ashton Shepherd

  • You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

  • Country Girl – Luke Bryan

  • Stay – Sugarland

  • Heart Like Mine – Miranda Lambert

  • Only Prettier – Miranda Lambert

  • Some Days You Gotta Dance – Dixie Chicks

  • Won’t Be Lonely Long – Josh Thompson

  • Sold – John Michael Montgomery

  • Our Kind of Love – Lady Antebellum

  • You Look Good in My Shirt – Keith Urban

  • Here For the Party – Gretchen Wilson

  • Im Outta Here – Shania Twain

  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

  • Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

  • Fishin’ in the Dark – Emerson Drive

  • Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt

  • Lookin’ for a Good Time – Lady Antebellum

  • Famous in a Small Town – Miranda Lambert

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll – Led Zeppelin

  • You Wreck Me – Tom Petty

  • Down In Mississippi – Sugarland

  • I’m the Only One – Mellisa Ethridge

  • Joker – Steve Miller Band

  • Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones

  • Fast As You – Dwight Yoakum

  • Hurts So Good – John Mellencamp

  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock

  • Come Together – The Beatles

  • Kerosene – Miranda Lambert

  • Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

  • Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash

  • Something More – Sugarland

  • Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites

  • Save a Horse – Big and Rich

  • Gunpowder and Lead – Miranda Lambert  


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