|Some songs aren’t written, they’re revealed. Thus, was the emergence of ‘Red Walls,’ a song which evokes imagery of today’s burning issues; violent bloodshed, the rage of injustice, fiery protest, MAGA hats and the GOP. As a little girl, Miss Bix (Leslie Letven Bixler) witnessed her oldest sister’s participation in the civil rights movement – was scared by it but was also excited to see the good fight being waged. Today, while we watch the harsh reality of police murders as they emerge on video footage, it begs the question, “Where is all this hate coming from?” Adding the huge and soul-stirring featured voice of Keeshea Pratt to the song, Bixler and Pratt share their horror at the gripping fear confronting African Americans every single day of their lives.
Miss Bix – lead vocal and guitar
Keeshea Pratt – lead vocal
Franck L. Goldwasser – lead and rhythm guitars
Ralph Carter – drums, bass, percussion, guitar
Tom Canning – Hammond B-3 and Wurlitzer
Produced by Leslie Bixler and Ralph Carter
Recorded by Ralph Carter
Additional recording by Bill Bixler & Charley Pollard
Mixed by Charley Pollard at Dragonfly Creek Recording
Miss Bix (Leslie Letven Bixler) has been writing, recording, and performing music since her early twenties. Her first international record, “Make It Right” (Syndrome Records, 1991), reached number 12 on the smooth jazz charts. The timeless collaboration with her husband, Bill Bixler (the Wild Blue Band and nightclub) continues to receive radio play nearly three decades later.
“Porcupine,” the sophomore release produced by the talented duo of Leslie and Bill, was self-released in 1999. Shortly thereafter, the birth of Leslie’s son inspired a shift in her musical focus onto children’s music. Spending several days a week leading music circles with preschool-aged children, Bixler wrote and tested several children’s songs, which attracted the attention of Dick Van Dyke and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), whose child was in her class. She subsequently produced two children’s albums, “Moon Food” with Dick Van Dyke and “Rhythm Train” with Van Dyke and Smith. Both albums received notable press from many celebrities and publications, and “Moon Food” received a Parents’ Choice Award (2006).
After raising her son, Bixler’s yearning for new musical inspiration led her to Clarksdale, Mississippi to explore her gravitation toward and deepen her passion for the blues. Working with co-producer and collaborator Ralph Carter (Eddie Money), Bixler began writing “We Don’t Own The Blues,” a collection of blues-based songs that reflect her intense, sultry, and passionate new musical direction. The acclaimed release features a stellar cast of blues and rock players including John “JT” Thomas, Franck Goldwasser (aka Paris Slim), RJ Mischo, Gary Mallaber, Bill Bixler, and Chad Smith. Peaking at #7 on the Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart, it received worldwide airplay and appeared on charts in the UK, France, and Australia.
Bixler signed with Blue Heart Records in 2020 with a plan to both release new music and reissue previous recordings, collectively joined under the umbrella of her hip new moniker, Miss Bix.