Mason Dixon (band)

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Mason Dixon
OriginBeaumont, Texas, United States
Years active1983–1990
LabelsTexas, Premier One, Capitol Nashville
Past membersFrank Gilligan
Jerry Dengler
Rick Henderson
Terry Bayless, keyboards
Terry "Caz" Casburn

Mason Dixon was an American country music trio, composed of Frank Gilligan (vocals, bass), Jerry Dengler (guitar, banjo) and Rick Henderson (guitar). The band played frequently within the Texas nightclub scene for several years and went on to tour the U.S. and Canada for several more.


The group's first single, released in 1983, was a cover of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. The group was the first act to have a Top 40 Country Billboard single on an independent record label in the 1980s, with the release of "3935 West End Avenue" in 1987. They signed a recording contract with Capitol Nashville in 1988, who released their fifth studio album, Exception to the Rule. Its title track was their most successful single, reaching the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 63 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. Henderson left the group in 1989, to be replaced by Terry "Caz" Casburn (vocals, bass). A second album for Capitol, Reach for It, was completed but never released. Rick Henderson, one of the founding members of the group died in mid December 2009.



Year Album Label
1983 State Fair of Texas Texas
1985 The Spirit of Texas NLT
1985 Only A Dream Away Texas
1987 Homegrown Premier 1
1988 Exception to the Rule Capitol
1990 Reach for It


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country
CAN Country
1983 "Every Breath You Take" 69 Only A Dream Away
"Mason Dixon Lines"
1984 "I Never Had a Chance with You" 51
"Gettin' Over You" 49
1985 "Only a Dream Away" 47
"Houston Heartache" 76 The Spirit of Texas
1986 "Got My Heart Set on You" 72 singles only
"Silent Night"
"Home Grown" 53 Homegrown
1987 "3935 West End Avenue" 39
"Don't Say No Tonight" 51
1988 "Dangerous Road" 62 Exception to the Rule
"When Karen Comes Around" 49
1989 "Exception to the Rule" 35 63
"A Mountain Ago" 52
1990 "Ride of a Lifetime" Reach for It

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "Ride of a Lifetime" Jim May/Coke Sams


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2005. Record Research, Inc. p. 235. ISBN 0-89820-165-9.

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