North Mississippi Allstars: Not classic or dud, really, but Luther Dickinson sure can play

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i saw them open for the blues explosion in chicago and they were incredible. also saw them in oxford with their dad playing keyboards to about 10 people at some street festival. also, mind bogglingly great. their albums do blow, though. i've got a few early tapes (93-94?) of various covers which i must digitzie sometime. great stuff.

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Monday, 18 July 2005 01:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ah, the Double Decker Arts Festival. I was living in CA the year Richard Thompson played that. More regret!

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Monday, 18 July 2005 02:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

fwiw, here's a ysi of my favorite track from the new one. It's credited to Odetta, but I'm guessing it predates her. Either way, it has a melody that they don't get in the way of, and a nice long Luther solo in the middle.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 18 July 2005 07:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just to add to the chorus. Back in the early nineties I went to see Jim Dickinson play at SXSW in Austin. I was with some guitar player friends who had met or worked with him at one point and they were running him down as a self-important blowhard. I don't even know why they were there- it was either because they were there to see another act, or because they had heard he was playing with Chuck Prophet and they wanted to see him. In one of the corners of the place, which had had several names, I think it was called Chances at the time, was a weird guy I had seen before, doing what I had seen him do before, sitting in a corner and singing and playing guitar and blowing on a harmonica at kind of a low volume with nobody paying attention to him. He looked kind of raggedy and run down, like a street person doing a one-man band thing for tips. When the Jim Dickinson part of the show starts, it turns out this guy IS Jim Dickinson. And his band is this bunch of kids that sound great, especially the lead guitarist who's playing this far out stuff, like he's absorbed the lesson of Lou Reed's solo on "I Heard Her Call Me Name" and can now do that all night long. Eventually we find out that these are his kids, DDT had already played the day before, and that they are teenagers. And, this sounds like something out of a bad movie but I saw it with my own eyes, one of my buddies, who was a local guitar hero, pushing thirty, was practically crying, saying "Man, this is the kind of thing that makes me want to just go home and sell my guitar."

k/l (Ken L), Monday, 18 July 2005 14:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"I Heard Her Call MY Name"- it was Lou Reed, not Steve Jones.

The fact that my friend really said that doesn't detract from it coming across like an artificial note ruining my story- if I ever get occasion to tell this story again, maybe I'll have to change it up a little bit.

k/l (Ken L), Monday, 18 July 2005 14:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

their jam-band shit is, to me, one of the biggest wastes of talent ever. lame. I used to run into Jim Dickinson in Memphis, the last time was the day before I moved to Colorado. He was in a record store and in line in back of me, and I said, "what you buying?"

It was a copy of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours." "Because I like the drum sound they got..."

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 18 July 2005 16:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

their jam-band shit is, to me, one of the biggest wastes of talent ever.


btw -- worthwhile to check out is their contribution to Jimbo Mathus's first album.

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Monday, 18 July 2005 16:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't know the guy personally, but I always liked Jim D's comments in Sweet Soul Music.

k/l (Ken L), Monday, 18 July 2005 16:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jimbo Mathus is hit or miss, too. I've seen him with his Knockdown Society and it bored me to tears. Then I saw him play with Luther & Cody in the early days and he/ they were amazing. The best though was when he jumped on stage with Jack Oblivian's Tennessee Tearjerkers (apparently the two played together in a high school punk band called Jonny Vomit and the Dry-Heaves). Absolute mayhem.

I've always heard good things about Songs For Rosetta. I'll have to put that on the mile-long to buy list.

Will(iam) (will), Monday, 18 July 2005 20:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
i just saw these guys at borders during lunch. luther is just a monster. cody was on an accoustic, too. he was very focused on playing, whereas luther can just rattle that shit off in in his sleep, but he could hold his own next to his brother. great stuff.

my name is john. i reside in chicago. (frankE), Monday, 12 September 2005 18:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

holy shit, in Chicago? State and Randolph? how did I not know about this? damn.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 04:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

saw these guys tonite (well, the "duo" anyway -- Luther and Cody), and holy crap were they amazing

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 19 February 2012 10:04 (five years ago) Permalink

prolly gonna go and buy a ticket for tomorrow night as well. can't miss it. live music is the best.

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 19 February 2012 10:05 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I like his new album! Even the typical blues covers sounded OK to me--some cool arrangements.

Wimmels, Friday, 12 February 2016 03:33 (one year ago) Permalink

yikes. can't believe that show at borders was almost 11 years ago. damn, i've been on the internet for a long time.

john. a resident of chicago., Tuesday, 16 February 2016 02:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Have mostly ignored these guys as beloved-by-jamband-people-and-presumably-corny, but they aren't bad. The more jamband-y The Word is fantastic.

Comprehensive Nuclear Suggest-Ban Treaty (benbbag), Tuesday, 16 February 2016 02:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe the only real Southern rock guitar hero of his generation?

― gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, July 16, 2005 5:39 PM (10 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

uh, Derek Trucks (and Brad Paisley), among others?

Comprehensive Nuclear Suggest-Ban Treaty (benbbag), Tuesday, 16 February 2016 02:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Derek is the obvious one, I agree. Not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that. It was a long time ago. But Luther's still great.

A nationally known air show announcer/personality (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 16 February 2016 03:42 (one year ago) Permalink

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