Luther Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars, Cannery Ballroom 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Luther Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars, Cannery Ballroom 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Hill Country Meet Me In The City!

Mississippi was represented by Luther & Cody Dickinson bringing North Mississippi Allstars to the Cannery Ballroom during this year’s Americana Music Festival on September 19th with solid slide and Hill Country influenced tones.

Turn it to 11 Luther - North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Turn it to 11 Luther – North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

They released their seventh album World Boogie Is Coming  [A Bukka White term]in September which was produced by themselves at their own Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, MS, aside from a day in the studio with Robert Plant (and his harmonica) at Memphis’ legendary Royal Studios. The Dickinson Brothers did it with the help of long-time friends, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sharde Thomas, Chris Chew, Sid and Steve Selvidge, Plant and others.

Lightnin Malcolm, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Lightnin Malcolm, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

 

Stud, Grandson of T Model Ford, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Stud, Grandson of T Model Ford, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

The current line-up feature well known Hill Country Blues Guitarist, Lightnin’ Malcolm on Bass, as well as a spotlight with Lightnin’s current two man juke joint drummer, Stud, Grandson of T Model Ford on a couple of tunes adding extra percussion to new tune “Shimmy.”

 

Luther Dickinson - North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Luther Dickinson – North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

It’s hard to believe that North Mississippi Allstars has been around since 1996. They established themselves bringing current great players from the most current Mississippi scene to the stages of Bonnaroo and other festivals.

Lightnin Malcolm switching to guitar, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Lightnin Malcolm switching to guitar, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

It all started about the time that Fat Possum started exposing Hill Country Blues to the world with the newest originator, Junior Kimbrough as well as the electronic re-mixes that went viral around the world of R.L. Burnside that featured a young Grandson, Cedric Burnside on drums.

Luther switches off to Bass, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery, photo - Brad Hardisty

Luther switches off to Bass, North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery, photo – Brad Hardisty

North Mississippi Allstars may have been what the great promoter; Bill Graham would have envisioned when he would put bills together in the 60’s at The Fillmore West that included blues great Muddy Waters and others along with the Modern San Francisco scene. The band is carrying that tradition along and looking at all avenues to explore and keep the Blues “in-play.”

Luther on 2 strings and a can - North Mississippi Allstars, photo - Brad Hardisty

Luther on 2 strings and a can – North Mississippi Allstars, photo – Brad Hardisty

Mississippi vibe was in the house especially when Luther picked up his electrified Diddley Bow and did “Rollin & Tumblin.”

The Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

The Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Cannery Ballroom provided great acoustics and an intimate venue of 1000 or so fans that really enjoy music.

–          Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN    thenashvillebridgeathotmail.com

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