Crossing the Mason-Dixon with North Mississippi Allstars (Virginia Beach & NYC)

North Mississippi Allstars
The Jewish Mother
Virginia Beach, VA
April 2, 2012



When the North Mississippi Allstars took the stage at The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach, the hundreds of fans that crowded the floor started to groove before front man,  Luther Dickinson, could play the first chord of “Shimmy She Wobble.”

With most of the audience gathered around the stage, the evening had a feeling of being more like an intimate house concert — with Luther and bassist, Chris Chew, bantering back and forth with the crowd — as opposed to a rock concert.

This night would be one of Chew’s last performances as he is “pursuing other professional endeavors” (most likely returning to the road behind the wheel of a tour bus as Luther discussed with Honest Tune here) and will not perform with the Dickinson brothers from April 13 through May 4.

But on this night, the three were on target with Luther living up to his “new guitar god” status bestowed upon him by Rolling Stone, Chris Chew playing hard funky fills and Cody Dickinson alternately between his primary duty as a drummer and his other faculties: guitar, washboard and hitting stuff with wiffle ball bats.

When Cody stepped to the front and began jamming on his electric washboard, Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” came to mind with its discordant out of this world sound.

After a solid two hour and change outing, the guys came back for 4 more songs to finish the night; once again proving that they most definitely live up to their name.

Mark Robbins

 Setlist (4/2/12) :: click image to enlarge

(Scroll down for a gallery from the show and coverage from 4/6 in Brooklyn)


North Mississippi Allstars (with Leroy Justice)
Brooklyn Bowl
New York City, NY
April 6, 2012



The night in North Mississippi New York night was one that was guest friendly.

Opening up the evening was Leroy Justice, whose gritty brand was the perfect fit for warming up a hungry NMA crowd. However when added elements included the headlining front man, Luther Dickinson, as well as Arleigh Kincheloe & Jackson Kinheloe (Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds), the one-off ensemble made a case to the room that their very well may be the one that dominated the evening,

The North Mississippi Allstars had other plans… and guests of their own.

As Chris Chew’s time in the North Mississippi Allstars continued to draw closer to a forthcoming brief hiatus (4/13/12-5/4/12), the trio hit up the Brooklyn Bowl. As announced on 4/10/12, Pierre Wells will perform in Chew’s place during his absence, so the two night run at the Bowl, that began on this night, was quite the special occasion from jump street.

As is the case with many a trip to the bowl, members of the Royal Family, Soulive and Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Lettuce’s Nigel Hall, stopped in to turn what would have been a great show into one that will go down in the NMA annals.

Hard and fast  improvisation was the name of the game, to the point that the guys enlisted the help of their video guy (the gentleman responsible for all of those beautiful projections that have been displayed as backdrops at recent gigs), Shelby Baldock, who also drums in his own Memphis based band (Soul Scrimmage) while Cody tore through Psychedelic Sex Machine on the washboard.

Once again, Luther and the gang + guests Nigel & Kraz proved that their brand knows no bounds.

With Luther now taking on two new projects, a new band with The Wandering (featuring Shannon McNally & Amy LaVere) and the release of his solo instrumental effort (that Honest Tune got an exclusive glimpse of when Luther played two tracks from the disc in Chattanooga), Hambone’s Meditations, the future is bright for the Allstars, Songs of the South Records and all things North Mississippi.

– Vernon Webb & Honest Tune




Shake Em’ On Down, Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down, Boogie > Sugartown,  Jellyrollin’ All Over Heaven, Shake (Yo Mama) > Lord Have Mercy On Me > Stay All Night,  Mississippi Boll Weevil, Goin’ Home, *Just Like A Bird Without A Feather > *Goin’ Down South > *Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, #Moonshine,  @Psychedelic Sex Machine, ^%Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On) > ^$I’d Love To Be A Hippie > ^$Will It Go Round In Circles, ^$Mark On The Bus > ^$Feels Like Rain, ^The Meeting, *Po Boy (Long Way From Home) > Snake Drive

Encore: No Mo > Write Me A Few Lines > Drop Down Mama > Someday Baby

Notes: * Luther Dickinson Solo, # Luther And Chris Chew Duet, @ With Shelby Baldock On Drums, ^ With Nigel Hall On Organ, $ With Eric Krasno On Guitar


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this show.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from New York by Vernon Webb

(Scroll down to view photos from 4/2/12 in Virginia Beach)



Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from Virginia Beach by Mark Robbins