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NMO: Freedom & Dreams

NMOWhen veterans of the music industry get together in the studio you know that something special is going to occur. Growing up with a deep appreciation for the delta blues and rock, Anders Osborne and The North Mississippi All-Stars (Luther and Cody Dickinson) are the perfect fit to work together and create an album.  Freedom & Dreams is a powerful statement from the Osborne/ All-Stars collaboration (NMO – North Mississippi Osborne) and brings out a wealth of emotions that listeners can relate to in their lives.  With decades of live performances and studio releases under their belts this is the first time that Anders Osborne and The North Mississippi All-Stars have had the opportunity to come together as one on an album.


Opening with “Away for Too Long,” Osborne’s soulful voice rings through brightly, as Luther Dickinson’s recognizable guitar and his Brother Cody’s drums provide a steady juke-joint style swing.  “Back Together,” the second track follows with a nice slow groove that is an emotional journey as Osborne sings of a long-lost love that has been rekindled.  Guitarist Dickinson adds an absolutely flawless solo that highlights Osborne’s heartfelt lyrics and reminds why Dickinson is quite simply one of the most inventive guitarists around today.


On “Shining (Spacedust)” the inter-play between the three musicians is at the forefront and it is easy to hear how the trio compliments each other so well.  With Osborne’s lead vocals on this slowed down tune you can hear the Swedish born singer/songwriter speak from his heart with the lyrics, “You’re shining and you’re beautiful today/ You’re radiant right now in every way.”  The Dickinson brothers accentuate Osborne’s heartfelt lyrics with a subtle taste of guitar and shimmering dose of tambourine and brushes on the drums.


The addition of the classic Osborne track “Katrina,” is the definition of the blues.  Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans and the surrounding area bringing sorrow to millions. Many musicians at the time, including Osborne and the Dickinson’s, came together to lend a helping hand by playing benefits to help people get back on their feet. With the lyrics “You pushed me and you pulled me/ You tore my heart apart,” the powerful lyrics are near and dear to trio who saw so much of the destruction up close in their New Orleans and Mississippi homes.


Freedom & Dreams shows the wide-range of this multi-talented trio.  One of the many highlights is “Many Wise Men,” an acoustically-driven tune that finds the band switching gears to a slower-mellow paced groove that is like floating on a cloud. Multi-instrumentalist Cody Dickinson, on washboard and drums, leads the way, while Osborne and Luther trade sweet, lilting guitar licks back and forth.


The album concludes with the long-time blues and New Orleans staple “Junco Pardna,” which proves the perfect capstone to this collaboration of southern-blues-rockers.

North Mississippi Allstars + Anders Osborne = NMO: Tour and album announced

NMOHernando, Mississippi’s North Mississippi Allstars and New Orleans’ Anders Osborne have collaborated on a new album entitled Freedom & Dreams and early this month.  The two artists have teamed up to tour in support of the new album.

Freedom & Dreams Track Listing:
1) “Away for Too Long”
2) “Back Together”
3) “Lonely Love”
4) “Dyin’ Days”
5) “Shining (Spacedust)”
6) Brush Up Against You”
7) “Annabel”
8) “Katrina”
9) “Kings & Peasants”
10) “Many Wise Men”
11) “Junco Pardna”

They will be hitting the road together starting February 18 at Ponte Vedra, Florida and concluding in Kansas City, Missouri on April 11. Dubbed the North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne Present N.M.O., the 25 date tour — which includes stops at such storied venues as San Francisco’s Fillmore and Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre — will feature separate sets from Osborne and the Allstars, and bring them together onstage.


• Thurs., Feb. 19  PONTE VEDRA, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
• Fri., Feb. 20  WILMINGTON, NC Ziggy’s By the Sea
• Sat., Feb. 21  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Jefferson Theater
• Mon., Feb. 23  ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere
• Wed., Feb. 25  BOSTON, MA Paradise Rock Club
• Thurs., Feb. 26 WESTBURY, NY The Space at Westbury
• Fri., Feb. 27  PORT CHESTER, NY  The Capitol Theatre
• Sat., Feb. 28  ARDMORE, PA The Ardmore Music Hall
• Sun., Mar. 1  HUDSON, NY Club Helsinki
• Tues., Mar. 3  MUNHALL, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
• Thurs., Mar. 5  GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Intersection
• Fri., Mar. 6  CHICAGO, IL Thalia Hall
• Thurs., Mar. 26  BATON ROUGE, LA Varsity Theatre
• Fri., Mar. 27  DALLAS, TX Gas Monkey
• Sat., Mar. 28  AUSTIN, TX The Scoot Inn
• Tues., Mar. 31  PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom
• Wed., Apr. 1  LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour
• Thurs., Apr. 2  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
• Fri., Apr. 3  NAPA, CA City Winery Napa
• Sat., Apr. 4  CRYSTAL BAY, NV Crystal Bay Club/The Crown Room
• Tues., Apr. 7  MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge
• Wed., Apr. 8  SALT LAKE CITY, UT The Depot
• Thurs., Apr. 9  ASPEN, CO Belly Up
• Fri., Apr. 10  DENVER, CO Ogden Theatre
• Sat., Apr. 11  KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads

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The Word to Release First Album in 14 Years

the wordFourteen years after releasing their self-titled album, The Word reconvenes for Part II of their adventure, with the release SOUL FOOD.  Recorded in both New York and Memphis, SOUL FOOD will be available on May 5th and marks the supergroup’s Vanguard label debut.

The new 12 track album features guest vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster on two of the songs. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://vanguard.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=63114_68789
In 2001, keyboardist John Medeski, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and the three members of the North Mississippi Allstars: guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew, went into a recording studio and over the next three days birthed a new band called The Word. Based on deep-felt gospel music and a huge respect for musical improvisation, the quintet weren’t sure what the results would be, but had the faith they were creating something that would last. Their self-titled debut album became a burning word-of-mouth favorite, and their live shows from that period are still being talked about today.

Their second album, naturally entitled SOUL FOOD for the nourishment it provides to all their spirits, brings the music of the band all the way home.

The Word will be touring following the release of SOUL FOOD. Tour dates to be announced soon.


North Mississipp​i Allstars To Release New Record in September

North Mississippi Allstars announce the release of their new career-defining record, World Boogie Is Coming, on September 3. This is the seventh studio record for the band recently crowned “Americana music luminaries” by National Public Radio. They produced it themselves at their own Zebra Ranch Studios in Hernando, 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 Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood, Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner’s granddaughter), Chris Chew, Steve Selvidge, Lightnin Malcolm, Plant and others. World Boogie Is Coming is the record that perfectly ties it all together, fusing all the elements that have made the Allstars special while pushing the band’s sound further into the future than ever before.

Luther Dickinson says, “It all started when Seasick Steve told me: ‘You are the one, you are the link, you have to keep it primitive and take it to the people.'” He continues, “I feel like I owe it the elders who taught me the traditional music in which I operate to let the music evolve and allow outside modern influences into the tradition to keep it alive and healthy. I realized that I had not been holding up my end of the deal. Since I am virtually devoid of modern influences, I turned to my brother Cody, who is my opposite in taste and style and loves modern music and production. Allowing Cody to produce the tracking sessions allowed me to sing and play wild and with abandon. Our contrasting styles are the heart of NMA.”

World Boogie Is Coming solidifies the Allstars’ ground while simultaneously removing the ceiling, as it not only pushes the band into sonic unknowns, but also firmly establishes a new multi-media declaration.

Says Luther, “This is not just a record but an ongoing film project. It is a soundtrack to Cody’s films. Cody has discovered a love of filmmaking and knows that in this day and age you need multi media. He set out to use our landscape of modern day Mississippi and roadwork experiences to share with the audience a vision, a dreamscape of our world. We wanted the World Boogie Is Coming package to have as much visual content as possible, with the record itself being sonically cinematic, a montage of medleys similar to our live shows — the recording fell together beautifully with that intent. We set ambient microphones up around the whole studio — footsteps, rain, wind, talking, bugs and birds all played their part. Archival tapes of Otha and R.L. fell right into the pocket as soon as we transferred them, laughing, joking and jamming with their kids –transcending time and space, life and death.”

“‘World boogie is coming’ was my father’s favorite valediction,” says Cody. “Naming this record after his closing phrase seemed like a great way to honor him and his memory. World boogie is coming is also a rallying cry. And the cry is this: It’s time to boogie!”

This record represents two years of our collective lives,” he continues. “Luther, myself and our crew touring the world and doing what we do best: Bringing our music straight to the people. World Boogie Is Coming documents that journey and narrative. The story tells itself. We set out to make a definitive and decisive record. It turned into the experience of a lifetime; our magnum opus. It is cinematic by design and infectious by nature, so sit back, relax and enjoy. Let’s get large and have a good time.”

From the Back Porch with Luther Dickinson

Words: Tim Newby

On a gorgeous Sunday evening in downtown Annapolis, I made my way to the back of the Rams Head on Stage to meet up with guitarist Luther Dickinson before his show that evening with his new project the South Memphis String Band.

After some small talk about the weather Dickinson led me through the backstage area, past the stage where Baltimore singer-songwriter Caleb Stine was warming up the crowd, past the kitchen area (stopping briefly to talk with band mate Jimbo Mathus), and eventually settling into a small backstage room where we could chat.

In conversation the Mississippi bred Dickinson’s Southern roots show through.  He is unfailing polite and speaks with a slow, thoughtful delivery that is peppered with a lot of “yeahs” and “mans.” Each answer comes across with his slight Southern drawl, which serves as a window to his Mississippi Hill Country home.

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The Allstars provide answers in Richmond

North Mississippi Allstars
The National
Richmond, Virginia
May 17, 2008

Children wonder about all kinds of things.  Where does the sun go at night?  Where do babies come from?  Where does the sound of the blues go when it wants to get psychedelic?  While the answers to the first questions are tough, the answer to the last question is easy – they show up at a North Mississippi Allstars show and get kicked around by Luther Dickinson and crew.

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