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Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

Monterey International Pop Festival 50th anniversary
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey CA
June 17-19, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Susan J Weiand

Monterey International Pop Festival, celebrating 50 years, maintained a “music, love and flowers” mindset throughout the festival grounds, with an ambiance that hearkened back to the Summer of Love. An on-site photo gallery, a tribute to the film, art exhibits and hands-on workshops also added to the scene.

It was a weekend full of big moments. Artists on this year’s lineup shared the sentiment that they were honored and inspired to represent the festival’s rich history at the 50-year celebration. They paid tribute to the 1967 performers by covering their songs, highlighted by Leon Bridges & Nathaniel Rateliff’s duet of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” Continue reading Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

Wheels of Soul Tour – Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Lawn at White River

Wheels of Soul Tour
Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars
Wednesday, July 27th 2016
The Lawn at White River, Indianapolis, Indiana
Photographer: Tyler Muir
Writer: Amber Jennings

White River State Park, located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, offers one of the state’s best amphitheaters, The Lawn at White River. The venue sits on the east bank of the river and offers concert goers sensational picturesque views when the sun slips behind the amphitheater and paints the sky with stunning sunset colors. The acoustics of the venue are a match of the view – amazing.


Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with special guests Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars, played the venue on July 27, 2016 as part of their Wheels of Soul Tour. This year TTB released their new album, Let Me Get By and have been celebrating the success of the album. Recorded independently in their own studio, Swamp Raga, the album recognizes the self-reliance, connection and sense of family that has grown since the inception of the band in 2010.


North Mississippi Allstars kicked the evening off as fans settled into their seats. The founding brothers Luther Dickenson (guitar, lowebow and vocals) and Cody Dickenson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard) with Chris Chew (electric bass guitar) are known for their American southern rock/blues bringing the dirty south full throttle to the Midwest before Los Lobos took the stage.


The east Los Angeles, California band, Los Lobos, snagged the stage and initiated a set of rock and roll, Tex-Mex and zydeco with “Whiskey Trail.” Luther Dickinson would take the stage with the band for a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “300 Pounds of Joy” and “Gates of Gold.” Later in the set, Susan Tedeschi appeared for a Marvin Gaye cover, “What’s Going On.” The closing number of the set, “Más y más,” included Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s horn section.


As the sun slipped behind the stage and lit up the sky in wondrous colors, the Tedeschi Trucks Band appeared on stage. They opened their set with “Laugh About It,” a tune from the new album. Derek Trucks’s guitar intro set the song with a light and airy feel, while Susan Tedeschi’s vocals added a dimension to the evening, the breadth and depth of her voice matching the sinking sun. The band seemed to relax into a groovy strut for another new song, “Don’t Know What It Means.” The funky, slink groove showcased Tedeshi’s power on guitar with heavy brass accompaniment. They rolled into a cover from the Box Tops, “The Letter,” and dipped into the new album’s title track, “Let Me Get By,” a southern rock jam featuring heavy keys and vocals.


The set continued with a boozy strut, “Right On Time,” featuring Mike Mattison on vocals. Tedeschi sang the song in a lower pitch than usual, making a fitting harmony with Mattison. Mattison continued on vocals for a ZZ Top cover, “Goin’ Down to Mexico.” Trucks’s heavy guitar intro drove the 12-piece ensemble, while mixing lead guitar with Tedeschi.


As twilight settled, TTB slowed the evening down with a dreamy Derek Trucks Band cover, “Swamp Raga,” that segued into “Midnight in Harlem” from TTB’s 2011 Grammy award-winning album, Revelator. Gentle slide guitar and cascading drums gave way to Tedeschi’s vocals that blanketed the audience with a soft, dreamy feel. They continued with another Revelator track, “Bound for Glory,” a George Jones cover, “Color of the Blues’ and another cover, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “I Pity the Fool.” They wrapped up the set with “The Storm,” a perfect set closer. Trucks’s intro was a taste of the solo he would rip into midway through the song, solidifying the title.


The band encored with a Sly and the Family Stone cover, “Are You Ready” and a James Taylor cover, “Fire and Rain;” the latter featured Mark Rivers on vocals with Mike Mattison and Tedeschi.


The show concluded about 15 minutes early but did not let the attendees down. It was a great Wednesday evening show on the Lawn.

A Thanksgiving holiday North Mississippi Allstars feast

North Mississippi Allstars
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN
November 29, 2013

As the North Mississippi Allstars took the stage the Friday after Thanksgiving, it was clear that this would be a night to remember, a show for the ages.


The Allstars’ holiday Memphis shows have long been a storied tradition, a recurring page in the book that is their career. But, as the band’s drum line meandered through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd at Minglewood Hall, one couldn’t help but notice that the vibe in the packed room was different.

For one, there were video cameras – everywhere. The band was shooting the evening for a concert video, and along with the two hand-held cameras that roamed the stage throughout the show and the platform-mounted steadycam in the photo pit, the band encouraged the audience to shoot with their cell phones and submit the videos.

But, for all the hoopla, the music is always first with the Allstars, and there would be plenty of music – three-plus hours, to be sure. The band took the stage from the back of the room – they had a drumline that started at the back and made their way through the crowd and up to the stage with the traditional “Shimmy She Wobble > My Babe > Station Blues.” From there, they proceeded to do what the Allstars do – take Mississippi Hill Country blues and kick it in the ass.

“Turn Up Satan,” a song from the new World Boogie Is Coming, was one of the few newer songs that made its way into the setlist, and it was a good way to lead up to the always-fun “Shake ‘Em On Down.”

Guitarist/vocalist Luther Dickinson’s stage presence was front and center, and as he unleased note after beautiful note during “Shake ‘Em,”  the smile on his face was infectious. He was clearly in his element, in full command of his hometown crowd. When musicians bring their A game (as Dickinson always does), and do it with a smile, it certainly makes for a more enjoyable show.


The band was at its finest when it turned the stage into a full-on party, though. “Meet Me In The City” had the first “guest” of the evening, Duwayne Burnside, on backup vocals. These holiday Allstars shows are never just the Allstars, and they’re not meant to be – they’re family celebrations.

“Mean ‘Ol Wind Died Down” was huge as usual, starting slow but building into a monstrous jam. However, it was also one of the songs where it was abundantly clear that the band misses Chris Chew’s immense presence on stage.

Chew’s background vocals leant themselves well to some of the band’s more gospel-blues-sounding tunes, and when the Allstars perform them today, something’s just not there.

There was certainly nothing missing from “Jumper On The Line,” though. By this time, Cody Dickinson had shed a layer of clothing or two, strapped on a Viking helmet, and was running from side to side of the photo pit, washboard in hand. Ever the showman, he climbed onto the rail more than once to play in the crowd.

At this point, there were literally eight people on stage. T-Model Ford’s grandson Stud had taken over on drums, Luther had Lightnin’ Malcolm’s bass, and Malcolm, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Duwayne Burnside were all on guitar. It was probably the jam of the evening, and fortunately caught on video for posterity, because it captured the essence of what the Allstars are about – family.

Burnside left during “Jumper,” only to return in costume – the Red Rooster – for “Snake Drive,” and the band closed their set with “Granny, Does Your Dog Bite.”


By this point, the band had been on stage for nearly two hours, and the crowd began to thin. When they returned from their encore break, the room had began to empty out, but the band would soldier on for about another hour.

“Po Black Maddie > Skinny Woman” was as phenomenal as ever, and Luther did his best Jimi Hendri impression on “Hear My Train ‘A Comin’ > Goin’ Down South.”

As good as the music was, the band probably played about 30 minutes too long. Sure, they were recording a video and wanted to capture everything, but by the end of the show, the crowd probably about 50% of what it did at the beginning of the show. It’ll sure be interesting to see how they cut the video, because any shots from the stage out onto the crowd from late in the night will show a mostly empty room, which is in sharp contrast to the start of the show.

Either way, the night was chock-full of amazing moments that were fortunately captured on video. The Allstars are a band that always delivers, especially at their traditional holiday show in front of their friends and family. 2013’s event was no different in that respect.

Set:  Shimmy She Wobble > My Babe > Station Blues, Turn Up Satan, Shake ‘Em On Down, Meet Me In The City*, Shake, Goat Meat, Psychedelic Sex Machine > Mystery Train ,  Back Back Train, Boogie**, Hodown, Mississippi Boll Weevil, Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down, World Boogie, Jumper On The Line***, Snake Drive****, Granny, Does Your Dog Bite*****

Encore:  Rollin’ ‘n Tumblin’, Let It Roll, The Meeting, Up Over Yonder, Po’ Black Maddie^ > Skinny Woman^, K.C. Jones, Goin’ To Brownsville, Hear My Train ‘A Comin’ jam > Goin’ Down South > Lord, Have Mercy On Me > Stay All Night outro, All Night Long^^, Goin’ Home

* Chantell and Cherise, Duwayne Burnside and Sharde Thomas on vocals
** Stud on snare drum, Alvin Youngblood Hart on harmonica
*** Duwayne Burnside, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lightnin’ Malcolm on guitars, Luther Dickinson on bass, Stud on drums, Cody Dickinson on washboard
**** Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lightnin’ Malcolm on guitars, Duwayne Burnside on vocals and guitar
*****  Sharde Thomas on fife/vocals, Luther on bass drum, Cody Dickinson, Lightnin’ Malcolm and Stud on snare drums
^ R.L. Boyce on bass drum
^^ Lightnin’ Malcolm and Kenny Brown on guitars, Cody Dickinson on guitar/washboard, Stud on drums, Luther Dickinson on bass

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Sons of Mudboy a family affair

Sons of Mudboy
1884 Lounge
Memphis, Tennessee
May 29, 2013

Luther Dickinson stood at the front of the stage, drenched in sweat, microphone in one hand and the other cocked back to accentuate the lyrics he was delivering like the deftest of MCs. It was towards the end of yet another marathon Wednesday night set by the Sons of Mudboy, and Dickinson had the crowd in the palm of his hand. That’s what the residency has turned into; two months into their weekly gig at 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall, the band is ever-changing, but one thing remains the same: the friends, family, and neighbors that faithfully arrive each week know that anything and everything can happen.

_MG_8190-BDickinson is the de facto leader of the band whose line-up is always in flux. Depending on who’s available, on any given night the entire roster can and will change. As May came to a close, the group that kicked off the evening included the actual sons of Mudboy & the Neutrons: Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes, etc.), son of Jim Dickinson; Ben Baker, son of Lee Baker, and Steve Selvidge (the Hold Steady, Big Ass Truck), son of Sid Selvidge. The band was joined by original Neutron Jimmy Crosthwait, drummer Robert Barnett (Big Ass Truck), Paul Taylor (the Merry Mobile and others), and George Sluppick (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mofro). Seemingly everyone on stage had a connection to one another, be it blood or musically.

It’s been a ride watching the band develop over the past two months. While they have played together for decades, to watch a band literally sprout on stage over the course of time has been a treat. The band can seemingly play anything and everything, and the first set started with the bluesy intro jam, which was followed with by the folksy, shuffling “John Henry > Judge Bouche.”

One of the intriguing features of the band is their versatility – the ability of nearly everyone on stage to swap instruments at any time. So, while Luther is by trade a guitar player – it has always been his instrument of choice be it with the Allstars or while he was with the Black Crowes – he started the show on bass but over the course of the show also played guitar and keyboards. Likewise, Taylor moved from guitar to drums to bass with little to no loss in play quality.

The addition of Sluppick for the night brought an added element to the line-up. One, he’s a damn fine drummer, Chris Robinson wouldn’t have tapped him for his band otherwise. Two it allowed allowed for Taylor to spend a little more time on bass and guitar.

This musical dexterity was on display during the finest moment of the first set, “Codine.” During this Buffy Sainte-Marie tune that Jim Dickinson had in his rotation, Luther laid down a steady bass line while Taylor unleashed a furious guitar solo. Jim Dickinson’s version of the tune had an edge to it, but the Sons’ version is spacey in an Allman-esque way. And, with two drummers on stage and dual guitars, it took on that tone exponentially.

_MG_8440-BThe second set opened with more players on stage. With the addition of local saxophone players Jim Spake and Art Edmaiston (Mofro) and bass player John Stubblefield (Lucero), there were 11 people crammed onto the tiny 1884 Lounge stage. The collective started with the soul of Wilson Picket’s “Land of 1000 Dances,”  segued into Jr. Walker’s “Shotgun,” and it eventually evolved into a gritty take on the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

The transition into the song seemed a tad disjointed as they went from one tempo into something completely different, but that’s kinda expected given there were nearly a dozen people on stage, some of whom had probably never played together. Accentuated by the haunting saxophones and reverb-drenched guitar from Selvidge, Luther delivered the lyrics with a growl. As the jam progressed the band settled into a nice pocket, and Luther broke out the slide to deliver one of his trademark solos. The band’s eventual transition back into “Shotgun” was a much smoother affair.

The band genre-jumped again to close the show, going from the Beastie Boys’ “Mark on the Bus” into a jam that touched on Sly & the Family Stone’s  “I Want to Take You Higher,” with Taylor laying down some downright funky bass lines.

As the show came to a close, it was evident that there’s true musical chemistry between the core members of the group. There are some connections that take years and years to nuture and some that are instantaneous, and each Wednesday, the Sons of Mudboy seem to display both.

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Sons of Mudboy, 5/22/13

Sons of Mudboy
1884 Lounge

Memphis, Tennessee
May 22, 2013

As the Sons of Mudboy’s residency on Wednesday nights at 1884 Lounge has progressed from week to week, several things have become clear. One is that no matter who’s on stage, this is an adept group of musicians, capable of playing nearly anything on nearly any instrument.

Second is that you never know who’ll show up. From week to week the roster has been fluid, a veritable who’s who of Memphis musicians. The core group has, for the most part, been the true sons of Mudboy and the Neutrons: Luther and Cody Dickinson, Steve Selvidge, and Ben Baker. A true Mudboy (or Neutron), Jimmy Crosthwait, is also a fixture at the weekly gig.

But, no matter who is on stage to being or end the show, the one constant has been the quality music.

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Oxford’s Proud Larry’s commemorates 20 years

Larrys_HTScott Caradine flips through his old calendar, which is ink and coffee-stained, well-worn with time. Names fly by in each of the date boxes: Walter Wolfman Washington, Astral Project, Elvis Costello, Mose Allison, Peter Rowan, Medeski Martin and Wood, Jerry Joseph, the Black Keys. He turns over postcards from friends and employees, reminiscing about old times and the string of incredible music that has passed through Proud Larry’s in Oxford, Mississippi.

“It feels like yesterday I was sitting on the couch with two friends saying, you know, we should just open a place in Oxford with a really good beer selection and slices of pizza, because nobody did that then in Oxford then, and put on some good shows,” Caradine says. “Twenty years have gone by pretty fast.”

He opened April 15, 1993 with two partners. Caradine handled the food, another handled music, and the other took care of general upkeep of the facility. By 1996, he had bought out his partners and was joined by his wife Lisa.

Proud Larry’s seats 120 people, serving gourmet pizzas, hamburgers, pasta and salads, making most menu items from scratch and priding themselves on using fresh ingredients.

Their slogan is “Come for the food, stay for the music,” and after the kitchen closes at 10 p.m., tables and chairs are removed and they ease in to music venue mode, reaching a capacity of 350 people.

Caradine doesn’t hesitate when asked about his favorite shows.

“Ween is right up there with the best of all times, with their first one in 1995. I think they were here twice, but the first Ween show was by far the biggest,” he says. “Then looking back, there are so many shows that leave a lasting impression, from Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside to New Orleans music like the Rebirth Brass Band or George Porter Jr., or the sit-down, you can hear a pin-drop type of shows with David Lindley, or Roger McGuinn or the Del McCoury Band. And the local bands that have all left their mark here deserve a lot of the fanfare for making it 20 years.”

Blue Mountain at closing time. Proud Larry's. c. 1996
Blue Mountain at closing time. Proud Larry’s. c. 1996

To commemorate two decades of music, the North Mississippi Allstars played April 4 and George Porter Jr. returns on April 12.

“When we originally thought, what shows can we do to celebrate 20 years of Proud Larry’s, shows that will be fun, but that also have a part of the history here and have stood a long time on their own,” Caradine says. “With George Porter, I was a fan first and then became a friend. He has played a number of shows at Larry’s and in Oxford over the years, so he was a natural fit. We promised when we opened in 1993 to bring a truckload of funk, jazz and rock and roll to Oxford, and George is the heavyweight champion of funk. So it made sense to bring him back for a celebratory show.”

The Allstars were also an easy choice.

“I remember meeting Luther Dickinson at a Junior Kimbrough show at Proud Larry’s and then seeing their band do a residency here when they first started out, and then seeing them grow to play the big venue in town and certainly as a nationally touring band, I was really glad they agreed to play a show here,” Caradine says.

Although he may not have known 20 years ago that Proud Larry’s would become an institution full of history, or that it would be folded into the lexicon of Oxford lore, Caradine says he has accomplished what he set out to do: bring pizza, good beer and music to Oxford.

“I don’t know where we will be 20 years from now, obviously, but if Proud Larry’s chooses to be here, it’ll still be here,” Caradine says. “I still enjoy coming to work. I have had fun watching the food progress over the years and it’s been fun to watch employees meet here, and end up married with kids. It’s fun to see my own kids up here.  I have a 13-year-old daughter who comes up here to work from time to time.”

The community itself is also an important aspect to running the business.

“We see people in here today that were customers of ours 20 years ago,” Caradine says. “They are really a lot of the same people. And I think back and have great memories of all the staff that put in a lot of sweat to make this place go, and I’ve been able to watch my family grow through the whole process.”

Tickets for the April 12 show are available at www.proudlarrys.com

Sons of Mudboy take residence in Memphis

Sons of Mudboy
1884 Lounge
Memphis, Tennessee
April 3, 2013

Tucked away in the corner of Minglewood Plaza lies the 1884 Lounge, the little brother of the bigger Minglewood Hall. It generally plays host to smaller acts – local bands trying to break through, or maybe the odd major act who just can’t, for whatever reason, fill a bigger room when they come to town. But, on April 3, an act took the stage that is the odd hybrid of both categories.

The Sons of Mudboy are actually just that – offspring of Steve Selvidge and the late Jim Dickinson, members of the veritable Memphis band Mud Boy & the Neutrons. All of the musicians on stage have other gigs going; Luther and Cody Dickinson with the North Mississippi Allstars, and Steve Selvidge with the Hold Steady. Paul Taylor joins the band on stage, and he was bass player for Luther and Cody’s pre-Allstars band D.D.T., and currently fronts a tremendous band called the Merry Mobile. And then there’s Jimmy Crosthwait, who played the whole show on washboard and was actually IN Mud Boy & the Neutrons.
som-2The band has shows scheduled all the way through the end of May at 1884 Lounge, and if any of the subsequent gigs hold a candle to the first one, Memphis is in for a wild ride.

The band promised the setlists would be comprised of Mud Boy tunes, covers, and songs from the band members’ catalogs  and the residency opened up with “Codine,” a song in rotation for Mud Boy & the Neutrons and that made its way into setlists of other Dickinson projects. Immediately it was clear that, while the band would hold true to the essence of the songs, they’d be putting their own spin on the numbers. “Codine” had a much spacier feel than it traditionally does, in the best possible way. Selvidge’s guitar work was tremendous, but it was Cody’s work on keyboards that really colored the song.

It’s important to note that throughout the evening, the members constantly traded off instruments. Cody traditionally plays drums for the Allstars, but he opened this show on keyboard. Luther Dickinson handled bass duties for about half the show, and Taylor opened on drums, moved over to bass, and played guitar for a few tunes as well (more on him later).

The band did justice to the familiar “KC Jones,” Taylor took over vocals on “Dark End of the Street,” and they absolutely killed the Sleepy John Estes tune, “Going to Brownsville.” They also paid a short but sweet homage to legendary Memphis band Big Star with “Jesus Christ Lived.”

In possibly the strongest segment of the night, though, the band broke out a huge sandwich that started with “Land of 1000 Dances,” shifted into “Power to the People,” had a few bars of Sly & the Family Stone’s “I Want to Take You Higher,” and then went back to “Land.”

som-1Taylor handled bass during the run, and absolutely blew the roof off. His musical dexterity is pretty impressive. On guitar, he can lay down a blistering solo, and his funky bass laid the ground work for one of the better jams of the night. During the song(s), Luther’s familiar fluid guitar was front and center, and at one point he moved over to the keyboard to take on those duties.

After a short encore break, the band came back out and Selvidge remarked that they were going to play something psychedelic, something that the audience had heard before. Then, they reprised “Codine,” this time with Taylor shredding a sizzling solo opposite Selvidge. The band closed the show with “Hey Bo Diddley,” and then called it a night.

The band seemed clearly thrilled to be on stage with each other, and in front of their home crowd. With a $5 cover, there’s no excuse for the local music scene to not come out to support the best local product out there at the moment. While the Sons of Mudboy may not be the primary gig for any on stage, they’re easily as talented an act as any of the musicians’ main jobs.

It will be a treat to watch the band’s weekly development, and who knows? It may turn into something greater.

We should be so lucky.

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Blackberry Smoke, North Mississippi Allstars & Unknown Hinson, 9/8/12

Blackberry Smoke”s Brothers & Sisters Festival ft. North Mississippi Allstars & Unknown Hinson
Masquerade Music Park
Atlanta, GA
September 12, 2012



Blackberry Smoke are anything but a new outfit. In fact, the southern rock band with a heavy twang has been purveying their brand for over a decade, but it wasn”t until being noticed (and eventually signed) by Zac Brown”s Southern Ground record label that the group”s sound began reaching the masses. (Their 2009 album, Little Piece of Dixie,  failed to chart on any level, whereas 2012″s The Whippoorwill reached numbers 8 & 40 on Billboard”s country and top 200, respectively.)

The band”s spike in popularity couldn”t have been more evident than it was on this night at Atlanta”s Masquerade Music Park where the band headlined an event dubbed the “Brothers & Sisters” Festival.

Welcoming Unknown Hinson (Christian name: Stuart Daniel Baker)  — and his (oxymoronic) morosely funny take on the state of affairs in 1950s outlaw country music — and North Mississippi Allstars — with their raucous blend of delta blues inspired southern jam-rock, it was as though the Blackberry Smokers had selected two bands whose sounds and attitude is heavily represented in their own brand. In other words, the two very diverse acts perfectly set the stage for the evening”s headlining act — who would go on to build off of what had been constructed before kicking things fully into their own gear… rocking the gathered faithful well into the night.

Oh, and at one point, Blackberry Smokeshared the stage with Benji Shanks, NMA”s Luther Dickinson and some dude named Rich Robinson.


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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


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