North Mississippi Allstars

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North Mississippi Allstars
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North Mississippi Allstars performing at a wedding reception in Gunnison, Mississippi, 1999
Background information
Origin Hernando, Mississippi, United States
Genres Southern rock, blues rock, jam band, folk blues
Years active 1996–present
Labels Tone-Cool, Artemis, Ato, Songs of the South
Associated acts The Revivalists, The Black Crowes, Shawn Lane, Hill Country Revue, the Word, John Hiatt, Jimbo Mathus, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, John Hermann, Duwayne Burnside, Otha Turner, R.L. Burnside, Jim Dickinson
Website www.nmallstars.com
Members Luther Dickinson
Cody Dickinson
Past members Duwayne Burnside
Chris Chew [1]

North Mississippi Allstars is an American southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi, United States, founded in 1996. The band is composed of two brothers, Luther Dickinson (guitar, lowebow, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard, vocals).

Duwayne Burnside, who formerly played second guitar in the band, is a son of R. L. Burnside, also played on some of the band's tracks.

History[edit]

The Allstars' first release, Shake Hands with Shorty, was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album". Since then, 51 Phantom and Electric Blue Watermelon have received nominations in the same category. The group also won a Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" in 2001.[2]

The band made its network television debut in 2000 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and served as the house band on the program Last Call with Carson Daly for a short period in 2004.

The band backs and tours with John Hiatt and released an album with him, Master of Disaster. All the members of the Allstars have also teamed up with Robert Randolph and John Medeski to form the Word.

In November 2007, Luther Dickinson joined the Black Crowes as lead guitarist and has appeared on their albums Warpaint (2008), Before the Frost...Until the Freeze (2009) and Croweology (2010). He currently devotes his time to both the Black Crowes and the North Mississippi Allstars. Cody Dickinson has also started a side project, Hill Country Revue, featuring Daniel Coburn, Kirk Smithhart, Doc Samba and Ed Cleveland.[3] They are sometimes joined by Luther Dickinson and members of the Burnside family. They have released two albums, Make a Move (2009) and Zebra Ranch (2010).[4]

Luther and Cody Dickinson's father was the Memphis musician and record producer Jim Dickinson. Besides releasing music in his own name, he worked with Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Primal Scream. Jim Dickinson also established the Zebra Ranch recording studio complex during the 1990s in Hernando, Mississippi. His career spanned more than four decades before his death, on August 15, 2009.

The band opened for Robert Plant and the Band of Joy on their concert tour in 2011. They also opened for the Dave Matthews Band in the spring of 2013.

The band released the album World Boogie Is Coming in 2013[5] and the album Freedom & Dreams in 2015.[6] In 2015, Luther Dickinson announced that Chris Chew had left the band.[1]

Their eighth studio album, Prayer for Peace, was released on June 2, 2017 via Sony Legacy, and featured the title track,[7] and a rendition of R. L. Burnside track, "Long Haired Doney".[8] The album was self-produced by the Dickinson Brothers. It was recorded across the US at six different studios: including the Royal Studios in Memphis with Boo Mitchell, and their father Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in Hernando, Mississippi.[9] Special guests on the album included the bassist Oteil Burbridge, Graeme Lesh, vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shardé Thomas, the daughter of Otha Turner.[citation needed] The album reached number one on the Billboard Blues Albums Chart in June 2017.[10] Southern Avenue supported the Allstars on their "Prayer for Peace" tour in 2017.[11]

Albums[edit]

  • Shimmy She Wobble (2000)
  • Shake Hands with Shorty (2000)
  • 51 Phantom (2001)
  • Polaris (2003)
  • Tate County (Hill Country Blues) (2003) Private Release
  • Hill Country Revue: Live at Bonnaroo (2004)
  • Instores & Outtakes, EP (2004)
  • Electric Blue Watermelon (2005)
  • Screwed & Chopped, EP (2005)
  • Keep On Marchin': Live in Burlington, VT (2007)
  • Mississippi Folk Music, vol. 1 (2007)
  • Hernando (2008)
  • Boulderado: Live at the Fox (2008)
  • Do It Like We Used to Do (2009, 2 CDs and DVD live set)
  • Live in the Hills, bootleg (2010)
  • Keys to the Kingdom (2011)
  • World Boogie Is Coming (September 3, 2013)
  • Freedom & Dreams, with Anders Osborne (2015)
  • Prayer for Peace (2017)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ron Johnson Has Replaced Chris Chew in North Mississippi Allstars". Jambands.com. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  2. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (25 May 2001). "B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland Top Winners At W.C. Handy Blues Awards". MTV News. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official Website". Hill Country Revue. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Official Website". Hill Country Revue. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b Leggett, Steve (2013-09-03). "World Boogie Is Coming – North Mississippi Allstars | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ Collette, Doug (2015-04-24). "The North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne – N.M.O.: Freedom and Dreams (Album Review)". Glide Music. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  7. ^ "Song Premiere: North Mississippi Allstars “Prayer for Peace”". Relix. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  8. ^ "North Mississippi Allstars announce ‘Prayer for Peace’ studio album". Vaunter. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Shop the North Mississippi Allstars. Official Store". Nmallstars.shop.musictoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  10. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  11. ^ Elayna Scott (2017-06-13). "On the Road with Southern Avenue June 6 - 12". American Blues Scene. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 

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