North Mississippi Allstars

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North Mississippi Allstars
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Background information
OriginHernando, Mississippi, United States
GenresSouthern rock, blues rock, jam band, folk blues
Years active1996–present
LabelsTone-Cool, Artemis, Ato, Songs of the South
Associated actsThe 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
MembersLuther Dickinson
Cody Dickinson
Past membersDuwayne 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.


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 granddaughter of Otha Turner.[10] The album reached number one on the Billboard Blues Albums Chart in June 2017.[11] Southern Avenue supported the Allstars on their "Prayer for Peace" tour in 2017.[12]

Their 2019 recording, Up and Rolling, was chosen as a 'Favorite Blues Album' by AllMusic.[13]





  • 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, live)
  • Electric Blue Watermelon (2005)
  • Paradise Boston, Ma 11.12.05 (2006, Instant Live)
  • Keep On Marchin': Live in Burlington, VT 11.11.05 (2007, 2 CDs live)
  • Mississippi Folk Music - Volume One (2007)
  • Hernando (2008)
  • Do It Like We Used to Do (2009, 2 CDs and DVD live set)
  • Boulderado: Live at the Fox (2010, 2 CDs live)
  • Live in the Hills 6.26.10 (2010, official live bootleg as North Mississippi Allstars Duo)
  • Keys to the Kingdom (2011)
  • Live In The Hills II 6.24.11 (2011, official live bootleg)
  • World Boogie Is Coming (2013)
  • Freedom & Dreams with Anders Osborne (2015)
  • Prayer for Peace (2017)[5]
  • Up and Rolling (2019)


  • Shimmy She Wobble (2000)
  • Instores & Outtakes (2004)
  • Electric Blue Watermelon Screwed and Chopped EP (2005)
  • Upstairs At United, Vol. 4 (2012, live)


  1. ^ a b "Ron Johnson Has Replaced Chris Chew in North Mississippi Allstars". November 19, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (May 25, 2001). "B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland Top Winners At W.C. Handy Blues Awards". MTV News. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Official Website". Hill Country Revue. Archived from the original on December 31, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Official Website". Hill Country Revue. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Leggett, Steve (September 3, 2013). "World Boogie Is Coming – North Mississippi Allstars | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Collette, Doug (April 24, 2015). "The North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne – N.M.O.: Freedom and Dreams (Album Review)". Glide Music. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Song Premiere: North Mississippi Allstars "Prayer for Peace"". Relix. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "North Mississippi Allstars announce 'Prayer for Peace' studio album". Vaunter. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Shop the North Mississippi Allstars. Official Store". Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Brittain Thompson (April 24, 2018). "Internationally-Known Fife Player Sharde Thomas Kicks Off Double Decker Saturday". the Local Voice.
  11. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Elayna Scott (June 13, 2017). "On the Road with Southern Avenue June 6 - 12". American Blues Scene. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Favorite Blues Albums | AllMusic 2019 in Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2019.

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