Brothers Luther (guitar) and Cody Dickinson (drums) along with Chris Chew (bass) established the foundation for this bluesy jam outfit. Growing up in the North Mississippi Hill Country, the Dickinsons’ younger years were filled with the teachings of R.L. Burnside, Otha Turner and Junior Kimbrough. It also helped that their father (the late Jim Dickinson) was a heavy hitter in the music business himself.
It has been amazing to watch the evolution of the North Mississippi All-Star’s sound. With their debut “Shake Hands with Shorty,” the band single-handedly exposed a new generation to the Hill Country Blues style. Their take on Burnside’s “Shake ‘Em On Down” and “KC Jones” proved blues could still be taken outside the box. Other albums such as “Electric Blue Watermelon” show the All-Stars infusing more rock elements into their style.
Currently, the band is touring in support of their 2013 release “World Boogie Is Coming.” Sonically, they have returned to the old school with an overall vibe harkening to classic blues recordings. “World Boogie Is Coming” definitely is a trip to the back roads surrounding their home of Hernando, Mississippi, with each track coming off as a juke joint masterpiece laden with the hypnotic style characterizing Hill Country Blues.
North Mississippi All-Stars
Date: Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $18 in advance /$23 at the door, available at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (MiMo/WeMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630