January 25, 2011

North Mississippi Allstars: Keys to the Kingdom

North Mississippi Allstars
photo: Jason Thrasher

"Produced for Jim Dickinson". The liner notes of the new North Mississippi Allstars album Keys to the Kingdom make it crystal clear that Luther and Cody Dickinson wanted this album to be a celebration of the legacy of their father, the Memphis music legend Jim, who passed away in 2009.

With an impressive guest list of guest musicians (Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, Spooner Oldham, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Gordie Johnson and Jack Ashford) Keys to the Kingdom is entering pretty near the top of Southern blues rock albums. Recorded in their homemade studio, it is a concept album of sorts, with angry songs This A'Way and Jumpercable Blues to capture the anger that is the first stage of grief. All songs are originals the cover of Bob Dylan's Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, a song suggested by their father they'd play as a one-chord hill country blues song. This less is more turns out pretty good and Luther Dickinson is a better singer than Dylan ever was.

The album's highlights are the deep blues song >New Orleans Walkin' Dead and the album's final song, the laid-back country honk Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven, with a great dobro and the subtle piano of Spooner Oldham in the coda.

North Mississippi Allstars:
Luther Dickinson: guitar, vocals
Cody Dickinson: drums
Chris Crew: bass

North Mississippi Allstars: Keys to the Kingdom

Keys to the Kingdom is released on the band's own label Songs of the South Recordings. Release date: February 1.

Tracks:
  1. This A'Way
  2. Jumpercable Blues
  3. The Meeting
  4. How I Wish My Train Would Come
  5. Hear The Hills
  6. Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  7. Let It Roll
  8. Ain't No Grave
  9. Ol' Cannonball
  10. New Orleans Walkin' Dead
  11. Ain't None O' Mine
  12. Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven

Video: North Mississippi Allstars - Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven
Video: North Mississippi Allstars - Hear The Hills

Live dates:
  • 01/25 House of Blues, Boston, MA *
  • 01/26 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA *
  • 01/27 Dominion NY, New York, NY *
  • 01/28 MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT *
  • 01/29 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY *
  • 01/30 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY *
  • 02/01 DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC *
  • 02/02 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium , Raleigh, NC *
  • 02/04 North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Charleston, SC *
  • 02/05 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA *
  • 02/07 Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC *
  • 02/08 War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN *
  • 02/09 War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN *
  • 02/23 Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
  • 02/24 Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO
  • 02/25 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
  • 02/26 Bud Lite Rocks the Boat, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 02/27 Agave, Avon, CO
  • 02/28 Fly Me To The Moon, Telluride, CO
  • 03/02 Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID
  • 03/04 Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA
  • 03/05 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
  • 03/08 Harlow's, Sacramento, CA
  • 03/09 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
  • 03/10 The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  • 03/11 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
  • 03/12 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
  • 03/19 Tipitina's Uptown, New Orleans, LA
  • 05/13 Sala Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
  • 06/02 Wakarusa @ Mulberry Mountain, Ozark, AR

* Supporting Robert Plant

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