North Mississippi Allstars :: Up and Rolling

2019 is het jaar van gitarist/zanger Luther Dickinson. Eerst was er de fantastische plaat Luther Dickinson And Sisters Of The Strawberry Moon, nu is er de mogelijk nog betere Up And Rolling van de North Mississippi Allstars, de groep van Luther en zijn jongere broer Cody. Mississippi-blues, rock en gospel zijn de ingrediënten, het spel is meeslepend en de lijst van gasten is indrukwekkend: Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Cedric Burnside, Duane Betts en Otha Turner, de inspiratiebron van deze plaat. Eigen nummers, covers van onder andere R.L. Burnside, Pops Staples, Little Walter en Junior Kimbrough, het swingt van begin tot einde. Up And Rolling is misschien wel de allerbeste plaat van 2019.

In 1996, a photographer from Texas, Wyatt McSpadden, traveled to North Mississippi looking to photograph local musicians. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson had grown up just south of Memphis and cut their teeth playing experimental rock & roll together, as well as the roots repertoire pioneered by their father, Jim Dickinson, a legendary producer (Big Star, the Replacements) and session player (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). Their feet were firmly planted in the North Mississippi mud and music scene, and they were excited to show Wyatt around their community, to introduce him to the musical families of Otha Turner, RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.
Their first stop was Otha Turner’s farm. Then in his late eighties, he was the last living fife and drum musician in the hills—“and a friend to all,” Luther exclaims. “He looked sharp that day, still in his Sunday best and ready for a good time.” They all sat together on Otha’s fabled front porch, which was something like a classroom for the elder Dickinson brother. The two would sit for hours, the kid playing guitar while the old man made up lyrics on the spot. That’s how “Call That Gone” came into the world, decades before the Allstars recorded it for ​Up and Rolling​

Call That Gone
Up and Rolling
What You Gonna Do? (feat. Mavis Staples)
Drunk Outdoors
Mean Old World (feat. Jason Isbell and Duane Betts)
Out on the Road (feat. Cedric Burnside)
Lonesome in My Home
Bump that Mutha Music*
Living Free
Take My Hand (feat. Cedric Burnside)
Otha’s Bye Bye Baby (feat. Otha Turner)*
*CD and Digital Only





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