North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we

all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar

and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and

vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is

unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony

Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees ‪North Mississippi Allstars continuing to

think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING.

That album, the band’s seventh studio recording, proved the planetary sensation

its title promised, with The Guardian simply declaring it the North Mississippi

Allstars’ “best yet.” Now North Mississippi Allstars weave their bred-to- the-bone

musical sensibility with a potent message of positivity, inclusion, family, and

hope. As ever, songs like the powerhouse title track and “You Got To Move” –

the latter featuring accompaniment from Hill Country Blues guitar hero Kenny

Brown and award-winning singer/bassist Danielle Nicole – pay homage to the

band’s long lineage of musical heroes, celebrating the blues’ extraordinary

legacy while reshaping and pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback

funk, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

The majority of PRAYER FOR PEACE was recorded at Memphis’ famed Royal

Studios with the great Boo Mitchell behind the board. The hard-touring band also

recorded as they traveled the country, lighting up studios in St. Louis, Kansas

City, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Austin, and of course, their legendary father Jim

Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in the Allstars’ own Hernando, MS. A number of old

friends join the congregation, among them bassist Oteil Burbridge (‪Allman

Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin

Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (‪Jack White),

and singer/fife player ‪Shardé Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha

Turner. Simultaneously master curators, expert revivalists and forward-thinking

visionaries, the Dickinson brothers have crafted their most daringly creative and

provocatively topical collection to date. PRAYER FOR PEACE stands tall as yet

another milestone marking North Mississippi Allstars own unique place in the

American musical tradition.


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