First Avenue Presents: North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.

The North Mississippi Allstars released their debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty, in the spring of 2000. Their debut proved to be a success and earned them a Grammy nomination for 'Best Contemporary Blues Album'. After earning 2 more Grammy nominations in the same category for 51 Phantom (2001) and Electric Blue Watermelon (2005), the North Mississippi Allstars earned the reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the loam of Southern blues and roots rock.

In 2008, after five studio albums and more than a decade touring together, the Dickinsons decided to branch out and pursue other projects. That same year Luther started recording and touring with the Black Crowes. He went on to form the South Memphis String Band with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus, touring across the country and releasing two albums with them. In 2012, Luther formed The Wandering, a five-piece folk band featuring Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June and Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner's granddaughter), and released their debut record Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here. He also recorded and released a solo acoustic album, Hambone's Meditations, which received a 2013 Grammy nomination for 'Best Folk Album'.

Meanwhile, Cody formed his own group, Hill Country Revue, which released its debut, Make A Move, in 2009 and the follow-up Zebra Ranch in 2010. The band toured heavily behind the releases and shared the stage with a number of notable acts, including the Dave Matthews Band, Gov't Mule and Big Head Todd and The Monsters. Cody also honed his producing chops, working with artists like Lucero, Cisco Adler, Anders Osborne and Ian Siegal.

The brothers reunited in 2010 to record Keys to the Kingdom after the passing of their father. Jim had always told them, "You need to be playing music together. You are better together than you will ever be apart." Inspired by his words, Luther and Cody went into the family's home recording studio Zebra Ranch, to create a record that could help them cope with the loss and rejoice in his honor.

Most recently, Luther and Cody have toured extensively with Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, headlined major festivals and toured internationally as a headliner and with Ian Siegal as part of The Mississippi Mudbloods. They also released two live bootleg records, 2011's Live in the Hills and 2012's Live in the Hills Volume II, both recorded at the annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp, MS.

The North Mississippi Allstars are at times joined by Lightnin' Malcolm, Alvin Youngblood Hart, previous member Chris Chew, and a host of other talented musicians.

Lightnin' Malcolm

Music has always been part of Lightnin' Malcolm's heart and soul. From the moment he discovered an old raggedy guitar w/ a couple of strings and cassette of Muddy Waters his life and the music world would change forever. Malcolm's journey began near the railroad tracks in rural Southeast Missouri. For several years Malcolm traveled the world spreading his love for the blues. It wasn't until Malcolm settled in North Mississippi that he had a musical epiphany. He was drawn to the hill country blues first made famous by Fred McDowell and later R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill.

Fresh off the road Lightnin' Malcolm forges ahead with his new album "Renegade." The album came out this past April on Ruf Records. "Renegade" is high energy, hill country blues fused with modern elements of funk, reggae, soul, and rock. It features 13 new original songs all written and produced by Lightnin' Malcolm.

Recorded in Clarksdale, MS "Renegade" is a guitar and drums duo recording, played live and raw in the North Mississippi hill country tradition. Joining Lightnin' on drums is Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of blues legend Jr. Kimbrough. Cameron's creative energy, versatile playing, combined with his natural family talent creates a perfect fit for Malcolm's hypnotic grooves. Renegade also features a horn section on a few tracks comprised of Jim Spake, David McKnight, and Nahshon Benford. Lightnin' befriended the trio while touring with the popular Americana act Lucero. Nadirah Shakoor (Jimmy Buffet) lends her beautiful voice on the reggae flavored "Precious Jewel."

A Renegade by definition is an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior. The concept of Renegade closely reflects the turbulent lifestyle of a traveling musician. The authenticity of the music certainly permeates as a result on this album.

" The songs on this album are definitely the result of years livin' the renegade lifestyle. The renegade cuts against the grain, doin' things his own way on his own terms. I've always tried to be a right doin' person, to help people around me…I follow the laws of the universe, not the laws of man…I know right from wrong. Most times your on your own, movin' from place to place with your guitar and your music.."at the same time interacting, entertaining, jamming, working, helping, teaching, learning, singing, dancing, sleeping, and living with all the people that come through your life. You are what you've done and the legacy you leave behind is the life you live everyday. Its all about the music and the only way to play it is to live it," says Lightnin' Malcolm.

The music unites musicians and audience as they interact in a hypnotic dance with everybody rejoicing to the power and joy of the music we call the Blues!

$15 - $17


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