There is not much more of an Honest Tune than the North Mississippi Allstars. Whether playing as a duo or trio, Luther Dickinson and crew bring the Delta with them to wherever they find themselves.
Through each of their chosen instruments, Luther Dickinson on guitar and vocals, Cody Dickinson on drums, washboard and occasional guitar and Chris Chew on bass and backing vocals, the members of this now veteran ensemble play in a manner that literally transports its listener to the muddy waters that the boys grew up swimming in and from which so many have drawn musical influence.
So much about Luther is a result of his upbringing; his reverence for the blues forefathers, his innate ability to make any crowd, no matter the size, feel likeÂ family and his constant desire to evolve in his craft.Â He credits much of this to his father, Jim, who sadly passed on in 2009, a wound that at times, still seems quite fresh.
In his efforts to not grow stagnant, within the first half of this year alone, Dickinson will release two albums; a solo acoustic instrumental album, Hambone’s Meditations,Â and an album with an entirely new project, The Wandering, featuring an eclectic cast of some of the greatest female talent — that many have never heard of –Â in the south: Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June, and Sharde Thomas.
While on the scene at Chattanooga’s Track 29, Honest Tune’s David Shehi had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Luther. Over the course of the chilly day, they chatted about the Allstars, The Wandering, the solo stuff, vinyl collections and much more, walked around the Chattanooga Choo Choo Park to check out the trains and decided to stop at one so that Luther could debut a track from teh forthcoming solo album and played anotherÂ (as part of the Live Backstage & Unplugged series).
Furthermore, before they called it a wrap, shook hands and gave manly hugs all around, Luther also handed him a couple of nice little keepsakes to bring back for the Honest Tune readership.
So without further adieu, sit back as Honest Tune presents Triple Coverage with Luther Dickinson.
“Death Comes on Wings of Crepe”
On a Train with Luther Dickinson:
an Honest Tune Interview
North Mississippi Allstars (w/ Lightnin’ Malcolm)
March 3, 2012
After spending a night in the tornado affected city of Nashville, the Allstars rolled into Chattanooga’s newest music venue, Track 29. Located in the heart of Chattanooga Choo Choo Park, Track 29 was the perfect host to both the Allstars sound as well as to a very supportive Chattanooga crowd — to the tune of about 1500 patrons.
After an opening set by Lightnin’ Malcolm, the brothers Dickinson (Cody and Luther) on respective drums/washboard and guitar/vocals and Chris Chew on bass, the Allstars ambled their way through a blistering set that was inclusive of nearly every gem that one longs for when heading out for an evening with the Delta blues trio.
Goin’ Down South > Shake, Shake your Boogie (With Nasty Boogie Woogie) > Someday Baby > Sugartown, I’d Love To Be A Hippie, New Orleans Walikin’ Dead, Goin’ Home, Sittin’ On Top Of The World > Drum Solo > My Babe, The Meeting, Keep The Devil Down, *Hear The Hills, #Moonshine, Po Black Maddie > Skinny Woman > Drum Solo > Ho Down, I’m Crazy About You > Bang Bang Lulu, Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down, Rollin’ And Tumblin’
Encore: People Get Ready, @K.C. Jones (On the Road Again), ^+So Much Trouble In The World Today > ^All Night Long, Snake Drive
Notes: * Luther Dickinson solo acoustic, # Luther Dickinson & Chris Chew Duet, @ Lightnin’ Malcolm on Drums, ^ Lightnin’ Malcolm on Guitar & vocals
+ First time Played
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(Scroll down for the contest)
As even a causal reader knows, Honest Tune loves contests, and the more unique the item or prize, the better.
Well, this time we have two items two items that literally are one of a kind and are sure to make a nice addition to any music memorabilia collection.
1) One GRAND PRIZE winner will walk away with a one of a kind show used drum head from the 2012 North Mississippi Allstars winter tour that is signed by all three band members: Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson & Chris Chew. In addition, this same winner will receive a signed copy of Lightnin’ Malcolm’s latest CD, Renegade.
2) One FIRST PRIZE winner will walk away with a one of a kind show used drum head from the 2012 North Mississippi Allstars winter tour that is signed by all three band members: Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson & Chris Chew.
How to Enter (be sure that you do all three of these)
1) Log onto either your Facebook and/or Twitter account(s) and “like” the North Mississippi Allstars on Facebook or “share” the North Mississippi Allstars’ latest video, “Rollin’ and Tumblin‘” on Twitter.
2) Once you have done the above, scroll down to the Facebook comment box on this page below and let us know that you have entered by clicking the Facebook “like” button. If you want to take it a step further and leave a comment, that would be awesome. If you do not have a Facebook account, you will note this in step 3.
3) Click HERE and fill out the VERY brief entry form so that we will have your info to put into the random name drawing process when the time comes.
IMPORTANT: SEE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BEFORE PLACING ENTRY
Rules & Eligibility
How a winner will be chosen:
1) All of the entered names will be copied from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool,Â click here. If we are lucky, maybe we will bump into Col. Bruce and get him to draw names out of a beer pitcher again.
2) The deadline for entry is Wednesday, 3/22/12 at 11:59 PM CST
3) Winners will be announced within 7 days from the entry deadline.
1) Only entries that conform to the specifications outlined in “How to Enter” will be considered.
3)Â No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter
4) Contributors (senior and otherwise) may enter.
5) Only one entry per person/ per â€œprizeâ€ will be allowed and IP Addresses are logged on the survey site.
6) Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and from within the continental United States.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Q: One of the requirements to enter is that I have to â€œlikeâ€ North Mississippi Allstars on Facebook or share their video on Twitter. I am not a member of either one. What should I do?
A: Create a Facebook or Twitter account under your dog’s name, find our Facebook page or Twitter account, â€œlikeâ€ us or â€œfollowâ€ us, and delete your account when the contest is over. If you do not want to do any of that… well, I guess this isn’t the contest for you. Hang out though, not all contests have to do with fattening Zuckerberg’s wallet.
2) Q: I am not 18 yet. What should I do?
A: Get your mom or older brother to enter for you. Just be sure that your mom â€œlikesâ€ us on Facebook and that your older brother is not a NMA fan. Otherwise he may try and keep the drum head and things could get ugly. Kinda makes you wonder who would win in a wrestling match… Luther or Cody?
3) Q: I have a question that is not answered here. Why is it not answered and what do you plan to do about it?
A: Why are you asking so many questions? Just enter the contest already. But if there is absolutely something that you must know, head up to the top of the page and click on the “contact” menu item and fill out the submission form. We will be with you shortly. Now let the elevator music commence.
This contest is solely the responsibility of Honest Tune. It is not affiliated with nor is it endorsed by North Mississippi Allstars. North Mississippi Allstars are aware of the contest and donated the items that are being given away. That participation does not indicate endorsement. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. The winner will be contacted via his/her email address and must respond to the contact within 72 hours. All entries must be received from within the United States. Rules &Â eligibility requirements may be changed with or without notice within the first 72 hours of the contest’s launch. After 72 hours, any changes will be posted via Honest Tune’s Twitter or Facebook account. All entries must be submitted via the above listed criteria and Honest Tune reserves the right to disqualify entries based solely its discretion and upon an entryâ€™s lack of conformity to the standards outlined above.