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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Take reassurance in the glory of the moment and the forever promise of tomorrow.
Surely there is light beyond the darkness
As there is dawn after the night.
-James Luther Dickinson
11.15.41- 08.15.09

I can hear the hills callin' out my name.
Goin up to Heaven for to stake my claim.
Call me by thunder, call me ... Read more in Amazon's North Mississippi Allstars Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B00049QMVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake 'Em On Down
2. Po Black Maddie/Skinny Woman/Po Black Maddie
3. Jumper On The Line
4. Bad Bad Pain
5. Down In Mississippi
6. Never In All My Days
7. Boomer's Story
8. Psychedelic Sex Machine
9. Shimmy She Wobble/Station Blues
10. Friend Of Mine
11. Be So Glad
12. Snake Drive
13. Goin' Home, Pt. 2
14. Going Home South

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The historic Bonnaroo 2004 set from one of America's best live bands.

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The stage of Tennessee jam band festival Bonnaroo is an unlikely setting for the year's most important blues recording, but young firebrands North Mississippi Allstars pulled off a creative coup in June of 2004 with their Hill Country Revue. The concert teamed patriarch R.L. Burnside and his guitarist and rapper sons, the late Othar Turner's fife and drum band, the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, and eccentric producer-pianist Jim Dickinson, the father of Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson, with the wiry trio. The historic results handily blend all the racial, geographic, and cultural elements of the genre with adventurous musicality. Burnside is present more for his inspiration than his musical contribution. But his sons carry on the tradition while pushing its borders into hip-hop and six-string psychedelia. If there’s a star here, though, it's guitarist Luther Dickinson, who playfully quotes Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and the elder Burnside, and then adds a level of tonal and textural exploration to his performance that makes him a one-man defibrillator for the genre--insurance that the heart of the blues will keep pumping into the future. --Ted Drozdowski

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The CD was expensive even for a used copy.
M. Francis
I've never heard anything like it, and R. L. in the background giving encouragement.
Hiberian Bocci Team
I would reccomend this album to anyone who wants to hear great music.
Rock Fiend

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bluesguitarfan on December 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Holy Schiznit, this CD kicks tail from start to finish! These fellas "get it". They understand what makes for great Roots-Rock. Heavy on the percussion...heavy on the bass...heavy on the "nasty" fuzzed-out slide guitar of Luther Dickinson. This group grabs onto a funky 4 beat groove, and they don't just play it...they wring it out, and make it touch your soul. At times the sound reminds me of ABB. At other points it reminds me of J. Geils Band. But make no mistake, these guys are no copycats. This is Blues-Rock for the new century. They even blend in a little hip-hop and make it sound good (never thought I'd say that). Best CD I've bought since I don't know when...and I've bought plenty. Buy it today...thank me later!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hiberian Bocci Team on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, well, well. This album is what music is all about. The love and energy, the friendship, and southern hospitality make this Hill Country Revue just about the best I've ever heard. I can't stop playing it. I've had it about two weeks now, and I play it at least twice a day. I haven't done that since I was a teenager and only had a couple of albums. This thing just starts out hot. I love the R. L. Burnside dialog with the crowd while the band plays. It's a family community thing. Everybody shares and contributes. This is not like the studio stuff, this is pure magic. I hate rap music. I don't know exactly why, but I hate rap music. Cody Burnside does a couple of tunes with rap lyrics that are just great, I love rap music, if it's Hill Country Revue. I'm just a Yankee from Bean Town, and my family is not very close, so it's great for me to see this collection of friends and family come together as one big extended family. There are so many people on the stage you'd think they'd need traffic cops to figure out whose turn it is do what, but everybody gets a chance to shine and share. Yeah that Po Black Maddie>Skinny Women>Po Black Maddie is pretty hot. The Down in Mississippi with Jim Dickenson is a down and dirty throat rasping raw blues with blistering nasty guitar, but now the album is pure hot. It just keeps building up momentum. Never in All My Days is one of the highpoints of the album-Well, Well, Well. Man that bass is just so hard hitting. If you be a bass fan, you gotta try this. Chris Robinson's vocals on Boomer's Story are fantastic, he just blew me away, and I'm more of an instrumental fan, but his voice, and the back up are kinda like an instrument. It's kinda mythical or mystical, or maybe I'm getting hysterical.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scott Moore on November 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've seen the Allstars three times now and this CD really captures their spirit and their strength - shake yer booty and let it all hang out! A warning though, this is the blues, so if you're looking for straight ahead pop/rock, look elsewhere.

I'd give it a 5, but truthfully not all the tracks are of 5 star quality. Personally, I prefer RL Burside's vocals to any of the band's, so those tracks are my favourites.

If you're in the mood to crank the volume and shake, then this CD will absolutely not disappoint.

Yogi
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rock Fiend on May 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow. This album is one of my favorite blues albums. I saw the Allstars live with The Black Crowes and that is what turned me onto them. I think they are one of the most brilliant and true blues-based bands out today. I would reccomend this album to anyone who wants to hear great music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Boyd on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to like the North Mississippi Allstars, they seemed to have all the makings of a great band, southern, blues rooted, and future minded, but their Cds just weren't ringing my bell. I had just about given up on them when SIRIUS starting playing cuts from this CD on the Jam_On channel. Since I liked what I was hearing, I decided to give these guys one more chance. Boy am I glad I did!!! This CD lit a fire under me like nothing had done since I first heard Fillmore East.

Similar to Fillmore East, this concert recording captures a band out to bridge the space between the blues of the past with current trends. The first two tunes "Shake 'Em On Down" and "Po Black Maddie>Skinny Woman>Po Black Maddie" take no prisoners and come charging right out of the gate laying down some serious blues that not only kicks some serious butt, but also shake some serious butt also. Once things get going they don't stop either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Bien Kahn on October 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though I don't have this CD yet, this show was one of the highlights of the Bonnaroo Music Festival this summer. I can't comment on the quality of the recording, but this was an outstanding performance that got everyone dancing in the Tennessee heat. Luther Dickinson is a god on the slide guitar and has a surprisingly strong blues voice considering his young age. Its great to see Luther and his brother Cody, along with the young drummers from Otha Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum band, breathing new life into traditional American music. Highlights include "Po Black Maddy/Skinny Woman," "Shimmy She Wobble > Station Blues," "Boomer's Story" with Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes on vocals, and of course "Psychedelic Sex Machine," an extended and energetic electric washboard solo by drummer Cody Dickinson. Buy this album!
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