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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.
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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0009Y26PE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mississippi Bollweevil
2. No Mo
3. Teasin' Brown
4. Moonshine
5. Hurry Up Sunrise
6. Stompin' My Foot
7. Bang Bang Lulu
8. Deep Blue Sea
9. Mean Ol' Wind Died Down
10. Horseshoe
11. Bounce Ball

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Electric Blue Watermelon is the North Mississippi Allstars' sixth album-length CD. With special guest appearances by friends Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, this theatrical musical statement goes straight into the cosmos of collective imagination. ATO. 2005.

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Blues revivalists? Jam band? Power trio? Psychedelic tripsters? Southern rockers? While previous releases have found the pride of North Mississippi exploring various manifestations of their musical identity, on Electric Blue Watermelon they pull everything together and bring their artistic progression full circle. While acknowledging the seminal influence of Delta bluesman Charley Patton ("Mississippi Bollweevil") and fife master Otha Turner ("Teasin' Brown," "Bounce Ball"), the album finds common spirit in contemporary hip-hop on "No Mo" and "Stompin' My Foot," with guest rapper Al Kapone helping the band bridge past and future. Lucinda Williams teams with guitarist Luther Dickinson for a playful duet on "Hurry Up Sunrise," while steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band extend the album's aural palette. Over the course of almost seven and a half minutes, "Mean Ol' World Wind Down" takes the listener on a musical journey from fife-and-drum roots through Bo Diddley insistence to Allman Brothers expansiveness. No matter how far they extend their musical vistas, the Allstars are always bringing it all back home. --Don McLeese

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Real musicians playing real delta blues.
Carol S. Mills
Their Hill city revue, live from Bonnaroo highlighted their live experiance through an amazing array of guest musicians and great jamming.
lurocker
These guys are really good and show great craftmanship on this album.
jbembe

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By twangmon on November 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's tough to give the blues a modern twist without destroying its soul, but with Electric Blue Watermelon, the North Mississippi Allstars have cracked the code. With one foot firmly planted in his native Mississippi hill country and the other in the world of amped-up, psychedelic rock, guitarist Luther Dickinson plays slide with the subtlety of Fred McDowell and fire of Duane Allman. Backed by his brother Cody on drums and bassist Chris Chew, Dickinson moves easily between rattling resonator and squalling electric tones, channeling jam-band attitude through primal Bo Diddley beats and juke-joint riffs. Produced by Memphis legend Jim Dickinson -- the brothers' dad -- the album has an unvarnished sound that's old-school, yet not self-consciously retro. Guest appearances by Lucinda Williams, pedal steeler Robert Randolph, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band add variety to the swampy mix of classics ("Deep Blue Sea" and "Mississippi Bollweevil") and band originals.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jbembe on November 17, 2005
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After getting 51 Phantom, I was convinced that the NMA could jam and play solid music, but they weren't demanding all of my attention and finding their way onto my iPod repeatedly. Mind you it was a great effort and I really liked the album, but it didn't have that extra something to make it really compelling. When I saw that Lucinda Williams contributed to this album, I decided to give it a go because she's an artist that really DOES compel me. Well, I'm very happy that I got this album, I've listened to it half a dozen more times than the new Rolling Stones album I bought at the same time. This album is fresh and hot, borrowing from the blues but looking forward and making exciting music. Rarely do I repeat play any song on a new album when I first get it because I want to learn most of the songs before I get too choosy, but with this album I find myself coming back to several songs over again 'cause I just have to hear that awesome beat/sound/guitar riff. These guys are really good and show great craftmanship on this album. If they keep it up, they may just become one of my favorite artists. As it is, this album is demanding a great amount of my attention. Definitely worth checking out, highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. Mills on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Electric Blue Watermelon has something for everyone. Luther's slide guitar goes to new heights as does Cody's washboard. Of course, Chris Chew's mean bass gets even nastier. No cookie-cutter bubble-gum music here. Real musicians playing real delta blues. This CD is reminiscent of "Shake Hands with Shorty", but more mature in their delivery. Make yourself shake and shout . Buy this CD. Then go out and buy another for some Britney Spears' fan and introduce them to REAL music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on September 17, 2005
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This cd arrived the day after I saw them live in a very small venue. They were a total joy to see live and this cd is the next best to live as far as I can tell. Just couldn't stop listening.

They so do ROCK, and with help from Robert Randolph, Lucinda Williams, Al Kapone, they have given NMA fans just exactly what we know can come from them. Buy it, and be happy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baberufus on September 9, 2005
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After experimenting with their "Toad The Wet Sprocket" phase on some of their last album, the Allstars have come back to where they started--just the three core members, knocking out great Mississippi hill country blues. They're still more eclectic than they were in the beginning, but this album is more musically cohesive, not as much of a random hodge-podge as the Polaris album. Other artists that started out as blues artists need to take NMA's cue--you can't "branch out" so much that your music is of a completely different genre and expect your fans to follow you (except for maybe the teenybopper girls who think you're cute--but then again, maybe that's all that matters for some artists! :). People like certain kinds of music, period. It's obvious the No. Miss. Allstars haven't forgotten this point after all (I was wondering after hearing Polaris for the first time). I would have liked to see a few more harder-edged tunes as demonstrated on their first two albums, but they make up for that by honoring the hill country tradition on a good number of tracks this time around. Overall, great effort!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NYC Reb on February 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've been a NMA fan since they started playing the Library in Oxford, MS (btw its right next to Proud Larrys where RL Burnside played too). And like you I expected NMA to stick with the hill country blues sound that got them where they are, but I shouldnt have. These guys have enough talent to branch out and still be true to the blues but break new ground. They tried to do that with Polaris but failed, but they nailed it this time. A song doesnt have to have a standard blues progression to be the blues. Blues is a state of mind and a feeling, and this CD has it! I look for great things from this band for years to come.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank Camm on March 22, 2006
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A healthy step beyond the first album. It preserves the rough edges and energy of the first, with its appreciation of traditional Delta blues, but now makes it clear that the raggedy energy that results is not for lack of skill. The band wraps this primal energy in a new, tougher, darker, tight wrapper where danger lurks almost everywhere. Adds a wobbly rapper. These are not nice white boys posing as the dark characters they sing about; they have harnessed the darkness from within to speak of a kind of gritty, masculine violence, contained as much by personal frustration as by the discipline of skill. Very powerful and convincing. I think of the Stones and find an authentic Southern white version. I think of Steve Earle and find players closer to west Tennessee than to east Tennessee. I think of the Allmans and find a new generation that lacks their pop fire in part because the All Stars are darker and closer to their roots than the post-Duane Allmans. I am simultaneously embarrassed to be so attracted to them and happy to find kids working hard to keep Delta music, especially for National steel guitar, alive in the bones rather than in a museum.
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