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Keys to the Kingdom

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Keys To The Kingdom, the new album from the North Mississippi Allstars, is a celebratory declaration of life in the face of death. The origins of the album are honest and raw: a father died and a child was born. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson lost their father, Jim Dickinson, only months before Luther became one. At the heart of the record is the journey that traverses thru the mirrored gates of life and death. Produced in absentia by their father, Keys To The Kingdom is the Allstars' finest collaboration.

1. This A'Way
2. Jumpercable Blues
3. The Meeting
4. How I Wish My Train Would Come
5. Hear the Hills
6. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
7. Let It Roll
8. Ain't No Grave
9. Ol' Cannonball
10. New Orleans Walkin' Dead
11. Ain't None O' Mine
12. Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Songs Of The South
  • ASIN: B004GX18OO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K C on February 1, 2011
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Being a long time North Mississippi All-Star fan, I have been looking forward to hearing Keys To the Kingdom. This being the first LP from Luther and Cody since the death of their father, Jim Dickinson, I knew this would be an emotional album with heart and soul... and it is. In fact, Mr. Dickinson is listed as the album's producer... and it is a fitting tribute as it reflects much of his style.

The album starts stomping with the groovin' beat oriented "This A'Way". It is not a sizzling rocker, but more like a funky mid-tempo barrel house blues with a great guitar solo in the middle. The next song, "Jumpercable Blues" has a more electric tone with the same great slide guitar work reminiscent of NMAS numbers of old. A true highlight of the album has Mavis Staples helping out on "The Meeting", which has a great lead up to another swampy sounding and stomping blues number. Having almost a gospel tinged feel, this song has Mavis trading lines with Luther and contains another great guitar solo.

After starting the album with a rollicking sound, "How I Wish My Train Would Come" and "Hear the Hills" have a more laid back tone that lets you know how the guys are feeling after the loss of their dad. The lyrics say it all, as they sing about trouble being their only friend and the cold rain falling down. "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" could have been taken from one of Jim's old albums, and the old 'is it electric or acoustic' type of NMAS groove fits nicely with the honky tonk sound. More of Luther's slide work is highlighted on "Let It Roll" before going back to a slower song full of more lyrical tributes to their dad, as "Ain't No Grave" reveals some more thoughtful lyrics about death and dying. It is not a slow dirge by any means though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G-man on April 1, 2011
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I am a big Allstars fan, as well as a hill country fan of Kimbrough, Payton, Burnside et all. This cd is not what I expected from the Allstars, who normally are great. The vocals seem loud for the muted instruments. Its not completely unplugged but if you expected the electric boogie you usually get from them this may come as a disappointment. Not to say an acoustic cd with a lot of tasty slide wouldn't work- it probably would,
Keep on keepin' on brothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrSavoie2U on February 23, 2011
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I had limited exposure to North Mississippi AllStars before I bought this cd, but I can honestly say I like this style here. I hope they stick to it personally, it fits them well. Much more so than trying blend so many styles together like their previous two studio releases. If you're into that old school down south blues I highly recommend this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fremy on October 28, 2011
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I first heard the song "Hear The Hills" while I was driving to pick out the headstone for my favorite client that had died a few days before. I simply HAD to purchase this cd! I will always remember this guy with a smile & chuckle every time I hear this heartfelt song. I love this cd and recommend it to anyone that is already a fan of the North Mississippi Allstars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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Wasn't familiar with NMA but heard on Internet radio and bought this. Had no idea music this good was being produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wes on August 14, 2013
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This album is hands down my favorite North Missippi* All Stars collection. Jellyrollin all over heaven is great. Get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Luddy on July 14, 2013
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Another great album. An album full of wonderful blues-folk songs with a nice version of Bob Dylan's Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hannon on June 26, 2013
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I listen to a lot of freeform radio while I work which is where you are most likely to hear bands like the North Mississippi Allstars. The track I originally heard was "Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven" which immediately made me stop what I was doing and check out the other tracks. I wasn't disappointed.
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