Posts Tagged ‘Dickinson’

RIP: Jim Dickinson, 1941-2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009

jimDickinsonMemphis icon and master musician Jim Dickinson died Saturday at the age of 67. He was never a household name – not even close. But he was a behind-the-scenes player with enormous talent, and his various credits as a music and producer would fill pages.

The short version goes something like this:

He was a much in-demand session musician who recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones.

As a producer, he was at the helm for some of the best work by John Hiatt, Big Star, the Replacements, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Toots Hibbert and Ry Cooder.

His sons – Cody and Luther – are two-thirds of the North Mississippi Allstars.

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LIVE: River Street Festival Wrapup

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.

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Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.

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The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.

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“Whip it…

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…whip it good!”

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And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…

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And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)


(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)


Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…

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