LIVE: North Mississippi Allstars @ Cohoes Music Hall, 11/16/2019
The North Mississippi Allstars are configured as guitar, bass and drums. In the realm of rock/blues, one would ordinarily expect power trio with blazing guitar leads, power chords and thunder drums the music along the lines of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience or ZZ Top. Instead, the North Mississippi Allstars has forged its own path, dedicated to the preservation and updating the music of the Mississippi hills to the 21st century. Included in this history were the less known polyrhythmic Fife and Drum music unique to the area and as much a part of the blues heritage as boogie beats and the slide guitar. Their current recording Up and Rollin was inspired by photographs taken by a photographer more than 20 years ago, who was documenting the music at its time.
Bandleader, Luther Dickinson is a master musician, who played keyboards and drums as well as a master finger-picker and slide player. His brother Cody, is on drums and electric washboard, creating a unique sound. The two brothers have been playing together as a band since 1996.
Luther opened the concert on solo guitar. Covers as well originals such as “Going Down South” were played during the whole concert. “Rollin and Tumblin”, Howlin’ Wolf’s “I Ain’t Superstitious” and “Sitting on Top of the World” were covered in the North Mississippi Allstars unique melodic polyrhythmic style. Bob Dylan’s “Memphis Blues Again” was a surprise cover.
Luther declared his music was about a celebration of life and bringing people together. It certainly was that evening in Cohoes Music Hall.