NMM North Mississippi Allstars & The Black Crowes
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
Guitarist-vocalist Luther Dickinson says of the North Mississippi Allstars’ Hernando. “Musically, it’s our most solid statement. It’s just real natural and organic and honest. Luther – who is joined by his band mates: Brother Cody on drums and friend Chris Chew on bass to help them develop the nuevo-retro sound, the Allstars turned to a familiar studio partner: Luther and Cody’s father, the legendary James Luther Dickinson. Hernando was recorded in the group’s North Mississippi hometown, at Jim Dickinson’s studio Zebra Ranch. Luther and the band were aiming for a new-millennium version of the sound engineer Eddie Kramer developed with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The Black Crowes recently released their first new studio recording in seven years. "Warpaint” is a declaration of our soulful independence," says Chris Robinson, the creative force behind this band with his brother Rich for the past 18 years. Their new songs build on the band’s trademark adventurous brew of rock, blues, country, soul and gospel. "People have wondered if it's a political record or if these are protest songs. I say no, my politics are the politics of beauty. And if that's something you're into, then you have to understand the myriad of shades we have in something beautiful – from joy to pain to sorrow, from tenderness to ugliness.” As always, The Black Crowes continue to do things their own way.