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Album Review

North Mississippi Allstars fans will likely recognize the name. This is the moniker that the blues-rockers used when playing the 2004 Bonnaroo festival with an expanded lineup. In 2009 it then become a side project (the group apparently prefers the word "extended band") of the original three piece, revived as NMAS guitarist Luther Dickinson took a leave of absence to join the Black Crowes for that act's 2008 tour and album, Warpaint. Brother Cody Dickinson used the downtime to his advantage, stepping out from behind the drum set to play guitar and be frontman in this new combo. It features All-stars bassist Chris Chew and seven songs written by R.L. Burnside's son Garry (who also contributes occasional guitar). The resulting music sounds, perhaps not surprisingly, like a more rootsy NMAS album. The Allstars' funk, occasional hip-hop and psychedelia have been stripped away to reveal a gruff, gritty, electrified swamp stomp, with occasional, not so subtle nods to the Allman Brothers Band. It's a tougher, harder edged attack that's a bit bulkier than the Allstars, predominantly due to guests on each track, one of which is brother Luther. While there's little NMAS lovers haven't heard, these ten tunes nail a rugged groove and lock onto it with the offhand tightness of an act that understands the genre and blows through this driving material without pretention or artifice. Two Burnside brothers, Garry and Duwayne contribute electric guitar to various tracks, but since there aren't individual credits, it's difficult to pick out who's playing what. Garry Burnside has a knack for writing a hook so even if the lyrics aren't going to rival anything in the Dylan catalog ("Dirty Shirt," "Let Me Love You," and "You Can Make It" are as simplistic as they seem), this is about killer riffs and a rocking vibe. Two R.L. Burnside covers bring additional authenticity to a bunch of guys who have lived, breathed, and been baptized in this crusty blues boogie by being born and raised in Mississippi. Cody's legendary father Jim Dickinson is aboard as "director," and he likely keeps the sound appropriately soulful and sweaty. Songs such as the slow grinding "Let's Talk about You and Me" sound as slimy and muddy as the Mississippi river in the heat of the summer as the slide guitar grinds away against Hill Country Revue's bedrock rhythm section. This is unapologetically gutsy Southern blues-rock, played as raw and edgy as anything on the Fat Possum label and with arguably more energy.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding

The tunes that these guys belt out is wholesome and delicious! I had the chance to see them rock the house in Santa Cruz, CA and when all was said and done, Cody was outside greeting the patrons. I says to the man 'Dude, I can't hear a thing but you guys were awesome!' He slaps me on the back as a huge smile grows on his face and he says 'Well then we did our job brother!'. If your feet aren't tapping in the first 30 seconds of every song, you may have a condition that you should get checked out!

Flash Back

Wow.. I just got pushed back 30yrs +. Sounds Great!! Love it!!!

Rockin' Hot Blues

The album is great. The band is greater. The live show is greatest! This cd needs to be added to any blues rock collection, otherwise it would be an incomplete set. You have to hear it, then you have to see them.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Playing a by-now patented ragged and loose North Mississippi juke joint-based version of southern rock and blues, the Hill Country Revue was formed in 2008 by Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew of the North Mississippi Allstars along with drummer Ed "Hot" Cleveland, blues harpist Daniel Coburn, and guitarist Kirk Smithhart, with frequent appearances by fellow NMA-member Luther Dickinson on guitar, drummer Martin Shore, bassist Aaron Julison, and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Garry Burnside, the son...
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