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Luther Dickinson’s first solo album away from the North Mississippi All-Stars was the instrumental acoustic set Hambone’s Meditations, which earned a GRAMMY® nomination. Such strong notice might tempt a less adventurous spirit to follow things up with another set of instrumentals, but the Dickinson pedigree demands progress and exploration. Working with upright bassist Amy LaVere and drummers Sharde Thomas and Lightnin’ Malcolm (who all sing backup when necessary), Dickinson has a tight-knit ensemble who understand intuitively what’s required of them here, and together they work it out without fuss and plenty of genuine grooves to complement these vocal numbers. “Goin’ Country” features intense slide guitar licks and claims that the rock ’n’ roll thing might not pan out, while “Blood ’n Guts” is an autobiographical account of just what a lifer like Dickinson is in for. “Mojo, Mojo” puts everyone’s voices together with a solid, whistling lead fife from Thomas for a tune that flows as naturally as water. Rock ’n’ Roll Blues is an easygoing masterpiece that pretends it doesn’t care that it wants to be just that.

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Po Boy got nothin 2 lose

Awesome storyteller songwriting, funky finger picked guitar, searing slide work and top notch yet minimal production. I also really enjoyed the fife and drums on some of the songs. I didn't expect anything less from Luther and his friends. The lyrics to Yard Man made me and my girlfriend laugh out loud.

Slowly gets into your soul

I’m a huge NMA fan but this is so much different. After three runs through the album it has struck a cord and become part of a top list of music led by Luther. In short I absolutely love this album. I also feel the same way he does about cutting my grass...

Amazing Luther

What an incredible work - can't get enough of this album


Born: January 18, 1973 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A gifted guitarist with an eclectic range of influences, Luther Dickinson has earned a reputation as an innovator in modern blues while also having a keen understanding and respect for its rich history. Dickinson came from a notable musical family. His father, Jim Dickinson, was an influential studio musician and producer who played piano with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Delaney & Bonnie, and the Rolling Stones, and produced sessions for Ry Cooder, Big Star, Toots Hibbert, and Mudhoney,...
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