Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX
Blues powerhouse North Mississippi Allstars comes full circle on their latest record, Up and Rolling, released last fall. The album sees brother duo Luther and Cody Dickinson reflect on decades of history — and with 24 years, ten albums and three Grammy nominations under their belt, there’s a lot of history to talk about. In many ways, Up and Rolling marks a homecoming for the brothers; the pair recorded the album back home in Mississippi at The Zebra Ranch, the studio established by their late father, legendary producer Jim Dickinson. Inspired by a re-discovered roll of film taken in 1996 that spotlights the music community of their rural childhood, the record is a love letter written to the landscape of their youth with modern touches. The Allstars blend the hill country blues of the ’90s with their version of current Mississippi music, infused with psychedelic flavor. Up and Rolling also represents a renewal of the community and collaborative spirit of their youth, with features including Mavis Staples and Jason Isbell. Ahead of a two night lineup at Antone’s on Feb. 7 and 8, the Allstars dropped by Studio 1A to perform some new jams. They were joined by Jesse Williams on bass.
— Annie Lyons, KUTX Intern
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Host: Jody Denberg
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Julia Reihs, Michael Minasi, Jose Moreno, Patricia Lim, Steven Gonzalez, Faith Castle