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North Mississippi All-Stars - Keys To The Kingdom
Songs Of The South
Eulogizing their father Jim Dickinson in the release of Keys To The Kingdom is the best therapy for sons Luther and Cody who make up two thirds of the North Mississippi All-Stars.
dwell in a post-mortem state of depression, The All-Stars use this music
to celebrate life. It's what Jim would have wanted.
Substituting their hill-country roots with more of a rocking sound has been this bands biggest suite. Opening cut "This A' Way" comes off with great hooks and choruses that would make this a great number to perform live. Ditto for second track "Jumpercable Blues" that has Gordie Johnson guesting on guitar to add a little flash to its raucous boogie.
Mavis Staples adds her vocals to the gospel tent revival "The Meeting." Guitarist Luther Dickinson seems willing to meet the Grim Reaper head on in the rejoiceful proclamation of "Hear The Hills."
only cover on this cd is Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With The
Memphis Blues Again," the All-Stars twist this ditty into a real roots
Southern rocker. Dickinson with his slide makes "Let It Roll" a piece of
White Lightning cruising on Highway 61.
The final two tracks wrap this cd up giving its final closure. Ghosts of the hill-country revisit the rocking mantra of "Aint None O' Mine." And "Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven" points out that Jim Dickinson is going to have a helluva party behind them Pearly Gates. The song bounces along with a country blues line giddy in nature.
The production credit reads Produced For Jim Dickinson. With Keys To The Kingdom, it's the best tribute these guys can make.?
Reviewed by Gary “Wingman” Weeks.To submit a review or interview please contact: