Catching up with North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars perform Saturday night at Soul Kitchen, Mobile  (via

North Mississippi Allstars perform Saturday night at Soul Kitchen, Mobile (via

Luther tells us of exciting adventures in the future with Allman Bros’ Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge, Lightnin’ Malcolm joining the band, and performing NMA songs with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra among other things. Listen and read about the interview.

It’s always delightful to chat with Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and learning what the now famed band and members have been doing and what’s coming in the future.
During the conversation, Luther reminded me how long I’ve known and seen them. From my tending bar days at SouthSide Music Hall around 1998 (later became Soul Kitchen & Alabama Music Box), to interviewing this “new” band backstage Bonnaroo 2004, to numerous interviews and shows, including tonight’s gig at Soul Kitchen.

North Mississippi Allstars promo pic, circa 1997 (

North Mississippi Allstars promo pic, circa 1997 (

Since then, among other projects, the band has backed John Hiatt for his Master of Disaster record and tour, formed another All Starr band with Robert Randolph and John Medeski called ‘The Word’, and recently joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for a symphonic performance of North Mississippi Allstars songs (which Luther discusses below).  Luther was recently named one of the new guitar gods by Rolling Stone magazine and was asked to join the Black Crowes for several albums.

Roots Rock Revival CampOn Friday, Luther told us about Lightnin’ Malcolm sitting in for Chris Chew, who’s been having some health issues but stays with the band as their bus driver;  his and brother Cody’s next big exciting adventure with Allman Brothers’ Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge for the Roots Rock Revival Camp in upstate New York, where they’ll teach and jam with aspiring musicians about the craft; the unforgettable night with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; and his oilcan guitar.

Here’s what he said:


Well doggonit, the audio file appears to be missing. Check back later after we contact the authorities about the situation ;-)


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