Saturday To-Do: North Mississippi Allstars | Rock Candy

Saturday To-Do: North Mississippi Allstars



8:30 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.

Between 1992-93 Luther and Cody Dickinson (sons of famed producer, session man and Little Rock native Jim Dickinson) used to play Vino's as part of a young blues-infested power trio out of Memphis called DDT. A few short years later, they birthed North Mississippi Allstars. Their debut 2000 release, “Shake Hands With Shorty,” was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” and they received a W.C. Handy Award for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2001. These days, they've been at it long enough to have consuming side projects — Luther joined the Black Crowes in 2007, while Cody and bassist Chris Chew have stayed busy with the Hill Country Revue. So we're lucky to get an all-ages show squeezed in here. Known for its raucous take on hill-country, juke-joint-style trance blues in the spirit of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, NMA could offer one of the city's last great shows of the year. In related news, the band heads into 2009 with a full head of steam, releasing a 10-year retrospective titled “Do It Like We Used To Do,” a two-CD, one-DVD package set for a late January release.

Paul Peterson

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