“Give me a great theatre and the North Mississippi Allstars kicking things off and I’m gone” Robert Plant
(days after the NMA Duo opened for him in July 2010)
Growing up in Mississippi near Memphis, TN, Luther and Cody Dickinson have had a life-long experience in music. The brothers soaked up the music of their father, acclaimed musician and renowned producer Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi Blues legacy while playing and shaking it down at the juke joints with their blues ancestors. In 1996, inspired by the Mississippi Hill Country blues tradition of local heroes RL Burnside, Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough, and Otha Turner, the Dickinson brothers added bass player Chris Chew and formed the North Mississippi Allstars.
After more than a decade touring together and releasing five studio albums, three of which were Grammy nominated, the brothers decided to branch out and pursue other projects. In 2008, Luther played guitar and mandolin on the Black Crowes release “Warpaint” and soon became a full time member of the band. In 2009 he formed the South Memphis String Band with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus, touring moderately and releasing an album Home Sweet Home.
Meanwhile, Cody formed his own group Hill Country Revue, which released its debut record “Make A Move” in May 2009. They followed up with the release of “Zebra Ranch” in the fall of 2010. The band toured heavily behind the release and has shared the stage with a number of lauded musicians including the Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.
As the Duo, Cody and Luther have toured extensively with Robert Plant & the Band of Joy and played many major festival stages. In early 2010 they released a live record, entitled ‘Live in the Hills’.
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