North Mississippi Allstars: Hernando (Songs of the South)

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North Mississippi Allstars: Soldier
North Mississippi Allstars: Hernando (Songs of the South)

These Allstars aren't really, but two of them are the sons of the great James Luther Dickinson whose last album was one of the Best of Elsewhere 2007: a swirling implosion of country, psychedelic rock, blues and cornmash liquor.

The boys haven't fallen too far from the tree but sometimes bring a swag more gritty psychedelic blues into the picture here and you'd be forgiven for thinking some of this has been beamed in from sometime in '72 when the Allman Brothers, Blue Cheer, Cream, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Buddy Guy and were all jostling for their turntable attention.

This opens as a ferociously exciting and sometimes down'n'dirty rock'n'roll blues album with incendiary, scattershot guitar from Luther -- and bassist Chris Chew steps forward for the vocal on a Champion Jack Dupree period piece I'd Love To Be A Hippy which has just the right amount of bluesy bemused scepticism finds its counterpoint in Luther's smooth but stinging guitar.

But later they also deliver low range boogie (Mizzip), righteous soul (Soldier, the six-minute standout), piano-driven barroom rock'n'roll (Blow Out) and close with the cooler mood of the ballad Long Way From Home.

It's quite some journey.

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