Join us for an evening of amazing music and important conversation about the Catskills
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST Presents:
The North Mississippi Allstars at the Bearsville Theater
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Doors 7pm – Show 8pm
Tickets: Reserved Balcony $35.00
General Admission: $20:00
For Tickets Click HERE
General Admission Tickets are Standing Room Only. Reserved Seating tickets are for Balcony Tickets.
Catskill Mountainkeeper will be at the concert to talk and share information about our High Peaks progams, Fracking and our Catskills Agricultural Initiative.
All tickets purchased online will be available at Will Call at the theater Box Office on the day of the show. Tickets will NOT be mailed out. Limited seating is available in the bar/lounge area. No flash photography please.
The North Mississippi Allstars were founded in 1996; a product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. RL Burnside, Jr. Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak; making classic records and touring the world. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi Blues legacy while playing and shaking it down at the juke joints with their blues ancestors. Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody (drums and vocals) joined up with bassist Chris Chew to form the core of their own band, the North Mississippi Allstars. Through the filter of generations of Mississippi Blues men, the Allstars pioneered their own blues-infused rock and roll. After touring as an opening act for a variety of artists and honing their chops as a unit, the North Mississippi Allstars issued their debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty in the spring of 2000. Their debut proved to be a success and earned them a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”. Bringing their style of hill country blues-infused rock & roll to stages all over the country and the world (including multiple tours in Europe and Asia), the Allstars quickly gained a loyal fan base. By 2005 the North Mississippi Allstars’ had released 4 studio records, 3 of which were Grammy nominated and earned the reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the loam of Southern blues and roots rock. After more than a decade touring together the Allstars decided to branch out in 2008 and pursue other projects. Luther played guitar and mandolin on the Black Crowes release “Warpaint” and soon became a full time member of the band. Meanwhile, Cody formed his own group Hill Country Revue, releasing 2 albums and touring the US extensively with his new band. Chris Chew briefly joined Hill Country Revue before moving on to pursue his own projects. In August 2009, Luther and Cody lost their father only months before Luther became one. Jim had always told them, “You need to be playing music together. You are better together than you will ever be apart.” Coincidentally, the Dickinson brothers were not together when Jim passed. At that moment, they were both off on their own, Luther with the Black Crowes and Cody with Hill Country Revue.
So in the spring of 2010, the North Mississippi Allstars reformed and went into the Zebra Ranch, the family’s recording studio where they had spent countless hours together with their dad, to create a record that could help them cope with the loss, and, at the same time, rejoice in his honor. The first line of Jim’s self-written eulogy was, “I refuse to celebrate death.” Luther, Cody and Chris Chew took heed and aimed to celebrate life instead; and the songs for the latest record, Keys to the Kingdom, came pouring out of their souls. Keys to the Kingdom is a song cycle, a celebratory declaration of life in the face of death as well as a musical interpretation of the Dickinson family’s recent experience with the cycle of life, written and recorded honestly, fast and raw. There are moments of rock ‘n roll rebellion andsexified blues, but the heart of the record reflects the journey that traverses through the mirrored gates of life and death. At the same time Keys to the Kingdom was being recorded, Luther and Cody began performing together as a duo. In early 2011, the NMA Duo released their official bootleg entitled ‘Live in the Hills’, taken from their performance at the annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp, MS. As a duo Luther and Cody have toured extensively with Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, played many major festival stages, and toured throughout Europe. See Shake ‘Em On Down, by the Mississippi Allstars on YouTube
Keys to the Kingdom
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‘Hear The Hills’