LUTHER DICKINSON — Rock ‘n Roll Blues

Album: Rock ‘n Roll Blues

Artist: Luther Dickinson

Label: New West

Release Date: March 08, 2014

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BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

A son of the South, and, more importantly, a son of renowned producer Jim Dickinson, Luther Dickinson had a birthright that was already well assured. Happily then, he opted not to simply lean on his legacy. Instead he’s built a solid career of which he could be justifiably proud, one based around a number of eminent ensembles, the Black Crowes and his own North Mississippi Allstars among them.

As Dickinson has repeatedly demonstrated, his southern roots run deep. Yet they also rise to the surface on Luther’s latest album, a musical travelogue that details a perpetual journey through the heartland. Seemingly autobiographical, the songs range from the rap and funk of “Vandalize” (“Rockin’ solo, skateboard anarchy”) and the cocky commentary “Yard Man,” to the swampy groove of “Goin’ Country,” the casual saunter of “Stone’s Throw” and the wistful repast of the jaunty and ever so jovial “Mojo, Mojo.”

In this homage to his heritage, Dickinson shares a particularly soulful soiree. A seamless blend of sass and savvy, this southern specialty is served with style.

DOWNLOAD: “Yard Man,” “Stone’s Throw”

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