Marking the Grand Reopening for the State Bridge riverside amphitheater, the North Mississippi All Stars Duo are set to officially kick off the summer with a unique brand of hill-country, blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll.
Growing up near Memphis in northern Mississippi, 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, absorbing 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. And in 2009, he formed the South Memphis String Band with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus.
Meanwhile, Cody formed his own group, Hill Country Revue, which released its debut record “Make A Move” in 2009. They followed up with the release of “Zebra Ranch” in 2010. The band toured heavily behind the release and has shared the stage with a number of lauded musicians such as the Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.
As a duo Cody and Luther have toured extensively with Robert Plant and Band of Joy, played some of the biggest stages and released a live record.
What: North Mississippi All Stars Duo playing official Grand Reopening
Where: State Bridge Amphitheater, 0127 Trough Road, Bond, CO
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20, available at www.statebridge.com.