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North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom

The Real Blues Brothers


The late pianist, producer and world-class raconteur Jim Dickinson explained that he’d relocated his family from Memphis to Mississippi’s hill country in the ’80s to complete his sons’ musical education. Smart move. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson — who, along with towering bassist Chris Chew, compose the North Mississippi Allstars — are a guitar-and-drums tag team who can wrangle just about anything stinking of red dust and kudzu, from juke-joint stomp and post-Allmans harmonies to wiry improv and dirty, grinding swamp funk. Since late 2007, six-string wielder Luther has been playing with the Black Crowes, and he’s just recorded a tribute to his dad, the new Onward and Upward. Cody’s jumped from behind the drums to flog guitar with his own Hill Country Revue, who released their debut Make a Move last year. But now they’ve reunited for the Allstars’ first large-scale tour since 2008’s Hernando, reaffirming their family ties and their muddy roots.
Fri., Feb. 5, 9 p.m., 2010

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