Luther Dickinson's solo effort, Rock 'n Roll Blues, is much closer to the original blues of the 20's, 30's, and 40's than the music from his main gig with the North Mississippi Allstars. For one thing it's entirely acoustic. I remember reading an interview with him that he said he literally doesn't have an amplifier in his house. But that doesn't mean he's stuck in the mode of recreating the sounds of yesteryear. He's never afraid to mess with those sounds. This comes through loud and clear on his latest solo effort Rock 'n Roll Blues. This music could fit in any where in America from your neighborhood pub, to campfire in the backwoods of Mississippi, to the soundtrack of a favorite roadtrip. I'm adding "Rock 'n Roll Blues," "Mojo, Mojo," "Blood 'n Guts," and "Bar Band."
About Rock 'n Roll Blues by Luther Dickinson, from the One Sheet
Rock ‘n Roll Blues, the new album from Luther Dickinson, will be released on March 18th via New West Records. The album, Dickinson’s first since 2012’s Grammy-nominated Hambone’s Meditation, is available now for pre-order on digital, CD, and vinyl.
Rock ‘n Roll Blues reveals Luther to be not simply a superb guitar player, but also an acutely observant songwriter. “These songs didn’t fit onto my past records,” Luther says, “but they all fit together. When I realized they told the story of a guy growing into a life in music, it really did make sense as a song cycle and as a solo record.”