For those who have followed the career of the North Mississippi Allstars, part of the excitement has been the many iterations of the lineup over the years. With brothers Luther
Bayliss + Stasik + Garvey + Dickinson = Motorboat
Earlier this fall Robert Plant released his latest foray into the world of roots-rock with Band Of Joy via Round Records. The album, named in honor of the experimental blues band he played in with John Bonham prior to forming Led Zeppelin, features Plant backed by an impressive band of top-notch roots musicians including Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott, Byron House and Marco Giovino.
Plant & Co., who played a brief summer tour, have confirmed that they will head back on the road for a 15-date North American tour that will kick off on January 18 in Asheville, NC at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and includes a high profile stop at New York’s Beacon Theatre on the 29th. Joining Plant as the opening act will be DUOLOCO otherwise known as Cody and Luthor Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars.
READ ON for the full Band of Joy tour itinerary…
It’s been a little over a year since Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew of the North Mississippi All Stars decided to stretch their musical wings out by forming a new band with a new direction. The result is a high energy, rock and roll blues act called Hill Country Revue. While Chew remains his rock bottom steady self on bass guitar, Dickinson climbs out from behind the drum kit to play lead guitar (along with electric washboard, piano, some drums and vocals as well). They are joined by Daniel Robert Coburn on vocals and harmonica, Kirk Smithhart on guitar, slide guitar and vocals, Edward “Hot” Cleveland on drums and Garry Burnside on electric guitar, bass and vocals.
It’s been a few short weeks since Hill Country Revue’s debut album, Make A Move, hit the streets and the buzz has been stellar – with the album charting on the Billboard Blues chart. While the general feel of the album is gritty rock and roll that is very heavily steeped in the blues, there is a difference that defies such generalizations. You can give it any name you like, gospel, soul, swamp boogie, whatever, it won’t change the fact that Make A Move will make you “shake your ass” as Coburn sings in the self titled second cut on the new disc.
Cody Dickinson checked in from the road recently to catch us up on what’s been going on with the band and their summer tour plans.
A.J. Crandall: I noticed you are playing a lot of festivals this summer. Are you looking forward to any of them in particular?
Cody Dickinson: Oh, yeah. The line up for All Good looks so cool. We’re really excited about that one.
AJ: I’ve really been looking forward to this weekend to Bonnaroo, that’s my big trip of the year.
CD: I’m going to be there, playing guitar with Jerry Hannan . Unfortunately Hill country is not on the bill, maybe next year. But I am playing on Saturday afternoon; you should definitely check it out.
READ ON for more of AJ’s interview with Cody Dickinson…