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Published on March 10th, 2016 | by Alex Thiel


Luther Dickinson Will Perform In-Store at The End of All Music Sunday March 13

Guitarist and singer Luther Dickinson has been a staple of the North Mississippi music scene for decades now, rising to prominence as a member of the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, and later as lead guitarist for The Black Crowes. However, his latest record, Blues & Balladsmarks a step back from the electrified blues-boogie sound that made him famous in favor of a more stripped-down, personal approach to songwriting.

Luther Dickenson Illustration, September 11, 2015

According to Dickinson, Blues & Ballads “celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed… [a]nd entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks.”

The CD is packaged with Luther’s own handwritten lyrics, but the vinyl LP fully embraces his stance against the immediacy and vapidity of modern music consumption. It includes a songbook of transcribed songs — “the original recording technique,” according to Dickinson — and was produced in a limited run with the intention of retaining an exclusive, underground aura.

“This art is not for the masses,” he says. “It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.”

Luther Dickinson will play selections from his new record, Blues & Ballads, at 1 pm Sunday, March 13 at The End of All Music. Lunch will be served by the YoknapaTaco truck. The Local Voice Ligature

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Alex Thiel was a writer and Sports Editor for The Local Voice. A 2014 graduate of Ole Miss, Alex spends his days in Oxford as a freelance audio/video artist, yelling into microphones as a member of Carlos Danger, performing comedy noncommittally, digging around the University’s film archives for Ole Miss Sports Productions, and occasionally serving you beverages in exchange for your money.

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