The Drop: North Mississippi Allstars

The GRAMMY Museum will welcome North Mississippi Allstars to the Museum's Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation moderated by Scott Goldman, followed by a performance. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars grew up just south of Memphis, Mississippi, where they cut their teeth playing experimental rock & roll together, as well as the roots repertoire pioneered by their father, Jim Dickinson, a legendary producer (Big Star, the Replacements) and session player (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). Their album Shake Hands with Shorty in 2000 made the Allstars one of the most celebrated roots acts around. In 23 years, they’ve released ten studio albums, three of which were nominated for Blues Album of the Year GRAMMYs. (Luther has notched another four nominations in various categories on top of that.)  More important, they’ve played countless shows in front of avid crowds, touring alongside Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Mavis Staples, and John Hiatt, among many others.


Their new album Up and Rolling was inspired by a series of forgotten photographs taken by photographer Wyatt McSpadden in 1996. Taking place before their career took off as a band, the photos captured Luther and Cody playing alongside the legendary musical families of North Mississippi who taught them. With help from Cedric Burnside and Sharde Thomas (ancestors of the great Mississippi musicians RL Burnside and Otha Turner, who were featured in the photos) as well as guest appearances from Mavis Staples and Jason Isbell, Luther and Cody covered some of their favorite songs by these local heroes along with originals. While inspired by the community and music captured in those photographs from more than 20 years ago, Up and Rolling is the sound of modern Mississippi.